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Physical Education AS/A2 Level at Saint Cecilia's Church of England School

Course description

As per Curriculum

Course content

AS Units:

Unit 1

Anatomy and Phsiology

  • The skeletal and muscular Systems
  • Motion and  movement
  • The cardiovascular and respiratory systems in relation to performance

Acquiring movement skills

  • Classification of motor skills
  • The development of motor skills
  • Information processing
  • Motor control in skills in physical activity

Socio-cultural studies

  • Physical activity
  • Sport and culture
  • Contemporary sporting issues

Unit 2

  • Performance in practical
  • Evaluating and planning for improvement of performance

Practical Assessment

  • 2 sports

A2 Units

AS Units plus 3 of the 5 option groups below  (at least 1 from Section A):

Section A: Socio-cultural options

Historical Studies:

  • Popular Recreation in Pre-Industrial Britain
  • Rational Recreation in Post-Industrial Britain
  • Nineteenth Century Public Schools and Their Impact on Sport as we know it!
  • Case Studies
  • Drill, Physical training and Physical Education in state Schools

Comparative Studies:

  • The United Kingdom
  • The United States of America
  • Australia

Section B: Section Options

Sports Psychology

  • Individual aspects of performance
  • Group Dynamics of Performance and audience effects
  • Mental Preparation for physical activity


  • Linear Motion in Physical activity
  • Force physical activity
  • Fluid mechanics physical activity
  • Stability and angular motion in activity
  • A critical Evaluation of Performance in selected physical activities

Exercise and Sport Psychology

  • Energy
  • Health components of physical activity
  • Application of principles of training
  • Performance enhancement

Unit 4 Practical Performance

  • Performance
  • Evaluation, appreciation and the improvement of performance

Practical Assessement

  • One of the sports studied at AS level


Entry requirements

You will need to have:

  • A love of sport
  • Interest in the social importance of sport in the past and present
  •  An understanding of the importance of the human body
  • A desire to learn about other cultures
  • Ability to perform to a high level in two sports


Future opportunities

You could be:

  • A PE Teacher
  • A Physiotherapist
  • A Sports Psychologist
  • In Sports Management
  • In Sports Massage
  • In Physical Therapy
  • A Sports Coach and many more!

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, please contact us on 0208 7801244 or

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saint Cecilia's Church of England School directly.

Last updated date: 10 March 2015
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      Saint Cecilia’s is a co-educational comprehensive school for pupils aged 11-18 years in the Diocese of Southwark and the London Borough of Wandsworth. The school is highly successful and well-respected with a proven record of high academic standards taught in a caring, supportive and distinctly Christian environment.

      The school respects the unique contribution which every individual can make to the community and seeks to place this contribution within a clear structure which both embraces the highest possible academic aspirations and accepts individual differences in ability, aptitude and level of skills. Saint Cecilia’s is primarily a learning community and its culture of teaching and learning unlocks pupils’ potential for self-fulfillment and prepares them to take their place within adult life as well-rounded responsible and caring people.

      At the heart of the school is its Christian foundation, where Jesus Christ is reflected in every aspect of school life. This is true in the relationships we build, the choices we make, the attitudes we adopt and the goals for which we strive, and as a Christian school we are proud to declare that we exist to “Glorify God Through Outstanding, Enjoyable Education”.

      Our school community is enriched by a committed staff, good discipline and wide range of extra-curricular and enrichment activities aimed at broadening our pupils’ experiences. We pride ourselves on knowing each child personally, thereby enabling us to monitor carefully the all-round development of each child during his or her time with us.

      Indeed, we want all pupils to look back on their time at this school as the happiest time of their lives; this is what we strive for day in and day out. Our success is also built on the excellent partnerships developed with parents and carers, through which we can promote the kind of education that enables our pupils to prosper and receive the very best educational opportunities.

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      Life in the Sixth Form is exciting and vibrant with a real sense of purpose. Students are encouraged to study a combination of courses that are most suited to their interests, particular skill set and future career and life ambitions. Students are encouraged to 'think big'  and 'aim high'. We want every student to at least fulfil, if not exceed, his or her academic potential, and there is a real drive towards achieving academic success.

      However, life in the Sixth Form at Saint Cecilia's offers much more than that. It is our desire for students to achieve their academic potential, but equally we want students to leave here having successfully managed the transition from child to adult, and to have developed the skills, abilities, confidence and character to lead fulfilled and happy adult lives and make a valuable contribution to the society in which they live.