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Physical Education A level at Woodhouse College

Course description

If you are interested in the importance of sport in society, the body’s response to physical training, the psychology of sporting performance and applying this to physical activity, then this is the course for you. As a committed and enthusiastic sports performer you will be able to apply various theoretical concepts that enhance your appreciation of your activity.

Course content

During this course you will develop the skills of observation and analysis, communication, independent thinking, as well as learning how to apply this knowledge to the world of physical activity.

The course content is varied. You’ll study anatomy and the physiology of exercise, sports psychology, sport in society and the history of British sport. You will be assessed on your performance (or coaching) of two activities in the first year, and specialise in one in your second year. You must participate regularly in your chosen sports outside college in order to develop your performance levels.

Entry requirements

B in GCSE PE, BB in Science or B in Biology, Grade B in English Language and Grade C in Mathematics.


Awarding Body - OCR

In your first year you will acquire the foundational understanding of your subject. The theory exam is worth 60%, each of your two sports is worth 15% and an oral assessment of your ability to observe and evaluate a performance is worth 10%.

In your second year, the theory exam is worth 35% of your final A2 Level grade. Your practical performance is worth 10% and your oral evaluation of performance is worth 5%.

Future opportunities

An A level in PE can prepare you for a future in sports science, physiotherapy, sports and the leisure industry – or nothing related to physical education at all! The high level of anatomy and physiology content makes this an equally valid A level course for those wishing to study medicine, nursing or other similar subjects. It will be of interest to those of you that want to forge a future in the world of sport and leisure, although many of our students go on to study a totally unrelated subject.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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