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Physical Education A Level at The Thomas Hardye School

Course description

This is a stand alone qualification and is suitable for students wishing to study a multidisciplinary subject which incorporates modules from human and physical sciences, historical aspects and contemporary approaches in relation to the sports performer. Students will benefit from a range of visits including Bath University’s Sports Village and the Real Tennis Centre in Bridport. It is expected that candidates will have a specialist background in at least one sport.

Course content


Students learn the foundations of sports psychology, goal setting, group and team dynamics, stages of learning, transfer and personality. In the sport and society module they will study the emergence and evolution of modern sport, sport in the twentieth century and global sporting events. In the Physiology section they will study anatomical systems, diet and nutrition, applied biomechanics and training methods. Students will start working towards the practical section of the course.


Students build on the foundations established in year 1 and study how human physiology adapts to altitude training, energy systems in sport and sports injuries . The history module includes ethics, commercialism and technology in sport. The biomechanics module explores how we can influence the movement of projectiles, fluid mechanics and linear motion. In the practical section the students will be assessed on their performance in one sport. In addition students will need to evaluate a live performance giving coaching points and an action plan to improve the performance.


There are three exams, one lasting for 2 hours (30%) and two lasting for 1 hour (20% each). Questions will include a synoptic element which will require an extended writing style which includes answers drawn from across different modules. The practical section, NEA, is worth 30%.

Future opportunities

As well as being a course which supports a wide range of career paths and university entry, it is also an important subject for students wishing to specialise in a career based in the sports/leisure industry, medical disciplines such as physiotherapy and the armed forces.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Thomas Hardye School directly.

Last updated date: 06 December 2017
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