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Sport and Physical Education A Level at Birkenhead Sixth Form College

Course description

Are you driven to find out how you can improve your performance in sport?

Are you interested in how our bodies push themselves to their physical peak?

Are you keen to understand what gives Olympic champions the psychological edge over their competitors?

Are you intrigued by why nearly one billion people would watch a single sporting event?


Is Physical Education for you?
  • You have a passion for Sport and a good level of practical ability.
  • You are already a regular player in a sports team outside of college.
  • You need to be committed to your sport, willing to improve your own ability and explore how to analyse your performance.
  • You want to further your knowledge and understanding of the importance of exercise and activity to a person’s physical, social and mental wellbeing.
  • You want to develop your performance as a performer/coach.

Course content

AS Year

Opportunities for and the effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle

You will explore many topics including specialised training, nutrition, sports injuries, biomechanics, as well as looking in detail at how the respiratory, cardiovascular systems and energy systems function and respond to exercise.

Analysis and evaluation of physical activity as a performer and/or adopted roles

This is the practical element where you will perform and evaluate your performance as a player, coach or official.


A2 Year

Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues in sport

You will learn about the origins of sport and the impact that sport has on society, and why it is a multi billion pound industry. You will explore concepts such as discrimination, drugs and commercialism in sport and study their effects. You will discover how the brain is behind our performance and how you can use psychological techniques to enhance performance. You will also examine aspects such as personality, aggression and motivation and the part they play in modern sport.

Optimising practical performance in a competitive situation

You will learn how sports people gain skills and explore which are the best methods for teaching and learning.


Entry requirements

You have achieved at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including at least a grade C in English Language, a Science subject and P.E. if you studied it at GCSE.


The course is assessed through both written examinations (60%) and practical performance (40%).

Future opportunities

Students that have taken PE have combined it with a wide array of other subjects from Art through to Physics. Students have studied the subject further at University and have progressed onto careers including teaching, coaching, recreation management, sports development and Physiotherapy. The recent growth in the health, fitness and leisure industries have led to a large increase in both the career options and Higher Education courses offered in Sport.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Birkenhead Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 25 October 2016
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