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Physical Education at St Mary's Catholic High School

Course description

This challenging course has a multi-disciplinary approach, encouraging the development of different methods of enquiry drawn from a wide range of disciplines, with the focal point being the performer and the performance.
This course is designed to build on GCSE PE but does not exclude students who have not studied this subject at GCSE.

You will study: AS Level: Anatomy and Physiology, Acquiring Movement Skills, Socio-Cultural Studies.
A2 Level: Exercise Physiology, Sports Psychology, Comparative Studies, History of Sport.

In Year 12 students are assessed in two practical activities and have to produce a critical evaluation of one of their chosen sports. In Year 13 students are assessed in one practical activity and a critical evaluation of this activity.

Entry requirements

For AS study you will need a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade B with a minimum of one other GCSE grade C or above.  You must have GCSE Maths and English at a grade C or above.  We would expect you to have at least a GCSE  grade B in the subject you wish to study or a closely related discipline.


AS students will complete a 120-minute exam which will form 60% of the total AS and 30% of their total A Level mark, and a Practical which is 40% of their total AS Mark and 20% of their total A Level mark.

A2 students will complete a 150-minute written exam which is 35% of their total mark and a Practical which is 15% of their total mark

Financial information

St. Mary’s Sixth Form has a bursary scheme that supports students, who meet eligibility criteria, with the cost of attending college.

The bursary scheme is made up of 2 parts - a payment of £1,200 to a small group of the most vulnerable and a discretionary fund for schools to distribute. The most vulnerable are classified as:

• young people in care;

• care leavers;                         

• young people in receipt of Income Support;

• disabled young people in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) who are also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

The discretionary element can be accessed via an application form and students should contact the Sixth Form office for further details. The College will consider every request for financial assistance and will endeavour to target the fund to help those students in greatest need

Future opportunities

This course provides an excellent foundation for careers in teaching and coaching. sports development, the leisure industry, recreational management, the expanding health and fitness industry and professional sport.

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: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years