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Physical Education at Outwood Grange Academy

Course description

Studying A Level Physical Education 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.

Course content

What will I learn at A Level?

Component 01:  Physiological factors affecting performance.  This group of topics focuses on key systems of the human body involved in movement and physical activity.

Component 02:  Psychological factors affecting performance in Physical Education. This component focuses on the psychological factors affecting physical activities and sports.

Component 03:  Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport.  This focuses on the sociological and contemporary factors that influence and affect physical activity and sport from both the audience and the performer and how sport affects society.

Component 04:  Performance within Physical Education (NEA) which is broken into two parts:

  • Part 1:  Performance/coaching of a sport or activity from the approved list.
  • Part 2: Evaluation of Performance for Improvement (EAPI) of a sport or activity from the    approved list.

Entry requirements

Students would require to achieve a Level 5 for their English, Maths and Science.  In addition to this students must have a qualification in Sport which is at least a grade B at GCSE / 6 on new spec / or a Merit at BTEC Level 2.  Currently playing competitive sport outside of the Academy.


How will I be assessed at A Level?

Candidates will take three written papers and one non exam assessment for their A Level. The NEA assessment of 30% is formed of two parts: Performance and the EAPI.  Only one sport or activity is performed at A Level.

Future opportunities

A Level Sport is a great foundation for a career in the sports industry.  It can be combined with other suitable subjects to lead to a career in; Sports Management, Sports Coaching, Teaching and Sport Psychology to name but a few.

Further information

What skills will I develop?

Students will have the opportunity to develop a wide-ranging set of key skills, including communication using appropriate language, dealing with pressure, split-second decision making, interpreting and analysing data, as well as analysing and evaluating performance so improvements can be made.  The specifications also encourage the development of strong literacy and numeracy skills.  The acquisition of such a diverse range of skills is of great benefit as you continue your education or transfer to the world of work.

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: 25 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Number of planned places: 30