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A Level Physical Education at Ashton Sixth Form College

Course description

This is a challenging subject aimed at developing student appreciation of the multi-disciplinary nature of the study of sport and exercise. You will look at sport in its widest context including participation and performance, sport as a social phenomenon, how the body adapts to exercise and the physiological, sociological and psychological factors that influence performance. You will also devise personal training programmes.

On this course there are units in Sport Psychology, Sport Physiology and Sport History with cultural issues. You will:

  •  develop your practical skills in sporting activities of your choice
  •  discuss the issues that surround sport in today‚Äôs world
  •  look at how the body works and how you can help it work better
  •  look at how to prepare for optimum sports performance.

Course content


In this section you will study topics in Applied Exercise Physiology (nutrition, cardiac function, analysis of movement), Skill Acquisition (sports psychology, information processing, stages of learning and memory) and Opportunities for Participation (sports provisions, public school sport, barriers to participation).


You will be assessed on your Performance in a sport of your choice, in two aspects of performance, coaching or officiating.

Entry requirements

Minimum 5 GCSE grades A*-C

Grade C - GCSE English Language

Grade C - GCSE Maths

Grade B - GCSE Biology OR

Grade BB - GCSE Core and Additional Science

Must participate in an approved competitive sport


70% Exam 30% Course Work

Future opportunities

PE students progress onto a wide variety of degrees and careers. Last year 54% of students moved on to Higher Education and 24% secured employment or a place on an Apprenticeship.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ashton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 19 October 2015
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