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Why study Physical Education?

The subject provides opportunities to develop knowledge & understanding of the physiological, psychological and socio-cultural issues that relate to Sport. You also learn to appreciate the role of the performer, coach and official in a sporting context.

Entry Requirements

GCSE Theory of PE is not an essential prerequisite for embarking on this course but would be advantageous. It is however essential that students can perform to a high level in at least one activity or role within a sport. Students will need to pass a practical examination during the first two weeks of the course. 

Course content/Outline - 70% Theory

Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport
Section A -  Applied Anatomy and Physiology
Section B -  Skill Acquisition
Section C -  Sport & Society

Factors affecting optimal performance in Physical Activity and Sport
Section A -  Exercise Physiology & Biomechanics
Section B -  Skill Psychology
Section C -  Sport , Society & Technology in Sport

Course content/Outline - 30% Practical

Practical performance in physical activity and sport
A) Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity
B) Written or verbal analysis of performance

The large part of the course is theory based. However, some theory lessons will incorporate a practical element.

What career opportunities are there?

Physical Education is a respected, academic subject welcomed by Higher Education. It is a useful qualification for careers in Medicine, Physiotherapy, Teaching and the Leisure Industry / Management or for further study.

Syllabus: Physical Education
Examination Board: AQA
More information: Mrs J L Dark