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Physical Education at Waldegrave School and Sixth Form

Course description

Are you passionate about sport? Driven to find out about how you can improve your performance? Interested in how our bodies push themselves to their physical peak? Keen to understand what gives Olympic champions the psychological edge over their competitors? Intrigued by why nearly one billion people would watch a single sporting event? If the answer is yes then Physical Education is for you. The course is extremely diverse, it allows you to explore and enhance your own sporting ability, but also bridges the academic divide between the arts and sciences.

Who it would suit?

PE suits students who have a passion for sport; students who will enjoy a fast paced and diverse course that covers many subject areas – yet is always underpinned by the student’s application to sport. Students that have taken PE have combined it with a wide array of subjects from Arts through to Physics. There are no qualifying criteria to take the subject, but if you compete at a high level in at least one sport this will be very advantageous. GCSE PE and GCSE/A Level Biology may help in this course but are certainly not a requirement.



Course content

What will you study?

During the A Level you will study 6 theoretical modules; Applied anatomy and physiology, biomechanical movement, skill acquisition, sport psychology, sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity in sport.

You will also undertake at least one practical activity either as a player/performer or as a coach.


You will be assessed in one practical activity either as a player/performer or as a coach via external moderation with students from other sixth form centres, 30% of total AS Level. There are two written papers with questions covering the six theoretical modules. Paper 1 - Physiological factors affecting performance 35% total marks. Paper 2 - Psychological and Socio-cultural themes in Physical Education

Future opportunities

The obvious suggestion is to say that it will lead onto one of the many sports-related degree courses available. However, the real benefit of the PE A Level is that it enables you to grasp a wide range of skills – from scientific research through to debate. It also develops an organised well rounded student that can cope with the demands of university life. This wide variety of skill sets will stand you in good stead for most university courses. The same applies to the workplace. Sport is now such a huge industry that there are endless employment opportunities, examples include: coaching, teaching, biomechanics, sports rehabilitation, officiating, sports technology development, sports administration, sports management and media. 

Further information

Enrichment opportunities include external competitions, conferences, visiting speakers, visits to sporting events, workshops with athletes/coaches, visit to St Mary’s University human performance lab.

Who to contact for more advice?

Miss Offord

‘Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game.’ Babe Ruth



How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 28 September 2017
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