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Physical Education A Level at Rainford High Technology College

Course description

A Level PE provides students with the exciting opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of PE.

Studying A Level Physical Education will give you a fantastic insight into the amazing world of sports performance. Not only will you have the chance to be assessed performing or coaching a sport, you will also develop a wide-ranging knowledge into the how and why of physical activity and sport. The combination of physical performance and academic challenge provides an exciting opportunity for students. You will learn the reasons why we do things, why some people outperform others – mentally and physically. You will also delve into the ethical considerations behind the use of drugs and the influence that modern technology is having on physical activity and sport. A Level PE is mainly a theoretically based course and includes the compulsory study of applied anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, bio-mechanical movement, skill acquisition, sports psychology, sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport.

Course content

Students will have 5 lessons per week and will have the opportunity to develop a wide-ranging set of key skills, including communication, dealing with pressure, split-second decision making, interpreting and analysing, as well as analysing and evaluating performance so improvements can be made.  The course also encourages the development of strong literacy and numeracy skills. The acquisition of such a diverse range of skills is of great benefit to you as you continue your education or transfer to the world of work.

You should expect to complete approximately 5 hours of independent study outside of your lessons. This could include reading, research, or other activities. In order for you to take full advantage of the course, it is also recommended that you immerse yourself in the wider reading of any suggested reading from your tutor.

Entry requirements

You must have achieved at least a Grade B in PE at GCSE or Merit or above in BTEC Sport.


- Physiological factors affecting performance

Anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, bio-mechanics.

- Psychological factors affecting performance

Skill Acquisition and sports psychology

- Socio-cultural and contemporary issues

Sport, society and technological influences

- Performance within Physical Education

Part 1: Performance/coaching of a sport or activity.

Part 2: The evaluation and analysis of performance for improvement (EAPI) of a sport or activity.

Future opportunities

A level PE is a well-rounded and full introduction to the world of PE, sport and sports science. This complete grounding in the subject provides a base for you to build upon when you move on to higher education, employment or further training. You could consider careers in the Forces, the Police, Sport Psychology, Sports Medicine, Teaching, Coaching, Officiating, Journalism, Sports Management and Sports Development.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Rainford High Technology College directly.

Last updated date: 06 March 2017

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