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Physical Education AS/A Level at Brooksbank School Sports College (The)

Course description

Are you interested in sport and physical activity? Do you want to know how the heart, lungs and muscles function when you exercise in more detail? Have you ever wondered why some people seem able to learn new sports skills easily? Do you wish to learn how to be able to control your nerves when you perform in front of an audience? Have you ever enquired how the industrial revolution has helped shape modern sport? If the answer to any of these questions is 'Yes', then Advanced Level Physical Education could be for you.

Taught by an experienced team of specialist staff in our dedicated PE classroom suite, with some of the best sporting facilities in Calderdale, this is a popular course for students who wish to pursue the study of sport and PE to further their career. Furthermore, our results show that advanced Level PE consistently achieves a 100% pass rate and a high percentage of A - C grades.

In the theoretical aspect of this course you will build on your knowledge developed at Key Stage 4 by studying in-depth the physiological, psychological and sociological theories and concepts that influence. It will also improve your performance in sport.This is combined with practical coursework where you are assessed on your ability to perform a range of skills in your strongest sport and develop your ability to coach other performers to improve their skill level. You will then learn how to analyse and critically evaluate your own practical weaknesses and suggest strategies that may help to improve your skill level.

The course provides an excellent foundation for students wishing to study Physical Education or Sports Science at university, or wishing to pursue a career in teaching, coaching or the health and fitness industry. Please note that to be successful it is essential that you are a strong practical performer in at least one sport.

Course content

This course has four modules, which cover a range of theoretical and practical topics in Physical Education and Sport. There are two modules in Year 12 and a further two modules in Year 13.


Unit 1 - Students learn about physiology, skill acquisition and opportunities for participation. It also requires students to apply theoretical knowledge to practical situations.

Unit 2 - This unit requires students to perform and analyse practical skills in your strongest sport. You will also be assessed as a coach, official or referee in your chosen sport.

A Level

Unit 3 - Looks at how the application of physiological and psychological factors can optimise performance. It also evaluates contemporary influences in sport.

Unit 4 - Students are assessed on their ability to perform, analyse and evaluate their skills in competitive situations as either a player, a coach or a referee. You also have to identify your weaknesses, analyse the cause of these weaknesses and suggest corrective practices to improve your performance.

Entry requirements

In order to follow a level three course you must have at least five GCSE passes at A* - C or equivalent.

To study this course you must have:

  • grade C GCSE English Language
  • grade C GCSE in PE
  • grade C GCSE in Science
  • plus at least 2 other subjects at GCSE.
  • In addition you must be a strong practical performer in one sport.

Please note, we also require students to continue to study GCSE Mathematics until a grade C is achieved.



One two hour written exam worth 60% of total AS marks (30% of A level marks). Practical assessment of skills by teaching staff with an external moderation worth 40% of total AS marks (20% of A Level marks).

A Level

One two hour written exam worth 30% of total A Level marks. Practical assessment of skills by teaching staff with an external moderation, 20% of total A Level marks.


Financial information

Sixth Form Bursary

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is available at Brooksbank School to help support those young people who face the greatest barriers in continuing their education to Post-16. All applications are welcome and must meet certain eligibility criteria, details of which can be found on the main school website.

Future opportunities

The Advanced Level course in PE is an exciting and challenging course which is ideal for students wishing to study Physical Education, Sports Science or Sports Coaching courses at university. The course also provides an excellent foundation for students wishing to pursue careers in teaching, coaching, the leisure industry, recreational management or physiotherapy. However, if you are thinking of entering the job market, the many skills gained whilst studying this course are highly regarded by most employers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brooksbank School Sports College (The) directly.

Last updated date: 22 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years