You will learn in depth about how the body works from a movement point of view (skeleton, muscles, heart and lungs, energy systems and training), from a psychological view (learning of skills, memory, factors that affect performance, functioning as a group) and a social, historical and cultural point of view.
Lessons will be a mixture of formal taught lessons, group work, presentations, videos and practical lessons whenever relevant. There is not a specific practical lesson as there is at GCSE level.
You should have a genuine interest in sport both at a practical
and theoretical level. You must be willing to keep up to date with current sporting news and events in the newspapers and on the television in order to widen your general knowledge of social and political aspects, as well as the sports themselves. You will be required to have at least Grade 6 in GCSE Physical
Education but those who have not had this opportunity will be considered on an individual basis. In addition, you will need to have achieved a minimum of Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and Grade 6 in Science.
You must be taking part, in your own time, in ONE sport
to a very high competitive standard e.g. district or county level and above on a regular basis, or at a club. This activity needs to be sustained for the whole duration of the course as the assessment can only take place in a competitive context at the end of the second year.
You will be assessed on your ability to perform effectively as
a practical performer in a fully competitive version of your chosen activity