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Physical Education at Formby High School

Course description

A Level Physical Education is for students who regularly take part in sport as a leader or performer at club level and want to broaden their knowledge of theoretical concepts in sport. The course provides students with the opportunity to investigate the physiological, psychological and social aspects of sport.

Course content

The OCR specification is followed, which offers progression from GCSE Physical Education and provides a sound foundation for study of the subject in higher education.

The course takes a multi - disciplinary approach, encouraging the development of different methods of enquiry drawn from a wide range of disciplines. The theory content includes:

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Skill acquisition
  • Sport psychology
  • Sport and society
  • Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport

This A Level course will involve the study of theoretical sporting concepts that promote a lifelong involvement in physical activity. You are required to be proficient as a performer or as a coach in one activity, and you will be required to perform skills at a high level in your sport and analyse the performance of others.

Students learn much about the body and the impact of exercise on it. There is considerable science content associated with the physiological aspects of the course and students must be confident in their scientific knowledge and understanding.

Entry requirements

Students will require an A grade in GCSE Physical Education. In addition, they should be competent and confident scientists, as much of what they have learned in GCSE Science will be relevant to the A Level Physical Education course.

An interest in sport and excellent ability as a performer or coach in one activity is essential, as is a desire to improve one’s own performance t hrough regular practice.

Future opportunities

The subject provides a sound foundation for Physical Education and sports - based degree courses at higher education, including Teaching, Sports Management, Sports Psychology, Sports Nutrition, Sports Studies, Sports Rehabilitation, Sports Science and Physiotherapy.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September