The new specification in physical education will equip students with a depth and breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills relating to scientific, socio-cultural and practical aspects of physical education. Students will develop their ability to analyse and evaluate how to improve performance and understand the contribution which physical activity makes to health and fitness.
GCSE PE grade B or above. A Grade B in Science is also desirable. Students who have not studied PE at GCSE level will be considered on an individual basis, taking into account Science results and sporting ability.
The theoretical part of the course is worth 70% of the final grade. The topics covered over the full A-Level course are applied anatomy and exercise physiology, biomechanical movement, skill acquisition, sport psychology, sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport. In order for students to fully appreciate the application of these theoretical concepts it is imperative that they have a current interest in either playing or coaching sport.
Students will also be assessed practically in one activity as either a performer or a coach. This is worth 30% of the final grade. Students will also complete a personal performance portfolio which identifies where improvements can be made in performance. They will then complete and apply an action plan in relation to this.
Students who have previously completed the course have gone on to study a variety of sports related courses at university such as sports science, sports coaching, sports psychology and physiotherapy. Other have also gone on to a career in Public Services.
For those who do not wish to attend higher education, a career in coaching, personal training or the leisure industry would be possible after studying this subject.