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Physical Education A Level at The Urswick School - A Church of England Secondary School

Course description

Studying A Level Physical Education will give you a fantastic insight into the amazing world of sports performance. Not only will you have the chance to perform or coach a sport through the non-exam assessment component, you will also develop a wide ranging knowledge into the how and why of Physical activity and sport.

The combination of physical performance and academic challenge provides an exciting opportunity for students. You can perform, and then through the academic study improve your performance or coaching though application of the theory. Physical Education is studied though a range of different contexts and the impact it has on both ours and others' everyday lives. You will learn the reasons why we do things and why some people out perform others, mentally and physically. You will also delve into the ethical considerations behind the use of drugs and also the influence that modern technology is having in and on physical activity and sport.

Course content

  • Joints movement and muscles
  • Muscle functions and types of contraction
  • Analysis of movement
  • Skeletal muscle contraction
  • Muscle contraction during exercise of differing intensities and during recovery
  • Cardiovascular system at rest
  • Cardiovascular system during exercise of differing intensities and during recovery
  • Respiratory system at rest
  • Respiratory system during exercise of differing intensities and during recovery
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Ethics and deviance in sport
  • Commercialisation and the media
  • Routes to sporting excellence in the UK
  • Modern technology in sport (its impact on participation, fair outcomes and entertainment)

Entry requirements

GCSEs in different subjects at grade C or higher with grade C or higher in GCSE PE. Candidates for PE A Level will be subject to a fitness test before places on the course are confirmed. 


How will you be assessed?

  • Non- Exam Assessment (NEA). One practical performance, as either a coach or a performer in an activity.
  • NEA. One Performance Analysis task.
  • A total of four hours assessment split over three examination papers (2x 1 hour and 1x 2 hour) taken at the end of the two year course.
  • A wide range of Question types including: single mark, short answer and extended response questions.
  • The opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of both theory and performance skills in both your NEA and through the examinations.

Future opportunities

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.

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What are the benefits? 
This is an interesting and challenging learning experience, linking key sporting ideas with practical performance and gaining insight into the relationships they have with each other. There is also the development of transferable skills including: decision making, psychological understanding of people, independent thinking, problem solving and analytical skills as well as thinking and acting under pressure. The study of A Level Physical Education opens up a range of possibilities for further study and careers associated with the subject.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Urswick School - A Church of England Secondary School directly.

Last updated date: 20 December 2016

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