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Physical Education A level at Wilberforce College

Course description

Passionate about sport? Introduce a physical dimension to your studies and bring sporting theory to life with this active A level.

You will learn to understand and analyse the major concepts and principles underlying sport and physical education. This will include exploring movement, the effects of exercise and training, acquisition of skills, healthy lifestyle and barriers faced by minority groups. You will also look at the elite preparation, training, contemporary issues within sport, psychological techniques and sports injuries.

You may want to study Physical Education if you are interested in a career in sport and are motivated to study a range of different topics across sport.

Course content


Unit 1: Opportunities for and the effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle.

  • The physiological effects of adopting a healthy lifestyle
  • The short term effect of exercise/performance and the long term effects of training
  • Analysis of movement across a range of sporting actions
  • Acquisition of skills and the impact of psychological factors on performance
  • Opportunities for physical activity, benefits to the individual and society and the potential barriers faced by minority groups.

Unit 2: Analysis and evaluation of physical activity as performer and/or in an adopted role(s).

  • Execution of skills and techniques in two roles (performer, official/referee/umpire/judge or leader/coach) in a chosen physical activity
  • Analysis of own performance
  • Application of theoretical knowledge to achieve effective performance

You will look at physiological and psychological factors which affect performance, as well as contemporary and historical issues in sport.

Entry requirements

Five A* - C grades at GCSE including a minimum of grade C in GCSE English Language.


Assessment will be at the end of the second year and will comprise of an exam worth 70%, with 15% based on your practical performance in a full, recognised game situation. The remaining 15% will be assessed via your ability to evaluate the weaknesses in your own sports performance and to make recommendations for strategies to improve these weaknesses.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

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