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Physical Education A Level at Bury St Edmunds County Upper School

Course description

A Level Physical Education is an excellent base for a university degree in sports science, sports management, healthcare, or exercise and health. Physical Education can also complement further study in biology, human biology, physics, psychology,
nutrition, sociology and many more.
A Level Physical Education can open up a range of career opportunities including: sports development, sports coaching,physiotherapy, personal training or becoming one of the next generation of PE teachers. The transferable skills you learn through your study of Physical Education, such as decision making and independent thinking are also useful in any career path you choose to take.

Course content

A Level in physical education will equip learners with both the depth and breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills relating to scientific, socio-cultural and practical aspects of physical education. This requires them to:
• 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
• Understand the role of technology in physical activity and sport
• Refine their ability to perform effectively in physical activity and sport by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas
• Develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance
• Understand the contribution which physical activity makes to health and fitness
• Improve as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with curious and enquiring minds.

Entry requirements

Students  who  wish  to  study  GCE  Advanced  level  courses  are  required  to  have  passed  at  least  five  GCSE  or  equivalent  level  two  courses  at  grades  5-9  including  a  minimum  of  grade 5 in the subjects they wish to study.  Most students attempting A level courses will have  more  than  this  minimum.  In  subjects  not  taught  at  GCSE  a  5  in  a  related  subject  is required (for example, a 5/6 in English would enable a student to study Politics).


Applied anatomy and physiology
• Exercise physiology
• Biomechanics, including technology in sport

Physiological factors affecting performance (01)* 90 marks
2 hour written paper
30% of total A level


• Skill acquisition

• Sports psychology
• Sport and society

Psychological factors affecting performance (02)*
60 marks
1 hour written paper
20% Of total A level
• Sport and society
• Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport

Socio-cultural issues in physical activity
and sport (03)*
60 marks
1 hour written paper
20% of total A level

Component 4
• Performance or Coaching
• Evaluation of Performance for Improvement (EPI)
• Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement (EAPI)
Performance in physical education (04)*
60 marks
Non-exam assessment (NEA)
30% of total A level

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bury St Edmunds County Upper School directly.

Last updated date: 12 January 2018
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