Physical Education

 

This course has both a theoretical and practical component to it. The practical element involves you developing as a coach, official or performer with the opportunity to analyse your own performance, evaluate your weaknesses and suggest appropriate corrective measures. The theoretical aspect covers a range of topics including the long term physiological effects of exercise on performance; movement analysis, how people acquire skills, the historical developments of sport and PE; how elite athletes prepare for competitions both physiologically and psychologically, sports injuries, the impact of world games, developments in sport technology and the use of talent ID to optimise performance in a competitive situation.

COURSE CONTENT

AS PE includes: 70% Exam: Applied physiology, skill acquisition and sports psychology, sport and society and technology in sport. 
30% Practical: Students are assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity in addition to a written/ verbal analysis of their performance.

A Level PE includes: 35% Exam Paper 1: Applied anatomy and physiology, skill acquisition, and sport and society.
35% Exam Paper 2: Exercise physiology and biomechanics, sport psychology, and sport and society and technology in sport.
30% Practical: Students are assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity in addition to a written/ verbal analysis of their performance.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

There is a vast range of career opportunities within the sports industry. Many PE students go onto university and specialise in PE teaching; exercise physiology, sports physiology, biomechanics, sports nutrition, strength and conditioning, GP referral schemes, physical activity development, performance analysis, sports psychology or sport and exercise science. Previous students have attended universities such as Loughborough, Bath and Oxford as well as numerous other institutes around the country. Whilst studying these courses some students have managed to find work through professional sports teams such as Hampshire cricket Club and London Irish Rugby Club. Previous students have also gone on to partly study abroad through link projects with their universities and the sports faculty.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

5 A* - C grades at GCSE