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Physical Education at Spalding High School

Course description


This course introduces students to physical education by offering a close link between a structured, practical programme of physical activities and theoretical investigation. The course offers a multi-disciplined approach to the study of human behaviour, movement and performance in relation to play, physical activity, sport, recreation and physical education. The development of theoretical knowledge and practical skills is encouraged through the observation, analysis, interpretation and critical appraisal of the student’s own work. Students who enjoy sport both at school and outside will be able to benefit from developing their theoretical understanding.


Students should display an enthusiastic and committed approach to both the theory and practice of physical education. The assessment of one sporting area is needed as part of the course. It is therefore essential that students represent the school/club in a sport.

Course content


  • Applied anatomy & physiology
  • Exercise physiology Biomechanics including technology in sport
  • Skill acquisition
  • Sports psychology
  • Sport & society
  • Performance or Coaching
  • Evaluation of Performance for Improvement (EPI)


  • Applied anatomy & physiology
  • Exercise physiology Biomechanics including technology in sport
  • Skill acquisition
  • Sports psychology
  • Sport & society
  • Contemporary issues in physical activity & sport
  • Performance or Coaching
  • Evaluation of Performance for Improvement (EPI)


As this course is both practical and theory based, a large number of teaching methods will be used. Wherever possible the theory content will be delivered through practical tasks which can be related to the student’s own sport.

Theory lessons will be taught in a modern classroom, located next to the gym. The physical education resource centre is available for use by sixth form students to further their knowledge through wider reading. It is stocked with the latest text books, sports specific text and related journals.

Entry requirements

To achieve at least 6 grades, A* to C, at GCSE, including English language and mathematics.

At least GCSE grade B in PE. Also a minimum of grade C in one GCSE science. Students must represent the School or a club in at least one sport/dance.  

Students must also represent one club or school in at least one sport. Students are required to have a reference/report which clearly shows that they are suitable to undertake academic studies at A Level standard.



Assessment will take the form of several written papers which account for 70% of the final mark. 30% will be based on one practical activity (either performing or coaching) and an Evaluation & Analysis of Performance for Improvement

Future opportunities


Successful students will find this qualification useful if intending to follow further courses in physical education and sport in Universities and Colleges of Higher Education. Universities no longer view this subject as an easy option, rightly placing it alongside other science based subjects.

Possible courses of study include: sports science, human movement, and recreation management or enter a career in the police, armed forces, nursing, physiotherapy, teaching, leisure, sports and journalism.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Spalding High School directly.

Last updated date: 03 December 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years