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A Level Physical Education at Great Sankey High School

Course description

At AS, this subject will develop knowledge and skills to help understand the opportunities for and effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle. Students will be given the opportunity to build on their experience and improve their personal skills/techniques across a variety of roles in a sport of their choice to improve performance. At A2, students will study the ways in which athletes optimise performance and the contemporary issues that are within sport. They will also continue the study of their chosen sport evaluating their own performance in one of the roles studied at AS Level. Among the many benefits, this course is designed to allow candidates to; focus on a single physical activity throughout the course, experience and develop an interest in a variety of roles such as performer, official and leader/coach, build on their previous experience to enhance their knowledge and increase their understanding of the modern day sporting arena and evaluate and discuss current developments in sport such as the impact of new technology, sport-specific rehabilitation and use of ergogenic aids.

Course content

AS Level

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

Unit 2 - Analysis and evaluation of physical activity as a performer and/or in an adopted role/s Internal assessment with external moderation)

A2 Level

Unit 3- Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within sport

Unit 4 Optimising practical performance in a competitive situation (Internal assessment with external moderation)

Entry requirements

You will need to have a minimum of 5 A* - C grades at GCSE to study this course with a B at GCSE Sport Studies written exam. Grade C in Science is also necessary. You will also need to be playing a competitive sport in your own time.


AS– Unit 1 is worth 60% and Unit 2 40% of the AS grade

A2– Unit 3 is worth 60% and Unit 4 40% of the A2 grade

Future opportunities

The expanding leisure and recreation market means there are many opportunities for further study or employment. These include Sports Science, Sports Studies, Coaching, PE teaching, Physiotherapy / Sports Medicine, Sport and Recreation Management.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Great Sankey High School directly.

Last updated date: 30 April 2015

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