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Physical Education A Level at Heckmondwike Grammar School

Course description

For further information on all courses click here Subject Booklet

Course content

Course Content


  • Skeletal, muscular,cardiovascular, respiratory systems
  • Muscle fibre types


  • Newtons laws of motion
  • Movement analysis

Skill acquisition

  • Classification of skills
  • Transfer/feedback
  • Motor programmes
  • Theories of learning
  • Memory models
  • Types of guidance
  • Types of practice


  • Sport in society
  • Historical development of sport
  • Case studies of cricket, athletics football and tennis
  • Pre and post-industrial development of Sport in Britain
  • Public schools


Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Qualifications

Grade 6 in GCSE Physical Education

Or BTEC Sport plus competence in a specific sport.

Grade 6 in English Language or English Literature.

Grade 5 in science



Paper 1: 2h written exam

90 marks (30% of total A-level)

Paper 2: 1h written exam

60 marks (20% of total A-level)

Paper 3: 1h written exam

90 marks (20% of total A-level)

Performance OR coaching in one activity.

30 marks (15% of total A level)

Evaluation and analysis for improvement.

30 marks (15% of total A-level

For further details, see subject booklet as above.


Future opportunities

Career Opportunities

Sports scientists are involved in all aspects of sports performance from grass roots to elite level. Students may also go on to complete furthers studies in medical fields such as physiotherapy and dentistry. The course also prepares students for Physical Education teaching at a primary and secondary level.

Opportunities exist for work with professional teams, organisations and athletes in a range of sports.


Further information

Special Features

The course provides students with an in-depth understanding of all aspects of sports performance and physical education such as anatomy, exercise physiology, injury rehabilitation, training, diet/nutrition, performance enhancement, analysis of performance, biomechanics, sports psychology, socio cultural and historical aspects.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 16 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 52 Weeks

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