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Physical Education at The New Sixth Bath

Course description

The course is both practical and theoretical. In the practical section the students can perform as a coach or an official in a chosen sport, as well as a performer. The theory covers topics such as skill acquisition, sports psychology, physiology, anatomy and contemporary studies. The breakdown is 30% practical and 70% written examination.

AS Level:

Unit 1: Opportunities for and the effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle. This section focuses on how understanding the body and its systems can help lead to a healthy and active lifestyle.

Unit 2: Analysis and evaluation of physical activity as a performer and/or in an adopted role. The course-work component is based upon the principles of acquiring and applying knowledge, skills and understanding from the learning of the theoretical aspects covered in this unit, in order to develop and improve performance in a minimum of two sport related roles. Students will be given the opportunity to analyse the performance of themselves and others, facilitating a refining of skills via an analysis of techniques and their application in isolation and modified conditions or conditioned practices.

A2 Level:

Unit 3: Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within sport. Students study how exercise physiology can optimise performance, how application of psychological knowledge can optimise performance and contemporary influences in sport and their impact on the performer.

Unit 4: Optimising practical performance in a competitive situation. The nature of the unit requires students to utilise the knowledge and understanding developed from the course to improve their own personal performance, as a practical performer, coach/leader or official in one activity. Students perform, analyse and evaluate their own performance, identify areas of performance that they could improve, and suggest causes and appropriate corrective measures.

Entry requirements

Students who take this course will have at least a grade B in GCSE PE, or have achieved a Distinction in BTEC Sport. They will have an interest in both the theoretical and practical elements of physical education and they will play sport at a high level. Students could go on to study for a degree in sports science, sports studies, physiotherapy or teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The New Sixth Bath directly.

Last updated date: 04 September 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years


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    • The New Sixth is located at the southern gateway to the World Heritage City of Bath with beautiful views towards the Severn estuary and over Bath. Access to the Sixth Form is easy as it is on main bus routes and next to the Bath Park and Ride terminus making it an easy destination for students.