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Physical Education A Level at Hendon School

Course description

It is not a requirement that you should have studied physical education at GCSE/BTEC level in order to take an Advanced GCE course in Physical Education. Several topics in the course are developments of work covered at GCSE but others are new. What is important is that you should have a lively and enquiring mind, an interest in physical education and sport, a willingness to explore new ideas and an ability to communicate your ideas effectively. You must also be participating regularly in a sport for a club either inside or outside of school.

Course content

You will:

  • Develop your knowledge and skills in a range of sports roles

  • Explore the contemporary issues in modern sport and recreation

  • Examine the effects of exercise and the relationship between training and performance

  • Identify the pathways and opportunities available to participate in sport and recreation at a local, national and international level

  • Enhance your understanding of how elite performers prepare for sports competition

  • Find ways to improve your own performance in selected roles through your greater understanding of the subject


Both the AS and A2 courses have written and practical assessments. The practical assessments for AS will be based on two roles that you will select from. These roles will be as a Performer, an Official or a Leader. One role will be selected for A2.

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Skills / Aptitudes required to be successful in this course:

Students must have an interest in sport and have the necessary organisational skills in order to cope with both coursework and examination demands. For example, using private study lessons effectively to carry out extended research. They must be involved with a sport in order to complete the practical assessments; this can be at either school or club level. They will need to give time outside of the lesson to carry out their roles as a performer, leader or official (this will require officiating qualifications)

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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