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A Level Physical Education at Matthew Arnold School

Course description

At AS, this specification will develop knowledge and skills to help understand the opportunities for, and effects of, leading a healthy and active lifestyle. Candidates 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. 1 x 2hr written exam worth 60% of AS, 30% of A2 + Analysis and evaluation of physical activity as a performer and/or adopted roles worth 40% of AS, 20% of A2.

At A2, the specification enables candidates to further develop their understanding of physiological, psychological and biomechanical aspects that optimise performance. Candidates will also explore and evaluate the impact of contemporary issues such as technology on sport and the performer. Candidates will be given the opportunity to utilise their own knowledge and understanding developed during the course to improve their own personal performance, as a practical performer, coach/leader or official. 1 x 2hr written exam worth 30% of A Level + optimising practical performance in a competitive situation worth 20% of A Level.

Entry requirements

Successful students are likely to play regular high level competitive sport and be enjoying their current GCSE PE and biology courses.


The department uses a wide variety of teaching approaches in our fully equipped classroom. Formal whole group teaching takes place alongside group presentations, classroom discussion and research assignments. Practical sessions encourage students to learn in different, more exciting ways along with DVDs and a wide range of printed materials. Students are encouraged to use the internet as a tool for research and wider reading is important for all students. Up-to-date knowledge of the sporting community is also essential.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Matthew Arnold School directly.

Last updated date: 16 April 2015
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