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Physical Education AS/A Level at Sheldon School

Course description

The course takes a multi-disciplinary approach, encouraging the development of different methods of enquiry drawn with a wdie range of disciplines, with the focal point being the performer and performance. The syllabus is based on the interaction between the theory and practice of Physical Education.

Course content

The course is divided into three theoretical components:

Physiological Factors Affecting Performance

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics

Physiological Factors Affecting Performance

  • Skill Acquisition
  • Sports Psychology

Social-cultural and Contemporary Issues 

  • Sport, Society and technological influences

Candidates will complete three examinations at the end of the course which will account for 70% of their final mark.

Entry requirements

A Grade B in the GCSE PE examination paper (not the overall grade) or an equivalent grade in Biology is desirable. A distinction in BTec PE is also acceptable.


Assessment in this subject will be through examinations and practical coursework. The syllabus has been designed to provide progression from GCSE and to provide a sound foundation for study in Higher Education.

Future opportunities

The course provides an excellent foundati on for careers in teaching and coaching, the leisure industry, recreational management, health and physiotherapy and professional sport. It is also essenti al for students considering a degree in Sport Studies/Science at Higher Education.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sheldon School directly.

Last updated date: 28 September 2016

Key information

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