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Physical Education A Level at St Martin in the Fields High School for Girls

Course description

The broad and multi-disciplinary nature of Physical Education and its application to a wide range of current issues, call upon candidate’s ability to demonstrate the transferability of their knowledge, understanding and skills.


Unit 1 - Healthy and Active Lifestyles, Opportunities and Pathways

The development of active leisure and recreation; healthy lifestyles; effects of exercise (responses/ adaptations of the body systems), fitness and training, fitness assessment. The development of competitive sport; performance pathways, lifelong involvement, long-term athlete.

Unit 2 - The Critical Sports Performer

Completion of four tasks: Personal Performance, Local Study, National Study and Performance Analysis


Unit 3 - Preparation for Optimum Sports Performance

Long/short term physiological preparation; long/short term psychological preparation; long/short term technical preparation; fatigue and recovery process; centres of excellence; technical support

Unit 4 - Developing Sports Performer

Completion of four coursework tasks: Development Plan, international Study, Progressive Participation and Life Plan

Entry requirements

5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Mathematics. Grade ‘B’ or above in Science or Biology or Chemistry. Grade ‘B’ in Physical Education (if taken at GCSE). You should be competing at a club in the sport you wish to pursue for ‘A’ level practical.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Martin in the Fields High School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 18 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years