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Physical Education A Level at Fairfax School

Course description

This practical and engaging course that’s an inclusive specification will allow all learners to achieve their potential. The course will enable you to critically analyse and evaluate your physical performance and apply your experience of practical activity in developing your knowledge and understanding of the subject. This course is a two year linear GCE A Level course.

This course will prepare learners for the further study of PE or sports science courses as well as other related subject areas such as psychology, sociology and biology. Learners will also develop the transferable skills that are in demand by further education, Higher Education and employers in all sectors of industry.

Course content


Anatomy and Physiology/Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics
-The skeletal, muscular systems, Cardiovascular and respiratory systems
- Diet nutrition and their effect on physical activity and performance.
- Preparation and training methods in relation to improving and maintaining physical activity and performance.
- Motion and movement

Skill Acquisition
- Classification of skills and types and methods of practice
- Transfer of skills and principle theories of learning movement skills
- Stages of learning
- Guidance and feedback

Sports psychology & sport in society
- Individual differences and Group and team dynamics in sport
- Goal Setting In sports performance
- Emergence and evolution of modern sport and Global sporting events



Applied anatomy and physiology/Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics
- Energy for Exercise and Environmental effects on body systems
- Injury prevention and the rehabilitation of injury
- Linear motion, angular motion, fluid mechanics and projectile motion

Skill Acquisition
- Memory models

Sports psychology & sport in society
- Attribution, confidence and self-efficacy In sports
- Leadership in sport and stress management to optimise performance

Contemporary Issues in physical activity and sport
- Ethics and deviance in sport, commercialisation and media
- Routes to sporting excellence in the UK
- Modern technology in sport, It impacts on elite level sport, participation, fair outcomes and entertainment

Entry requirements

The step up to the sixth form from Key Stage 4 provides an exciting challenge. It requires a successful academic record and a genuine interest and motivation in learning. We are proud of our reputation for being an inclusive sixth form with outstanding results. We work very hard with our prospective students to ensure they are enrolled in courses that are entirely appropriate to their abilities and interests.

Applicants will need to have at least a Grade 4 in English and Mathematics and an additional 3 GCSE grades A*-C

- There are also subject specific requirements which can be found in the Sixth Form prospectus. 
- Internal applicants who meet the minimum academic entrance requirements will be offered a place automatically (subject to individual subject requirements and availability of courses). 
- All successful applicants will be required to sign a sixth form code of conduct in recognition of the Academy’s expectations of sixth form students in terms of their behaviour, punctuality and attendance.

Fairfax students unlikely to meet these requirements should seek advice from their Head of Year, the school careers adviser or the Director of Sixth Form about possible options available to them.



How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 August 2017
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