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Physical Education A level at Highworth Grammar School

Course description

You will learn in depth about how the body works from a movement point of view (skeleton, muscles, heart and lungs, energy systems and training), from a psychological view (learning of skills, memory, factors that affect performance, functioning as a group) and a social, historical and cultural point of view.
Lessons will be a mixture of formal taught lessons, group work, presentations, videos and practical lessons whenever relevant. There is not a specific practical lesson as there is at GCSE level.

Entry requirements

You should have a genuine interest in sport both at a practical and theoretical level. You must be willing to keep up to date with current sporting news and events in the newspapers and on the television in order to widen your general knowledge of social and political aspects as well as the sports themselves.
You will be required to have at least Grade 7 in GCSE Physical Education, but those who have not had this opportunity will be considered on an individual basis. In addition, you will need to have achieved a minimum of Grade 6 in both GCSE English and Science. You must be taking part in your own time in ONE sport to a very high competitive standard e.g. district or county level and above on a regular basis or at a club. This activity needs to be sustained for the whole duration of the course as the assessment can only take place in a competitive context at the end of the second year.


There will be a summative assessment at the end of the 2 years that will include a practical assessment and a written exam on the theoretical aspects of the course.
You will be assessed in your ability to perform effectively in ONE of the following roles in a chosen activity: practical performer OR leader/coach.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 January 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September