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Physical Education A Level at Birchwood High School

Course description

The A Level encourages students to:

Foster an understanding of the historical, cultural and sociological factors underpinning sport and physical education.
Gain an understanding of the physiological and mechanical basis of sport and physical education.
Develop an understanding of psychological factors influencing behaviour.
Develop knowledge and skills in selected physical activities.
The three sections for the written exam are:
Applied Anatomy & Physiology / Exercise Physiology / Biomechanics
Skill acquisition / Sports Psychology
Socio-cultural issues / Sport & Society / Contemporary issues

Special Requirements
Students are expected to be participating in physical activities at an appropriate level outside of school.

Career and Progression Opportunities
The specifications provide a suitable foundation for specialist study in both Physical Education and Sports Studies in higher education and are also suitable qualifications for other areas of study. The specifications provide an excellent foundation for students intending to pursue careers in Teaching and Coaching, Sports Development, the Leisure Industry, Recreational Management, Health, Leisure and Fitness and Professional Sport.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 GCSE in PE or Grade B in Additional Science or Biology.


Three written exams – (1 x 2 hr & 2 x 1hr)
Practical in one activity
Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement (EAPI) for chosen practical activity

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 May 2018
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