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Physical Education AS/A-Level at Plymstock School

Course description

This A Level requires a number of skills due to the diverse nature of the course. A confidence in Science, especially Biology is needed to cope with the challenging exercise physiology content during both years. An ability to analyse, discuss and argue is required when studying both the origins of sport and their development in the UK. Furthermore an interest in the wider sporting world is essential when studying global issues such as World games. Finally, a good grasp of mathematics would be beneficial in order to fulfil the biomechanics requirement, studying areas such as Newton's Laws and Projectile Motion.

This course studies the wide and varied area of sport. Sport in modern society is a multi-million pound industry that pulls in specialists in an astonishing range of careers. The syllabus covers aspects of performance analysis such as how to optimise the physiology of an athlete by training, perfecting technique through sports mechanics and the vital role that the mind plays through sports psychology. These topics are introduced at a participant level in the first year and then further applied to the elite performer. This course will involve a practical component in the form of producing a video and analysis of the students full sporting performance. It is therefore essential that students are good practical performers in one main sport.

Course content

Theoretical Content:

  • Applied anatomy and exercise physiology
  • Sports psychology
  • Sport and society and technology in sport
  • Mechanics of movement
  • Skill acquisition

Practical Content:

  • Students ability is assessed as a performer or coach in a fully competitive situation within a sport of their choice

Entry requirements

At least 5 A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent). At least a grade B at GCSE PE theory component. It is essential that students are currently participating at least at club level outside of school.

English GCSE at grade C or above.


A2 2 x 2 hour written papers (70% of marks)

Future opportunities

Physical Education provides a useful foundation for degree courses in a wide variety of subjects including: Sport Sciences, Physiotherapy, Sports Management, Sports Coaching, Teaching and Leisure and Recreation.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years