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Physical Education/Sports Science A level at St Peter's RC High School & Sixth Form Centre

Course description

In this course you will have the opportunity to develop a wide knowledge of the how and why of physical actitivy and sport.

The combination of physical performance and academic challenge provides an exciting opportunity. You can perform, and then through the academic study improve your performance or coaching through the application of theory

Course content

You will learn the reasons why we do things, 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.

Topics studied include:

  • joints movements and muscles,
  • the respiratory system,
  • muscle functions and types of contraction,
  • acute and chronic injuries,
  • analysis of movement,
  • projectile motion,
  • methods of training,
  • periodisation of training,
  • diet and nutrition,
  • fluid mechanics,
  • biomechanical principles,
  • transfer of skills,
  • classification of skills,
  • memory models,
  • stages of learning,
  • individual differences,
  • ethics and deviance,
  • routes to sporting excellence,
  • information processing,
  • modern technology in sport,
  • attribution,
  • memory models,
  • confidence and self-efficacy,
  • guidance,
  • leadership,
  • levers,
  • sport in the 21st century 
  • linear motion.

Entry requirements

The general requirement to enter St Peter's Sixth Form to study 3 A levels, is 5 GCSEs at grade C / level 4 or above including English and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be taken into account.

Required for this course:

GCSE grade 5 in maths, English and B in science and PE / merit in level 2 BTEC sport.

An interest and enthusiasm for theoretical aspects of sport and to be regularly training and competing in at least one sport.


30% Non-Exam assessment giving you the opportunity to apply the theory to your own sporting performance and also to analyse performance in your chosen sport

70% Examination. A total of four hours assessment split over three examination papers ( 2x 1 hour and 1 x 2 hour) taken at the end of 2 years including a wide range of question types including single mark, short answer and extended response questions.

Future opportunities

The development of transferable skills including:

  • decision making,
  • psychological understanding of people,
  • independent thinking,
  • problem solving and analytical skills 
  • thinking and acting under pressure

It 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 St Peter's RC High School & Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 04 January 2017
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