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Physical Education A Level at Appleby Grammar School

Course description

All teaching on this course is theoretical with some practical learning of the physiology of the body and how we train to improve our performance.

Students will learn about the physiology and psychology of the human body which affects performance as well as contemporary issues that surround sport today.

Students will be expected to compete at a competitive level in their chosen sport or acquire recognised coaching awards in their sport in order to fulfil the practical element of the course.

Course content

Physiological factors affecting performance:

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Biomechanics

Psychological factors affecting performance:

  • Skill acquisition
  • Sports psychology

Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport:

  • Sport and society
  • Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport

Performance in Physical Education:

  • Performance or coaching of one sport
  • Coursework analysing performance

Entry requirements

5 A* to C Grades at GCSE.

Grade B at GCSE PE - in particular in the theory exam.

Practically involved at club level in one sport chosen from the specification.


Physiological factors affecting performance:  1 x written paper of 90 marks lasting 2 hours 30% of A-level

Psychological factors affecting performance: 1 x written paper of 60 marks lasting 1 hour 20% of A-level

Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport: 1 x written paper pf 60 marks lasting 1 hour 20% of A-level

Performance in Physical Education: 60 marks combined practical performance and coursework 30% of total A-level

Future opportunities

Teaching, sports studies, sports science, medicine, physiotherapy, coaching, police, personal training, leisure industry.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 March 2017
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