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Physical Education A-Level at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College

Course description

Physical Education studies the demands made upon a sports performer from physiological, psychological and sociological points of view. it offers students the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding and personal competence in two activities and students are expected to be actively involved in the activities throughout the course, playing their first sport at club level.

The practical assessment involves:

  • Personal competence in one or two sports/dance as a performer and a coach
  • ability to identify and correct faults for themselves
  • ability to demonstrate specified skills and techniques in a competition situation
  • one practical activity is used by the performer to analyse and evaluate strengths and weaknesses.

Students are required to have a grade C in Additional Science, Biology or Physics or Merit in BTEC Science before starting the course. At AS one module involves students gaining knowledge of anatomy and applying it to sporting activities. As well as the body working, it also involves knowledge of the mind and skill acquisition that leads into sports psychology. The study opportunities for participation in society them completes the AS module and there is a two hour written exam.

There is a two hour exam in year 1 and 2.

At A2 students study physiology, sports psychology, biomechanics and elite performance and develop their practical competence in one sport in a fully competitive situation, therefore students must continue to play their club level sport.

Course content

Unit 1

  • Anatomy: Movement analysis including bones, muscles and joints. Heart and circulation. Respiration. Skill Acquisition: Learning and developing skillful movement Contemporary Studies: Issues connected with sport in society and history of sport.
Unit 2
  • Practical performance in 1 activity. Club level/Dance school in one sport and coaching in 1 sport
Unit 3
  • Sports Psychology, Evaluating Contemporary Issues and Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics.
Unit 4
  • Practical: Club level in one sport.Written coursework evaluating own performance.
How it is taught

40% practical at AS, 40% at A2

Units are teacher-led using a combination of styles and practical examples to demonstrate theoretical issues.

Students regularly complete exam style tasks and questions.

Students have the opportunity to complete their CSL Award as part of the course.

Entry requirements

The usual entry requirement to QE is 5 GCSE grades at C or above including Maths or English. A good number of students study four AS Levels in their first year and to do this we require at least 3B grades and 3C grades at GCSE including Maths and English Language. Students who do not achieve these GCSE grades take fewer subjects at A Level and will be required to do resits in GCSE Maths and English if they have not already achieved a grade C in these core subjects. The College is large enough to have a very flexible timetable that allows students to take almost any combination of subjects at A Level. The advantage of this system is that we can tailor your programme to suit your needs and abilities. We give lots of advice if you decide to apply to the College.

Subject Specific

A student should have a GCSE grade C in Additional Science, Biology or physics (or at least Merit in BTEC First Certificate) and a GCSE grade C in either Maths or English.

In order to study Physical Education at Advanced Level, a student should perform at club level in their chosen sport.


Unit 1 - 2 hours written exam includes essay style question - 1st Year June

Unit 2 - Practical performance and coaching external moderation - 1st Year March

Unit 3 - 2 hours written exam – includes 3 essay style questions - 2nd Year June

Unit 4 - Practical assessment and analysis of performance or coaching external moderation - Marks submitted Jan Moderation Feb/March

Future opportunities

A number of students progress to related courses at university and take up careers in Physical Education teaching, physiotherapy, sport and exercise science, sports coaching and the sport and leisure industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 17 April 2015
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