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Physical Education A level at Woodbridge High School

Course description

Those interested in developing their knowledge of physical education and sport, and understanding more about their own performance. Also, those who are prepared to question their own point of view regarding sport and look at sport as a global industry.

Course content

APPLIED ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY – interpretation of data and graphs relating to changes within musculo-skeletal, cardio-respiratory and neuro-muscular systems during different types of physical activity and sport and use of energy systems during different types of physical activity and sport and the recovery process.

BIOMECHANICS - knowledge and use of definitions, equations, formulae and units of measurement ability to plot, label and interpret graphs and diagrams in relation to sports performance.

SKILL ACQUISITION – knowledge and understanding of the role of skill acquisition in performance of physical activities and sports.

SPORT PSYCHOLOGY – develop their knowledge and understanding of the psychological factors that can affect performers in physical activity and sport.

Entry requirements

B Grade in GCSE PE, Distinction in BTEC Sport. It is desirable to have achieved a B on the GCSE written paper as A Level is primarily theory. Pupils without GCSE PE will be considered but must recognise that extra work will be necessary.


Your theoretical knowledge is assessed in the form three written exam papers. Your practical work is assessed internally by teachers at the school and is moderated externally by the exam board and throughout the course. Both your classwork and home learning will support your learning and allow teachers to monitor your progress and continually assess your performance.

Unit 1: Physiological Factors Affecting Sports Performance (2 hour exam). 30% of A Level.

Unit 2: Psychological Factors Affecting Sports Performance (1 hour exam). 20% of A Level.

Unit 3: Socio-Cultural Issues in Physical Activity (1 hour exam). 20% of A Level.

Unit 4: Performance in Physical Education (Practical). 30% of A Level.
The exam board for this course is OCR.

Future opportunities

Strong links into community sport and to the study of sport or psychology at university and college. Links well with Biology and Physics due to the scientific nature of the syllabus.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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