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Physical Education

What will I learn?

Physiological Factors Affecting Performance: 30% of grade

  • Skeletal and Muscular Systems
  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
  • Energy for Exercise
  • Environmental Effects on Body Systems
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Preparation and Training Methods
  • Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation of Injury
  • Biomechanics

Psychological Factors affecting Performance: 20% of grade

  • Skill Acquisition e.g., the Theories of Learning, the Stages of Learning, Memory and Feedback.
  • Sports Psychology e.g., Personality, Attitudes, Group Dynamics and Aggression.

Through the study of this component, candidates will gain a deeper understanding of the underlying psychological factors that influence our performance in physical activity and sport. They will learn how to apply the theories to practical examples.

Socio-cultural Issues in Physical Activity and Sport: 20% of grade

  • Sport and Society
  • Contemporary Issues in Physical Activity and Sport

This includes the emergence and evolution of modern sport and how social and cultural factors shaped the characteristics of sports and pastimes in pre-industrial and post-industrial Britain. The impact of the modern Olympic Games will be understood, as well as the impact on society of hosting global sporting events.

The ever-evolving modern technology and its influence on sport performers and spectators will be understood, and practical examples will be used by candidates to show the effect of modern technology.

Performance in Physical Education: 30% of grade; Practical Assessment

  • The performance or coaching of one chosen practical activity
  • The evaluation and analysis of performance for improvement
Practical coursework

Due to the diverse range of practical activities which the girls choose, it is impossible to enable the girls to study these in curriculum time. Students are, therefore, encouraged to choose the subject if they are already interested in sport and proficient in at least one. They are then expected to pursue their sport in clubs, out of school or during extracurricular activities, in order to maximise their potential.

Who should choose Physical Education?

Pupils choose it because they have an interest in and passion for the subject. It would suit anyone who wants to develop further their understanding of the human body and mind and how they work, as well those who wish to discuss and debate many controversial and very topical issues which surround sport.

The course lends itself to many Science-based degrees, Medical degrees, Diet and Nutrition, and Vocational degrees which involve the study of people. Many of our students go on to study related courses, such as Sport and Exercise science courses at Bath, Birmingham, and Loughborough. Other students have gone on to study related areas such as: Occupational Therapy, Biological Sciences, Primary and Secondary Teaching, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Veterinary Science, Medicine, Marketing/PR and Business Management.

What other subjects go well with Physical Education?

Physical Education will support your study of other Sciences, Natural Sciences, the Humanities, especially Geography, and Business Studies. There is a small degree of overlap with Psychology. This subject has a scientific bias, although we also study some sociological, philosophical and historical aspects of PE and sport.

Course details

This course will allow you to ...

Open up the world of sport – encourage students to immerse themselves in the world of sports and PE with the chance to perform or coach a sport (through the non-exam assessment component), and delve into the how and why of physical activity and sport.

Understand why we do things – 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.

Provide an excellent platform – students receive a well-rounded and full introduction to the world of PE, sport and sports science. This complete grounding in the subject provides a fantastic base from which to build when they move on to Higher Education, employment or further training.

Develop skills for a modern world – students can develop a range of practical skills, including communication using appropriate language, dealing with pressure, split second decision-making, analysing and evaluating performance, and more.

Beyond the classroom

It is important for the girls to attend extracurricular clubs in the activities they wish to enter as their practical performance. This ensures better performance, but also a greater knowledge and understanding of the sport; this can be done in or out of school, but must be a regular commitment.

Any extracurricular coaching/umpiring will increase understanding and confidence in applying knowledge discussing and analysing performance; this can be younger girls in lessons and clubs at school or outside of school.

A Level students will be invited to Talented Athlete Programme talks, workshops and events.

For further information, please contact Mrs Parkinson-Mills:

"By studying PE at A Level, it has allowed me to make more sense of sporting situations, especially on the hockey pitch. It also gives you the opportunity to follow your passion for sport." Emily

“Taking Physical Education at A Level has deepened my interest in sport and biology even more. PE complements all other subjects and is a well rounded qualification, which has led me to continue my studies in human anatomy and physiology by applying for Physiotherapy at university.” Lys

"I have really enjoyed my 2 year study of A Level PE. I completely underestimated the scope of the content and the extent to which it brings together so many different subject areas. The lessons are fun, relevant and varied with plenty of opportunity to apply the theory to your sport of choice. I would encourage anyone with a passion for sport to choose PE!" Katie

"By studying PE at A Level, it has allowed me to make more sense of sporting situations especially on the hockey pitch. It also gives you the opportunity to follow your passion for sport." Emily