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Physical Education A Level at Bristol Free School

Course description

Sport is no longer decided by the people with the most talent or the people who train the hardest. Sport is now about ‘marginal gains’ from the diet of athletes to their kit and equipment, altitude training and preparation; no detail is left unexamined in the pursuit of excellence. With this in mind, this course provides the perfect stepping stone to the world of ‘Sport Science’. 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. The content addresses contemporary topics in sport, such as the impact in the use of ergogenic aids, technology and the increasing commercialisation of sport.

Course content

The course features a variety of teaching and learning approaches; including interactive classroom study, lectures, group research tasks, private study, and delivering theoretical content in a practical sporting environment. In addition, students will be given the opportunity to develop their practical performance through one to one and small group coaching. It is hoped that there will be an opportunity to visit a sports testing laboratory.

Entry requirements

Must include a B grade at GSCE (in both the theory paper and one practical assessment as a performer or coach).


Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport
- Content: Applied anatomy and physiology, skill acquisition and sport and society
- Written exam: 2 hours
- 35% of A level

Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport
- Content: exercise physiology and biomechanics, sports psychology, and sport and society and technology in sport • Written exam: 2 hours
- 35% of A level

Practical performance in physical activity and sport
- Content: students are assessed as a performer or coach in the full sized version of one activity (20%) and a written/verbal analysis of performance (10%)
- Internal assessment, external moderation
- 30% of A level

Future opportunities

Physical Education is regarded highly by universities and employers due to the skills and qualities developed throughout the course. High quality communication, collaboration and leadership are required both as a sports performer and a student or employee. Sport and Exercise Science, Sport Management, Sport and Exercise Psychology, Sport Coaching and Performance Analysis are all available degrees to study further at university. A level PE is also useful for Physiotherapy if combined with a strong science.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 August 2017

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