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Physical Education A Level (AS/A2) at The Bicester School

Course description


Unit 1: An introduction to Physical Education

Anatomy and Physiology (Section A)

  • The skeletal and muscular systems
  • Motion and movement
  • The cardiovascular and respiratory systems in relation to the performance of physical activity

Acquiring Movement Skills (Section B)

  • Classification of motor skills and abilities
  • The development of motor skills
  • Information processing
  • Motor control of skills in physical activity
  • Learning skills in physical activity

Socio-Cultural Studies relating to participation in physical activity (Section C)

  • Physical activity
  • Sport and culture
  • Contemporary sporting issues

Unit 2: Acquiring, developing and evaluating practical skills in Physical Education

  • Evaluating and planning for the improvement of performance


Unit: Principles and concepts across different areas of Physical Education

Section A: Socio-Cultural Options

Historical Studies (Option A1)

  • Popular recreation in pre-industrial Britain
  • Rational recreation in post-industrial Britain
  • 19th-century public schools and their impact on the development of physical activities and young people
  • The developmental stages of athleticism in 19th-century public schools
  • Case Studies
  • Drill, physical training and Physical Education in state schools

Comparative Studies (Option A2)

  • The United Kingdom (UK)
  • The United States of America (USA)
  • Australia

Exercise and Sport Physiology (Option B3)

  • Energy
  • Health components of physical fitness
  • Application of the principles of training
  • Performance enhancement

Unit: The improvement of effective performance and the critical evaluation of practical activities in Physical Education 

  • Practical Skills
  • Performance Evaluation, appreciation and the improvement of performance

Entry requirements

A*‐C at GCSE including English and Maths and a C or above in GCSE Physical Education.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bicester School directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2015
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Key information

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