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Physical Education A level at Wood Green School

Course description

This syllabus takes a multi-disciplinary approach, encouraging different methods of enquiry drawn from a wide range of disciplines, with the focus being the performer and the performance.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in GCSE Physical Education. A genuine interest in the world of sport, exercise, and training as well as playing in competitive sport is essential.


Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport Written exam: Multiple choice, short answer and extended writing. (2 hours, 35%)

Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology

Section B: Skill acquisition

Section C: Sport and society

Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport Written exam: Multiple choice, short answer and extended writing. (2 hours, 35%)

Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics

Section B: Sport psychology

Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport

Non-exam assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport Internal assesment, external moderation (30%)

Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity. Plus: written/verbal analysis of performance.

Future opportunities

Physical Education links well with Biology, Psychology and Sociology. Students interested in higher education courses and careers in teaching physical education, fitness training, physiotherapy, physiology, medicine, sports coaching, leisure and recreation and outdoor education will find Physical Education very interesting and useful.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

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    • Our Sixth Form is a thriving, vibrant and active community of some 200 students, which continues to attract applicants from many other schools. There is a friendly, welcoming and inclusive atmosphere in which students feel at home.  We offer an extensive choice of over 30 subjects at AS and A2, including new vocational courses from September 2014.


      We are part of a consortium, our partner school being The Henry Box School in Witney.


      We have a taxi service, ferrying students between the two venues, at no cost to students.


      NB, there are two subjects that are jointly taught, ie students take lessons at both venues,  Maths and Further Maths;  you will see this on our options grid.