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Physical Education A Level at St John's Marlborough

Course description

This course can be studied for one year to achieve an AS Level or for two years to achieve a full A- Level. The course is split into a theoretical component (consisting of two written exams and a written piece of coursework) which accounts for 85% of the total assessment and a practical component which accounts for 15%.

Course content

Component 1: Scientific Principles of Physical Education

Students study applied anatomy and physiology as well as exercise physiology and applied movement analysis.

Component 2: Psychological and Social Principles of Physical Education

Students study skill acquisition, sport psychology and sport and society.

Component 3: Practical Performance

Students are assessed on their performance in a range of core skills in a fully competitive situation for their chosen activity within the role of either performer or coach.

Component 4: Performance Analysis

Students will need to produce a written performance analysis demonstrating their ability to analyse one physiological component and one tactical or technical component of a sporting performance. Weaknesses need to be identified and suggestions made as to how performance levels could be increased.

Entry requirements

Students must have a keen interest in sport and physical education either in performing or coaching. In addition, if a student has taken GCSE Physical Education, they must have passed at grade C or above with a solid performance in the theory aspect of the course. GCSE PE is preferred although this is not a prerequisite.

It is important to note that students do not have to be strong sports performers.


Component 1: Scientific Principles of Physical Education

This component is assessed by a written exam and accounts for 40% of the qualification.

Component 2: Psychological and Social Principles of Physical Education

This component is assessed by a written exam and accounts for 30% of the qualification.

Component 3: Practical Performance

Students will need to create a short video presentation of their performance which is internally assessed and externally moderated and accounts for 15% of the qualification.

Component 4: Performance Analysis

This component accounts for 15% of the qualification.

Future opportunities

The area of sports and leisure is diverse and ever expanding. This A Level qualification will offer the opportunity for Higher Education study in sports, science and medical related degrees or for other vocational qualifications.

There are career opportunities to work in public and private organisations, with a wide range of opportunities in management, organisation, research and development, coaching and teaching, physiotherapy, medicine and sports psychology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John's Marlborough directly.

Last updated date: 01 December 2016

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