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A Level Physical Education at Watford Grammar School for Boys

Course description


To provide opportunities to develop the student's physical potential and achievements.

To provide the student with a thorough understanding of a person's movement, performance and behaviour through both theoretical and practical means.

At AS, the specification will develop knowledge and skills to help students understand the opportunities for and effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle. Students will be given the opportunity to build on their experience and improve their personal skills/techniques across a variety of roles in a sport of their choice.

The AS specification has 2 units:

Unit 1: An Introduction to Physical Education Anatomy and Physiology (Section A) Acquiring Movement Skills (Section B) Classification of motor skills and abilities Motor control of skills in physical activity

Unit 2: Acquiring, developing and evaluating practical skills in Physical Education Performance (including coaching and officiating) Evaluating and planning for the improvement of performance.

At A2, the specification enables candidates to further develop their understanding of key philosophical concepts, themes, texts and techniques. Candidates will be given the opportunity to further specialise, with more subject areas taught across the board.

The A2 specification has 2 units:

Unit 3: Principles and concepts across different areas of Physical Education

Section A: Socio-Cultural Options:

Historical Studies (Option A1) The developmental stages of athleticism in 19th-century public schools; Drill, physical training and Physical Education in state schools

Comparative Studies (Option A2) The United Kingdom; The United States of America; Australia

Section B: Scientific Options include:

Sports Psychology (Option B1): Group dynamics of performance and audience effects; Mental preparation for physical activity;

Unit 4 The improvement of effective performance and the critical evaluation of practical activities in Physical Education: Performance in one sport (including coaching and officiating); Evaluation, appreciation and the improvement of performance.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to enter the Sixth Form must achieve a minimum of six GCSEs at grade B. It must be noted that the A level is split into theory and practical. All students must achieve B grades in both Science and Additional Science and B grades in English Language and Maths. Candidates who have participated in PE GCSE will have their theory grade taken into consideration and it will be expected that a B grade has been achieved within this element of the GCSE. It is not a requirement to have done GCSE PE previously.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Watford Grammar School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 11 August 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years