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Physical Education A level at Richard Challoner School

Course description

This subject offers students the opportunity to experience and develop an interest in a variety of roles within sport such as performer, official and coach, and then be able to specialise in one. This qualification looks to equip students with the skills and knowledge required for higher education and/or the world of work. The Advanced Level course builds on the work studied at GCSE to enhance knowledge and increase understanding of the factors that affect participation in physical education.

The course will address current contemporary topics such as the use of ergogenic aids, technology and the increasing commercialism of sport. The course also includes applied physiology, skill acquisition and opportunities for participation.

Course content

Component 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport.

  • Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Section B: Skill acquisition
  • Section C: Sport and Society

Component 2:  Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport.

  • Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics
  • Section B: Sport psychology
  • Section C: Sport and Society and technology in Sport

Component 3: Practical performance in physical activity and sport.

Entry requirements

Regular commitment to at least one extra-curricular competitive sport.

GCSE Grade 6 or above in PE and Grade 5 in Biology (Triple Science) or in both sciences in Combined Science. If a student does not have GCSE PE, they would need to seek approval from the Subject Leader.


Component 1: 2 hour written exam,

Component 2: 2 hour written exam,

Component 3: Internal assessment with external moderation.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Challoner School directly.

Last updated date: 30 October 2017
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