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Physical Education A Level at Bacon's College

Course description

A Level Physical Education focuses on participation and performance in physical activity as part of a balanced, active and healthy lifestyle.

The main components of a balanced, active and healthy lifestyle are: physical activity, diet/energy balance, work/life balance, mental health, abstinence from smoking, adherence to recommended levels of alcohol consumption, sexual health awareness.

Physical activity is an essential and integral component of a balanced, active and healthy lifestyle. As such, physical activity has an impact on many of the other components just as the other components have an impact upon participation and performance in physical activity. Not all of these other components, however, directly influence participation and performance in physical activity. Candidates will be made aware of the effects of those that do.

For the purpose of the course, the term physical activity will encompass activities undertaken in Physical Education, sport, physical recreation, outdoor education/recreation and exercise. It will not include those activities deemed to be part of daily living, i.e. Lifestyle activities.

This course enables candidates to achieve the Physical Education subject criteria aims by: increasing their physical competence, developing their involvement and effectiveness in physical activity, enabling them to become informed and discerning decision-makers in relation to their and others’ involvement in physical activity.

The course programme requires candidates to apply the knowledge acquired in to their chosen practical activities. This contextualises their understanding and improves their own and others’ performance. This knowledge also informs their appreciation of the relationship that exists between the three components of performance (skills, body and mind readiness and strategy/composition) and enables progressive development in the effectiveness and efficiency of their performance.

Course content

AS Level:

Anatomy and Physiology (Basic Concepts of Biomechanics and The Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems)

Acquiring Movement Skills

Socio-Cultural studies

Practically students have to take 2 sports from 2 different areas.

EPIP (Evaluating Practical skills in PE).


A2 Level:

Anatomy and Physiology

Sports Psychology

Historical Studies

Practically students take 1 sport which they did at AS.

E&A (Evaluation and Appreciation of Performance)

Entry requirements

Students must achieve 5A*-C grades at GCSE, including English, Maths and Science. Candidates would normally be expected to have successfully completed a GCSE in Physical Education achieving a minimum grade ‘B’, but a ‘B’ grade would be favourable across all subjects.



Future opportunities

Physical Education, at both AS and A-Level 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 candidates intending to pursue careers in teaching and coaching, sports development, the leisure industry, recreational management, health, leisure and fitness and professional sport.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bacon's College directly.

Last updated date: 11 June 2015
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Key information

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


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      The nearest Bus Station is Canada Water served by routes: 1, 47, 188, 199, 225, 381, C10 & P12 (10  mins walk). Directions on foot from Canada Water Station.

      The nearest Bus Stop is Smith Close (Salter Road - next to youth hostel) served by routes 381 & C10 (5 mins walk). Directions on foot from the Smith Close bus stop.


      The nearest Underground Station is Canada Water, served by the Jubilee Line with easy connections to Canary Wharf (DLR), London Bridge (Rail) and the London Underground Network.


      The nearest Railway Station is Canada Water, served by the East London Line. Directions on foot from Canada Water Station. 


      Rotherhithe is easily accessible from the South via the A2, A2209 (Deptford Church Street) and A200 (Evelyn Street & Lower Road) , the North via the A13 and Rotherhithe Tunnel (A101), West via the A200 Jamaica Road.


      Access via the Thames Clipper and Hilton Ferry Service to the Hilton Docklands Pier (approx. 40 minutes from Waterloo Pier) (265 Rotherhithe Street London SE16 5HW). (20 mins walk)