Physical Education A Level at St Laurence School
develop your knowledge and skills in selected activities
explore the socio cultural issues in modern sport
examine the effects of exercise and the relationship between training and performance
analyse the way we learn to be skilful
compare and contrast sport through many differing cultures
enhance your understanding of the role of technology and psychology in sporting
finds ways to improve your own performance through your greater understanding of the
It is not a requirement that you should have studied physical education at GCSE level in order to take
an Advanced Subsidiary or Advanced GCE course in the subject. Several topics covered in the course
are developments of work covered at GCSE but others are new. What is important is that you should
have a lively and enquiring mind, an interest in physical education, a willingness to explore new
ideas and an ability to communicate your ideas effectively. Your practical assessment is based in
Year 12 on two sports, and in Year 13 on one sport. It is essential that you are training and
performing in your chosen sports outside of school. The practical component is worth 40% of your
final grade, it is important to understand that if students are unable to perform practically to a good
standard, it will be a limiting factor in their overall level of attainment.
If you enjoy sporting activities the course will broaden your all-round knowledge of physical
education. At the same time it will develop your understanding of the theory underpinning the
subject and contribute towards the practical performance element of the course.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Laurence School directly.