Physical Education A level
What will I study in Physical Education A level?
Shauna, a current Year 13 A level pupil, believes studying the course is, “enriching in itself, there is a wide range of interesting topics that are associated with PE such as learning about physiology and anatomy to learning about sports psychology. Understanding why one feels a certain way before a match or how one manages their stress/anxiety levels is so fascinating and the pleasure of understanding this is that it applies to not only sporting situations but to everyday life. PE is not only a theory based subject but also allows you to participate in sports that you love. Physical Education provides a solid foundation for further studies relating to movement and the body and working with people such as within the worlds of physiotherapy and sports medicine.”
Pupils are required to have a grade 7 in GCSE PE. If GCSE PE was not studied then grade 7 in Biology is required.
Units of study
- Unit 1: Applied Anatomy, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics. Body systems, responses to exercise, energy release, diet and nutrition, training methods, adaptations from long-term training, injury prevention and rehab and use of technology.
- Unit 2: Skill Acquisition, Sports Psychology. Learning methods and coaching science. Personality, motivation, aggression, group cohesion, leadership, goal setting, confidence and stress management.
- Unit 3: Sport and Society, Contemporary Issues in Sport and Physical Activity. Evolution of sport through pre-industrial Britain to modern day, global sporting events, ethics and deviance, commercialisation and the media effect, routes to sporting excellence, use of modern technology in sport
- Unit 1 – Exam. 90 marks. 2hours 30% of total
- Unit 2 – Exam. 60 marks. 1hour 20% of total
- Unit 3 – Exam. 60 marks. 1hour 20 % of total
- Unit 4 – Practical Performance in 1 sport (or coaching) & Coursework. 30% of total.
Where could it lead?
PE Teacher, Sports Science, Sports Coaching, Physiotherapy, Sports Psychologist, Sports Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, Sports Journalism, Sports Analyst.