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Physical Education at Hall Park Academy

Course description

Are you interested in studying the thinking and theory that underpins sport? Do you want to learn about how sports psychology is used to improve sports-persons performances? Are you interested in learning how the body works when exercising? Would you be keen to learn about the history of sport and how it has affected the World we live in?

Course content

The course is split into 4 units. 2 units are completed in year 12 (1 practical and 1 theory) and 2 units in year 13 (again 1 practical and 1 theory). In the practical units you have to perform in 2 different sports, though this can be as a performer, coach or official. Much of the focus of the practical will be upon analyzing performance and planning to improve. The 2 theory units cover sports psychology, sports history, sporting issues (e.g. drugs in sport, cheating and racism), anatomy physiology and learning how we learn sports skills. You will have 4 hours of lessons a week; 3 will be classroom based and 1 practical.

Entry requirements

You need to be someone who takes part in sport/physical activity on a weekly basis preferably in a competitive situation though this is not essential. You need to have a strong track record in Key Stage 4 PE. Finally you must have achieved a Merit or above in BTEC First in sport. For further information talk to your teacher or attend the Post-16 Open Evening.


The qualification is assessed by a combination of exams, coursework, practical performance and an assessed presentation. Your scores on each of these areas are added up to give you an overall grade.

Future opportunities

Once you have completed this course you can choose various pathways. The most obvious progression would be to study a sport related degree at university (e.g. sports science, sports psychology, sports injury, sports management, sports marketing, sports coaching, sports development or sports performance analysis). However an A level in PE is also looked upon favourably by many industries; for example public services like the police, fire service, armed forces and medical professions.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hall Park Academy directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2017

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