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Physical Education A level at Chatham Grammar School for Girls

Course description

The course aims to provide students with a broad knowledge of the science of human movement, performance and behaviour in relation to play, physical education, sport and recreation. Predominantly classroom based, students are expected to make time outside lessons to work on their practical activities. Degrees in sports science, sports psychology and leisure and recreation management are popular; careers include teaching, sports development and administration, sports medicine and research as well as the Armed Forces and Police service.

Course content

Topics Covered

•      Applied anatomy and physiology – the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, the neuromuscular and skeletal system.

•      Skill Acquisition – skill continuums and transfer of skills, skill classification, principles of theories of learning, use of guidance and feedback, memory models, information processing.

•      Sport and Society – emergence of globalisation of sport from pre-industrial Britain to the present day. 

•      Exercise Physiology – diet and nutrition, training methods, injury prevention and rehabilitation, biomechanical principles.

•      Sport Psychology – personality and attitude, anxiety and stress management, aggression, motivation, social facilitation, leadership.

•      Sport in Society – concepts of sport and play, development of elite performers, ethics and drugs, sport and the law, the role of technology. 


Course Skills

Application of theoretical concepts to practical situations.  Research, collation of information from a variety of sources and presentation skills.  Interpreting data presented in a variety of forms (i.e. graphs, tables, photos, historical documents). Problem solving, using given information to develop and prove theories.  Effective communication.

Practical skills – individual technique, effective application, observation and analysis of own and others performance using theoretical ideas in practical situations.


Entry requirements

All students must obtain five C grade passes at GCSE (a GNVQ qualification will also be considered).  

We would expect students to have achieved a B grade at GCSE in Physical Education and in at least one Science. A B grade or above in English is also preferable.  In addition you must be a competent performer in a selected sport from the approved list, ideally you should be participating in this sport on a regular basis outside of school.  At the very least you should be attending an extracurricular school club in this sport. You should have a good level of physical fitness.



The course covers physiological, sociological, psychological and practical elements of physical education.

It is an academic course with a small practical element.  100% of the course is classroom based and students will be expected to make time outside of lessons to work on their chosen practical activities. 

The course is linear and is assessed at the end of the course.  The theoretical units are assessed through two examinations each of two hours.  The practical unit is assessed through an external moderation process.


Future opportunities

Degree in sports science, sports psychology, leisure and recreation management.

Careers – teaching (junior or secondary), leisure management, sports development officer (within  local council administration or attached to individual sports governing body), coaching, scientific research into training and the development of performance, physiotherapy, sports medicine, medical research, sports research, armed forces, police service.

A knowledge of how body and mind function effectively will enable you to lead a more positive healthy active lifestyle. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chatham Grammar School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September