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Physical Education A Level at St Ivo School

Course description

This A level uses the disciplines of physical sciences and life sciences, as well as requiring an understanding of the historical development and cultural context of sport. The course focuses on the following areas, and seeks to establish how much impact they have on improving and then optimising sports performance: • Physiological factors • Psychological factors • Socio-cultural effects • Historical effects • Biomechanical effects.

Entry requirements

Entry to St Ivo Sixth Form is dependent on attitude to learning and behaviour as well as examination performance. This is set out in a separate document called “Sixth Form Entry Requirements” which is available on the school website. Some subjects will also have subject specific requirements.


The A level course comprises 2 examination papers at the end of the two year course together with a non-examination practical coursework assessment: • Paper 1 - Applied Anatomy & Physiology, Skill Acquisition and Sport & Society • Paper 2 – Exercise Physiology & Biomechanics, Sport Psychology and Sport & Society & Technology in Sport • Non-exam assessment: Students are assessed in either practical performance or Coaching and complete a piece of written analysis and evaluation.

Future opportunities

PE A level combines well with subjects such as Biology, English, History, Physics and Sociology. Sports Studies/Sports Science can be studied at undergraduate, Masters and PHD level. Many jobs in the sport and leisure industry are now looking at Sports Studies as an essential background for future development. PE is also an advantage when looking into jobs such as Physiotherapy and Sports Journalism. Medical schools will only accept sports studies if it is supported by Chemistry and Mathematics or Biology

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Ivo School directly.

Last updated date: 12 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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    • St Ivo School is situated in the town of St Ives. The sixth form offers nearly 40 subjects at a variety of levels and produces excellent exam results leading to students achieving their higher education and employment outcomes.