Sport & Physical Education
- Want to become a Personal Trainer or Sports Coach?
- Think that physiotherapy or PE teaching may be a career choice for you?
- Want the knowledge to keep yourself fit, health and active for life?
- Find the human body fascinating?
- Want to learn how to train SMART, not just train harder?
- Want to develop the knowledge to get better in the sport or activity you take part in?
If so, Physical Education GCSE is for you.
2 written exams - 1 hour 15 minutes per exam (60% of overall marks)
Non-exam assessment - practical performance in physical activity (40% of overall marks)
GCSE Physical Education is not just an excellent base for the AQA A Level in Physical Education, it can take students much further. For those students fascinated by the human mind, why not carry on to Psychology? For people into the why of the human race this carries you through to Sociology. This is also an excellent additional qualification for those undertaking the sciences with the intention to move through into medicine or physiotherapy routes.
Beyond A Level, the study of Physical Education can lead on 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, teacher training and many more. The transferable skills you learn through your study of Physical Education, such as decision making and independent thinking are also useful in any career path you choose to take.
Physical Education Course Content
Paper 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport
- Applied anatomy and physiology
- Movement analysis
- Physical training
- Use of data
Paper 2: Socio-cultural influencesand well-being in physical activity and sport
- Sports psychology
- Socio-cultural influences
- Health, fitness and well-being
- Use of data
A Level Physical Education builds on students’ GCSE experience to enhance their knowledge and increase their understanding of the factors that affect performance and participation in Physical Education. The qualification aims to equip students with skills and knowledge required for higher education or the world of work. The specification gives students the opportunity to experience and develop an interest in a variety of roles in sport, such as performer, official or coach. The content addresses contemporary topics in sport, such as the impact in the use or ergonomic aids, technology and the increasing commercialisation of sport.
70% examinations, 30% performance.
The College expects students to have
Grade 5 or above at PE GCSE or Grade 5 or above in Science.
The sport and leisure industry has expanded significantly in recent years, providing a wide variety of employment opportunities in coaching, sport science, sport management, fitness, sport therapy, physiotherapy and teaching. The A Level also develops transferable skills that will be welcomed in more general employment areas.
Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport
Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology
Section B: Skill acquisition
Section C: Sport and society
Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport
Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics
Section B: Sport psychology
Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport
Non Exam Assessment - Practical Performance in Physical Activity and Sport
Student’s assessed as a performers in the full sided version of one activity. Plus: written/verbal analysis of performance.