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PE at Prospect School

Course description

A-level Physical Education builds on students' experience from Key Stage 4 and GCSE to enhance their knowledge and increase their understanding of the factors that affect performance and participation in Physical Education. The qualification aims to equip students with skills and knowledge required for higher education or the world of work.
In choosing this course, students will develop knowledge which will equip them for undergraduate study in areas of Physiology, Bio-mechanics, Psychology and Nutrition. The variety of practical roles leads to a development of their leadership skills and moral and social development.

Course content

During the course you will cover the following units:

  • Component 1 - Physiological factors affecting performance: Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics
  • Component 2 – Psychological factors affecting performance: Skill Acquisition, Sports Psychology
  • Component 3 - Sport and Society, Contemporary Issues in Sport
  • Component 4 – Practical assessment: Performance or Coaching, Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement

Entry requirements

  • GCSE English at grade 5 or above
  • GCSE Science at grade CC or above
  • GCSE PE at grade B or above
  • An interest in PE and school sport in KS4


  • 60% Written examination
  • 40% practical performance

Future opportunities

A-level Physical Education is valued by employers and Higher Education (universities and colleges). If you want to get a job straight away you could work in: Sports Centres; Outdoor Activities Centres. If you decide to go to university or college and you have other qualifications, you could take a degree in subjects such as: Sports Science, Sports Development, Teacher Training, Physiotherapy, Sports Psychology.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 December 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years


  • More information
    • At Prospect we are committed to continuous improvement and the raising of educational standards. As a Specialist College in Sports and ICT we aim to build on our current successful practice of developing young people who are physically, emotionally and educationally healthy. The concept of ‘personal best’ is used to develop students who are determined to succeed with whatever academic, sporting or personal goal they set. We are very proud to be able to offer the widest range of learning options of any school in Reading, backed up by an excellent welfare structure. We encourage and project an ethos of mutual respect and support where the diversity of people’s backgrounds is used to enrich our community and everyone is treated with equal value and care. Staff are committed to working in partnership with students and parents to widen perspectives, raise expectations, give encouragement, offer guidance and help every child achieve their personal best. We celebrate and recognise all types of achievement to build self-belief and self-esteem and to create an enjoyable and rewarding learning atmosphere. We are rightly proud of our school and students and aim to give you a flavour of what we have to offer, but in order to fully appreciate for yourself the fantastic facilities and opportunities, I would encourage you to visit us to see the school in action for yourself.