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Physical Education AS Level at Beverley High School

Course description

This course will prepare learners for the further study of PE or sports science courses as well as other related subject areas such as psychology, sociology and biology.

Learners will also develop the transferable skills that are in demand by further education, Higher Education and employers in all sectors of industry.

This specification will create confident, independent thinkers and effective decision makers who can operate effectively as individuals or as part of a team – all skills that will enable them to stand out and effectively promote themselves as they progress through life.

Throughout the course of study learners are encouraged to develop an awareness of the role of Physical Education in society and its application to many situations.

Course content


Specification Overview – As level in Physical Education

Content overview

Assessment Overview

Applied anatomy and physiology.

Exercise physiology.

Biomechanics, including technology in sport.


Physiological Factors affecting Performance

70 Marks

1 hr 15 mins written paper, 35% of total AS level


Skill acquisition

Sports psychology

Sport and society


Psychological Factors and socio cultural themes in physical education

70 marks

1 hr 15 mins written paper, 35% of total AS level



Performance or coaching

Evaluation of Performance for improvement (EPI)


Performance in physical education

50 marks

Non exam assessment, 30% of total AS level







Entry requirements

No prior knowledge, skills, understanding or learning of the subject is required.

Future opportunities

Avenues of progression for candidates would include careers in:

Sport and physical activity, PE teaching, Physiotherapy, Personal Trainer and Sports coach

Further information

The specification builds on, but does not depend on, the knowledge, understanding and skills from GCSE (9–1) in Physical Education.

This qualification is therefore suitable for learners intending to pursue any career for which an understanding of the human body or human behaviour is desirable. This qualification is also suitable for any further study in social sciences, or as part of a course of general education.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 August 2016

Key information


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    • Beverley High School is a Group 6, five-form entry girls' comprehensive within the East Riding of Yorkshire. 816 girls are currently on roll including 120 girls in the Sixth Form. The School, founded in 1908, has developed since 1973 from a grammar school into a fully comprehensive 11-18 establishment. The school celebrated its 100th anniversary in September 2008.

      Beverley High School is long established with an excellent record and considerable achievements in academic work, music, drama, art and sport. We are particularly concerned to develop each girl's good qualities to the full. The school has a long tradition of successful education and enjoys a high reputation within the community, both at local and county level. The school features in the “Good Schools’ Guide”.

      Subject departments are housed in purpose-built rooms set amidst fine grounds. We have a dedicated Library and Sixth Form Block. A Sports Hall was opened in September 2006 and an Art/Technology Centre opened in September 2008.