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Physical Education AS/A2 at Desborough College

Course description

In the practical component of the course students will enhance and refine the skills and techniques required to perform effectively in a range of physical activities, as well as applying these skills in different roles, such as performer, leader/coach and official within physical activities. The theoretical part of the course develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the requirements of a balanced, active, healthy lifestyle and how the body systems respond to the demands of physical activity. Students explore the most suitable practice methods and the theories of learning. Students are required to understand and critically evaluate contemporary issues, culture and how they may influence physical activity and participation amongst young people.

Course Content


 1. Anatomy and Physiology (The skeletal and muscular systems, motion and movement, and the cardiovascular and respiratory system in relation to the performance of physical activity).

 2. Skill Acquisition (Classification of motor skills and abilities, the development of motor skills, information processing theory, motor control of skills in physical activity and the theories of learning skills).

3. Socio-Cultural (Physical activity, sport and culture, and contemporary sporting issues).

4. Practical Sport (Performance in two different activities and the evaluation and planning for the improvement of performance).

A level

As above plus:

5. Historical Studies (Popular recreation in pre-industrial Britain, rational recreation in post-industrial Britain, 19th century public schools, the development stages of athleticism in 19th century public schools, case studies, and Physical Education in state schools).

6. Sport Psychology (Individual aspects of performance, group dynamics of performance and audience effects, and mental preparation for physical activity).

7. Exercise and Sport Physiology (Energy concepts and systems, components of health related fitness, application of the principles of training, and performance enhancement).

8. Practical Sport (Performance in one activity and the evaluation, appreciation and improvement of performance). 

Entry requirements

5 A*-C including a B grade in English and Science. In Physical Education students must achieve at least a B grade with a minimum of a C grade in the written GCSE PE examination.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Desborough College directly.

Last updated date: 26 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years