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Physical Education: A level linear, NO AS qualification at St Richard Reynolds Catholic College Sixth Form

Course description

What is it about?

Areas studied are applied anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, skill acquisition, sports psychology, sport and society and contemporary issues in physical activity and sport.

Practically, you will be assessed in one sporting activity, alongside an oral analysis of sporting activity performance.

Who does it suit?

You need to be a keen sportsperson who has an interest in the theoretical content of sport as the subject covers a wide range of these concepts.

Pupils who have studied GCSE PE and are interested in furthering their knowledge in physical exercise, diet, biomechanical movement and sports psychology.

Course content

In the first year you will study: 

Section A: Applied physiology
Section B: Skill acquisition and sports psychology
Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport

Applied anatomy and physiology
Skill acquisition
Sport and society
Exercise physiology
Biomechanical movement
Sport psychology
Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport

In the second year you will study:

Section A: Applied physiology
Section B: Skill acquisition and sports psychology
Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport

Applied anatomy and physiology
Skill acquisition
Sport and society
Exercise physiology
Biomechanical movement
Sport psychology
Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport

In addition to timetabled lessons, this subject requires 5 hours of private study per week.

Entry requirements

Minimum 5 GCSE Grade 5 - 9 including English Language and Mathematics

Subject specific:
GCSE PE Grade 5
GCSE Biology or Combined Science Grade 4

Assessment

Module 1:
What's assessed?
Section A: Applied physiology
Section B: Skill acquisition and sports psychology
Section C: Sport and society, technology in sport

Duration?
2 x 2 hour written exams

% of A level?
35% per exam

Non-exam assessment:
What's assessed?

Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full-sided version of one activity. In addition, there is written/verbal analysis of performance.

Duration?
Practical assessment

% of A level?
30%


 

Future opportunities

Physical Education is a well-established A level and fully recognised by all universities.  It could be combined very successfully with many other subjects.

It provides excellent progression for those wishing to continue studying sport or sports science at either university or college.

PE A level provides an excellent foundation for a wide range of different career paths, including physiotherapy, sports science, sports management, teaching and many things in between.

Further information

There will be opportunities to visit St Mary's University to use their sports science facilities and speak to lead lecturers. Pupils may attend PE Sixth Form conferences, and to participate in practical moderation with students from other Sixth Forms.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 13 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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