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Physical Education at Hedingham School and Sixth Form

Course description

The PE specifications provide students with the exciting opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of PE and sport in the wider context. Stimulating content is at the heart of these engaging qualifications, which will encourage students to immerse themselves in the world of sports and PE. Studying for A Level PE will give you a fantastic insight into the amazing world of sports performance. Not only will you have the chance to perform or coach a sport through the non-exam assessment component, you will also develop a wide- ranging knowledge into the how and why of physical activity and sport.

All areas of content are now compulsory. As such, you will receive a well-rounded and full introduction to the world of PE, sport and sports science. This complete grounding in the subject provides a fantastic base for you to build when you move on to higher education, employment or further training.

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in English and Maths plus three other A*-C passes


The assessment will take part in four components:

Component 1: Physiological Factors Affecting Performance (3 0% of overall grade) This group of topics focuses on key systems of the human body involved in movement and physical activity. Candidates will develop their knowledge and understanding of the changes within these body systems prior to exercise, during exercise of differing intensities, and during recovery

Component 2: Psychological Factors Affecting Performance (20% of overall grade) This component focuses on the psychological factors affecting physical activities and sports, including: models and theories that affect learning and performance in physical activities; how different methods of training and feedback work and why their effectiveness differs from a person to person; group dynamics and the effects of leadership and stress on performers.

Component 3: Socio-cultural and Contemporary Issues (20% of overall grade) This component focuses on the sociological and contemporary factors that influence and affect physical activity and sport for both the audience and the performer and how sport affects society. It includes the emergence and evolution of modern sport and how social and cultural factors shaped the characteristics of sports and pastimes in pre-industrial and post-industrial Britain.

Component 4: Performance within Physical Education (30% of overall grade).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hedingham School and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 02 November 2017
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