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Physical Education A level at Stratford upon Avon School

Course description

Physical Education is a subject that gets to the bare bones of sports performance. It enables an individual to understand how performance can be affected both in a physical and a psychological sense. Do we understand why some people excel in sports? What are the effects of exercise on the body? How do we learn to perform in sports situations? This subject will develop your investigatory skills to find this information. How can we improve performance in an ever growing sports market? To support this the subject the course will look into the development of sport over time in order to gain a better understanding of how history has shaped sport today. The course will also focus on the ever increasing influence and impact of the corporate world on sport.

Course content

This specification consists of four main topics: 1: Scientific Principles of Physical Education 2: Psychological and Social Principles of Physical Education 3: Practical Performance 4: Performance Analysis and Performance Development Programme.

Entry requirements

Level 5 in Sport / PE or Level 5 in Biology.


At the end of the course there are two written exams (2 ½ and 2 hours in length). There is also a practical assessment and a written, performance analysis, coursework element.

Future opportunities

People who study this course go on to University and are able to study Sport Science, Physiotherapy as stand-alone subjects or are able to combine it with other subjects including Psychology, Sport and Leisure Management. Some of these options may require a Science A level for entry as well. Physical Education is a superb option choice to develop a breadth of analytical skills that support further study in a range of different careers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stratford upon Avon School directly.

Last updated date: 11 January 2018
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