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Physical Education A Level at Colston's Girls' School

Course description

Why study PE?
A Level Physical Education covers many different skills and topic areas. The breadth of study is very wide therefore works very well alongside subjects such as Biology and Psychology. Topics include muscular, skeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory systems, diet, biomechanics, how we learn, training programmes, the history of sport and technology in sport. If you are a keen sportsperson or keen to study sport at University, A Level PE will prepare you extremely well. The theory is fascinating and you can apply this directly to your own sport thus enhancing your performance.

Course content

AS Theory (70%)
1. Applied anatomy and physiology
2. Skill acquisition
3. Sport and society
4. Biomechanical movement
5. Sport psychology
6. Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport

A Level Theory (70%)
As above plus exercise physiology

AS & A Level Practical (30%)
Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity and a will complete a written or verbal analysis of performance.

Entry requirements

6 C grades and above

Regular participation in a sport.

GCSE PE is an advantage but not essential.


A Level: Two 2 hour examination (70%) and practical performance (30%).

AS Level: 2 hour examination (70%) and practical performance (30%).

Future opportunities

Physical Education is vast and covers many elements that would be useful in a number of careers. Many A Level PE students progress into teaching, coaching, journalism, physiotherapy, sports psychology, sports science and nutrition.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Colston's Girls' School directly.

Last updated date: 19 April 2017
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      From the M4 leave at Junction 19 and travel down the M32 which runs into Bond Street. Follow signs for the City Centre.
      At the major roundabout take the A38 exit and continue for approximately 1.5 miles. Colston’s Girls’ School is on the right-hand side of the road.

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