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Physical Education A and AS level at Bentley Wood High School

Course description

Is PE the subject for you?

Yes, if you are committed to a sport and are interested in finding out exactly how the human body works during exercise and performance. Yes, if you are fascinated about how some performers manage to succeed to the highest level and others do not. Physical Education prepares learners for the further study of PE or sports science courses as well as other related subject areas such as Psychology, Sociology and Biology. Learners will develop transferable skills that are in demand throughout further education and in workplaces across a variety of industries. Students will develop their practical skills in a chosen sport as well becoming independent learners and critical, reflective thinkers.

Course content

Theory (70% of overall grade split in to the following components):

Unit 1 - Physiological factors affecting performance (30%)

Unit 2 - Psychological factors affecting performance (20%)

Unit 3 - Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport (20%)

Practical (30% of overall PE grade):

Unit 4 – Performance in physical activity


Methods of study:

In lessons students will:

  • Develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance
  • Understand how physiological and psychological states affect performance
  • Understand the key socio-cultural factors that influence people’s involvement in physical activity and sport
  • Explore the role of technology in physical activity and sport

Student commitment outside of lessons:

  • Students must be committed to regularly participating and competing at club level in order to refine ability to perform effectively in physical activity and sport. This will enable students to develop skills and techniques and select and use tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas

Entry requirements

The general minimum entry requirements to study four AS courses are six GCSEs at C or above, including grade 5+ in English Language and Mathematics.

  • Sport GCSE grade C
  • Science GCSE grade CC
  • Have attended a sports club during KS4



AS qualification will not count towards the final grade of an A Level and will be a separate qualification in its own right (Linear).

Future opportunities

A-Level PE often provides a background to careers in physiotherapy, sports coaching/consulting, sports policy developing at local and national level, nutrition and fitness industries, personal training and sports injury rehabilitation.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 October 2017
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