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Physical Education A Level at John Hampden Grammar School

Course description

In year 2 the specification enables candidates to further develop their understanding of physiological, psychological and biomechanical aspects that optimise performance. Candidates will also explore and evaluate the impact of contemporary issues, such as technology, on sport and the performer.

Candidates will be given the opportunity to utilise their own knowledge and understanding gained during the course, to improve their personal performance as a practical performer, coach/leader or official.



1: Lifestyle

  • The physiological effects of adopting a healthy lifestyle
  • The short term effect of exercise/performance and the long term effects of training
  • Analysis of movement across a range of sporting actions
  • Acquisition of skills and the impact of psychological factors on performance
  • Opportunities for physical activity, benefits to the individual and society and the potential barriers faced by minority groups

2: Analysis and evaluation of physical activity as performer and/or in an adopted role/s

  • Execution of skills/techniques in two roles (performer, official/referee/umpire/judge or leader/coach) in a chosen physical activity
  • Analysis of own performance
  • Application of theoretical knowledge to achieve effective performance

3: Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within sport

  • Energy sources and systems
  • Elite preparation and training
  • Specialised training and sports injuries
  • The use of psychological theories and techniques to optimise performance
  • Concepts and characteristics of World Games and their impact on the state and individual
  • Development and impact of sports technology on performers, equipment and facilities
  • The development of sport from rational recreation to its modern day format

4: Optimising practical performance in a competitive situation

  • Optimising performance in competitive or performance conditions in one role
  • Evaluation of own performance in identifying weaknesses
  • Suggesting cause of own weakness and an appropriate corrective measure

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements are as follows – all of these requirements must be met:

  • A minimum of 7 GCSE full course passes at a C grade or higher
  • A minimum GCSE total points score of 344 based on the best 8 full course separate subject GCSE passes
  • A minimum C grade in English Language and Mathematics
  • B in GCSE PE or B in GCSE Biology or BB in Additional Science. In addition we would expect students to have, at a minimum, represented the School in a sport or have a strong coaching background with NGB qualifications

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John Hampden Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 30 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years