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Physical Education A Level at Salisbury 6th Form College

Course description

Studying A Level Physical Education (PE) will give you a fantastic insight into the amazing world of sports performance. Not only will you have the chance to perform or coach a sport through the non-exam assessment component, 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 can perform, and then through the academic study gain the knowledge to improve yours and others’ performance or coaching through application of the theory.

The A Level in Physical Education is studied through a range of different contexts and the impact it has on both ours and others’ everyday lives becomes clear. 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 also the influence that modern technology is having on physical activity and sport.

Staff at S6C are experienced external moderators of the external practical coursework grades.

Being a small centre students will be given the individual attention that this diverse course requires, including 1-1 support on practical assessment and being able to choose non- traditional sports.

Course content

A Level PE includes the compulsory study of:

  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanical Movement
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Sports Psychology
  • Sport and Society
  • Role of Technology in Physical Activity and Sport.

Alongside this are the skills of PE which are examined via the NEA component on performance.

Entry requirements

To study this course you will need practical sporting experience which will be assessed prior to the start of the course.  GCSE PE is not required to study this course.

Future opportunities

PE is a subject that opens doors to a number of careers and life options. Sport, nutrition and health are huge topics of discussion in the world today, and as the fight against obesity and sedentary lifestyle issues continues, the knowledge you gain from a course such as this will only grow in importance and relevance.  

A Level Physical Education is an excellent base for a university degree in sports science, sports management, healthcare, or exercise and health. Physical Education can also complement further study in biology, human biology, physics, psychology, nutrition, sociology and many more.

A Level Physical Education can open up a range of career opportunities including: sports development, sports coaching, physiotherapy, personal training or becoming one of the next generation of PE teachers. The transferable skills you learn through your study of Physical Education, such as decision making and independent thinking are also useful in any career path you choose to take.

Further information

What our students think

“I loved learning about the history of sport within the social cultural section of the course.”

Nathaniel, previously St Joseph’s Catholic School

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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