Studying A level Physical Education will give you a fantastic insight into the amazing world of sports performance. You will have the chance to perform or coach a sport through the non-exam assessment component and will also develop a wide-ranging knowledge into the how and why of physical activity and sport. Students gain an understanding of the scientific and socio-cultural factors that underpin physical activity, and demonstrate their ability as either performer or coach. You can perform, and then through the academic study, learn how to improve your performance or coaching through application of the theory.
The combination of physical performance and academic challenge provides an exciting opportunity for students. Our sixth form enjoys an excellent reputation for Physical Education and sport and includes a number of internationals amongst past students. The facilities at Ark Alexandra are outstanding and there are strong links both locally and nationally within sport and Physical Education.
The content of the course is as follows:
Component 01: Physiological factors affecting performance
1.1 Applied anatomy and physiology 1.2 Exercise physiology 1.3 Biomechanics.
Component 02: Psychological factors affecting performance
2.1 Skill acquisition 2.2 Sports psychology.
Component 03: Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport
3.1 Sport and Society 3.2 Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport.
Component 04: Performance in physical education (NEA)
4.1 Performance or coaching of an activity taken from the approved lists*.
Students who would like to develop their skills in decision making, psychological understanding of people, independent thinking, problem solving and analytical skills as well as thinking and acting under pressure. Students will need to achieve a grade 4 or higher in English and Maths. They will also need to have achieved a grade 5 or higher in GCSE PE.
A level Physical Education can lead to university degrees in Sports Science, Sports Management, Healthcare, or Exercise and Health. Physical Education can also complement further study in Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Psychology, Nutrition, Sociology and many more. It can lead to careers in sports development, sports coaching, physiotherapy, personal training or becoming one of the next generation of Physical Education teachers.