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Physical Education A Level at Lady Hawkins' High School

Course description

Every year more and more people take up sport. Physical education has never played such an important part in society.

The Physical Education course is extremely diverse, it allows you to explore and enhance your own sporting ability, but also bridges the academic divide between the arts and sciences.

What key skills should I have for the course?

The course helps students develop a number of skills, including:

  • The ability to form your own thoughts and arguments, as well as know facts
  • Practical ability: a good club/school level player, preferably bordering on County standard
  • Commitment to your sport
  • Willing to improve your own ability and explore how to analyse your performance

What kind of student is this course suitable for?

This course will appeal to students who:

  • Are passionate about sport
  • Are driven to find out how to improve their performance
  • Are interested in how our bodies push themselves to the physical peak
  • Are keen to understand what gives Olympic champions the psychological edge over their competitors
  • Are intrigued by why nearly one billion people would watch a single sporting event

What opportunities may I have beyond the classroom?

  • Coaching
  • Officiating
  • University visits

Course content

The course focuses on relating theory to sport and its impact on performance. The content includes:

Exercise Physiology you will understand the adaptations to the body systems through training or lifestyle, and how these changes affect the efficiency of those systems.

Skill Acquisition focuses on how skill is acquired and the impact of psychological factors on performance. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the principles required to optimise learning of new, and the development of existing, skills in a range of physical activities.

Applied Physiology in which you will develop knowledge and understanding of the changes within the body systems prior to exercise, during exercise of differing intensities and during recovery.

Sports Psychology is where you will discover how the brain is behind our performance and how you can use psychological techniques to gain that extra yard.

Sport and Society here you will not only learn about the origins of sport but also the huge impact that sport has on society, and why it is a multibillion-pound industry.

Technology in Sport you will develop knowledge and understanding of the interaction between, and the evolution of, sport and society and the technological developments in physical activity and sport.

Performing and Analysing your Own Sports Performance this is the practical element where you will perform and evaluate your performance as a player, coach or official.

Entry requirements

Those students who wish to study a Level 3 course will need a good GCSE Grade (B or above). Level 2 courses can be offered to those who have not met this.


Two external written examinations at the end of the A Level course, and a non-exam assessment:

  • Paper 1 (2 hours) 35% of A Level
  • Paper 2 (2 hours) 35% of A Level
  • Non-exam assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport – 30% of A Level.

Financial information

Financial Assistance

Herefordshire Council expects sixth form students to pay £270 per term for transport to sixth form. There is a 16-19 Bursary Fund which may give some students financial support. Please contact the school for further information.

For eligible students, the Bursary Fund can provide financial assistance to young people whose access to, or completion of education is inhibited by financial constraints or barriers. The fund can help towards the cost of essential course-related costs such as travel to sixth form, equipment, books and educational visits including to university open days or interviews.


EMA is for 16 to 18 year olds living in Wales, who want to continue their education after school leaving age. If you’re eligible, you could get £30 a week, paid every two weeks.

You don’t need to study in Wales to get EMA. As long as you live in Wales and you meet the criteria then you can apply for EMA.

You must adhere to the learning contract in order to receive the payments. Failure to attend lessons and/or registrations will result in no payment for the corresponding week.

For further information, contact Lady Hawkins’ School or Student Finance Wales.

Future opportunities

It leads to a wide range of career options, such as:

  • scientific research 
  • coaching 
  • teaching 
  • officiating
  • physiotherapist 
  • sports administration and media 
  • sports rehabilitation
  • sports technology
  • development 
  • biomechanics

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 December 2017

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