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PHYSICAL EDUCATION - delivered at St Thomas Aquinas School at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School

Course description


• Develop knowledge and skills they require to perform effectively in physical activities.

• Develop the skills and techniques necessary to analyse, evaluate and improve performance.

• Develop an understanding of the factors influencing performance and the ability to apply these to a range of physical activities.

• Develop a capacity to explain current provision for participation in physical activity in the context of social issues and global trends.

• Develop an appreciation of social, moral and cultural issues which affect participation and performance in physical activity.

Course content


Unit H555/01 – Physiological Factors Affecting Performance:

Anatomy and Physiology

Exercise Physiology


• 2 hour written exam • 30% of the total Advanced GCE mark

Unit H555/02 – Psychological Factors Affecting Performance:

Skill Acquisition

Sports Psychology

• 1 hour written exam • 20% of the total Advance GCE mark

Unit H555/03 – Socio-Cultural Issues in Physical Activity and Sport

Sport and Society

Contemporary Issues

• 1 hour written exam • 20% of the total Advanced GCSE mark

Performance in Physical Education

Performance or Coaching in a specialist activity

Evaluation and Analysis of Performance

• Non-exam assessment (NEA) • 30% of the total Advanced GCE mark

Entry requirements

You should have achieved an Average Point Score across all your GCSE subjects of 40+ and it is desirable to have achieved a grade 5 in English and a grade B Science. It is desirable but not essential to have studied Physical Education at GCSE.

Future opportunities


Advanced Physical Education is a demanding course for students, encompassing many approaches to a wide range of issues relating to sport and physical activity. It is an ideal course in preparation for higher education and those who wish to be involved in the ever expanding sports, fitness and health industries.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September