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Physical Education AS/A2 Level at Hartlepool Sixth Form College

Course description

Sport and fitness is a huge industry - and you can be part of it. If you’re keen on sport you can make a healthy living from your passion.

Whether that’s working as a personal trainer at the local gym, or training to be a physiotherapist, there are lots of opportunities. From professional sport through to amateur teams and individuals who just want to get in shape, sport and fitness is a fast-growing business.

Course content

In the first year there are two main study topics. The first of these covers the beneficial effects of a healthy lifestyle and includes subjects like the physiological effects of exercise and how people acquire sports skills. In the second study topic you’ll learn how to analyse and evaluate an athlete’s performance, how to improve performance, and the factors affecting gaining new skills.

 In the second year you’ll have two main study topics again. The first continues with the theme of optimising the performance of an athlete. This includes how physiology can improve performance for elite athletes, as well as studying the important topics within sport today. The second study topic looks at performance in competitive situations. This includes the observation and analysis of weaknesses, along with ways of correcting any errors the athlete is making.

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements are 5 A-C grades including English and Science. GCSE PE is not compulsory to study AS level.


The subject will reqire learners to perform both theoretically and practically. Theory lessons are delivered in a seminar style and focus on enhancing exam technique and practice, and you are expected to fully participate in any practical sessions that are required.

Future opportunities

A Level PE is a good prerequisite to study Sport at university level, e.g., Sport Studies or Sports Science, with the option of specialising in areas like Sports Psychology, depending on individual preference. Likewise, it is a useful course if you are hoping to pursue a career in Coaching or Training. Some universities offering Sports Physiotherapy degrees may accept Physical Education as a “science” subject.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 July 2016
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