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Physical Education AS/A-Level at Worthing College

Course description

The course is intended to encourage students to develop their all round understanding of Physical Education (PE) and sport focusing on physiology, psychology and opportunities for participating in sport.

All theoretical areas of study are linked to elite performance, life long health, fitness and wellbeing. In addition to the theoretical study of PE and sport, students are also required to demonstrate their level of practical performance in two sports at AS Level and one sport at A Level.

Students can and are encouraged to study this course alongside other areas of Academy of Sport provision.

Course content

At AS Level:

Anatomy and Physiology: The skeletal and muscular systems-motion and movement. The cardiovascular and respiratory systems in relation to the performance of physical activity.

Acquiring Movement Skills: Classification of motor skills and abilities; the development of motor skills information processing; motor control of skills in physical activity; learning skills in physical activity.

Opportunities for Participation: relating to participation in physical activity: sport and culture; contemporary sporting issues.

At A Level:

Evaluating Contemporary Issues: Sport in pre and post-industrial Britain; the development of school sport; The Olympics.

Sports Psychology: individual aspects of performance; group dynamics of performance and audience effects; mental preparation for physical activity.

Exercise and Sport Physiology: energy; health components of physical fitness; application of the principles of training; performance enhancement.

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade, including a grade C in science. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate a high level of performance, coaching and/or officiating in two sports.

Further advice will be available at the application and interview stage.


At AS Level:

70% of the AS Level is based on performance in the summer examination; 30% is based on practical performance.

At A Level:

70% of the A Level is based on performance in the summer examination. 30% is based on practical performance.

Future opportunities

A Level PE provides an excellent foundation for students intending to pursue careers or higher education courses in; teaching and coaching, sports development, the leisure industry, recreational management, health, leisure and fitness, sports science, sports/physiotherapy, public services and professional sport.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Worthing College directly.

Last updated date: 22 August 2016
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