Physical Education

Subject Intent: Why Physical Education?

In this modern era it is important that students understand the importance of exercise and our Physical Education curriculum is designed to enable learners to become confident, resilient and healthy learners. Applied general and A-Level routes require students to be meta-cognitive and self-regulating in their grasp of exercise physiology and each route demands a confidence in applying this knowledge into different roles within challenging environments (for instance, community fitness centres or competitive sport).

Why should I study this subject?

Studying A-Level Physical Education will give you a fantastic insight into sports performance. Not only will you have the chance to perform or coach a sport through the non-exam assessment component, you will also develop a wide ranging knowledge into the how and why of physical activity and sport. The combination of physical performance and academic challenge provides an exciting opportunity for students. You can perform, and then through the academic study improve your performance, through application of the theory. Physical Education is studied through a range of different contexts and the impact it has on both ours and others’ everyday lives. You will learn the reasons why we do things, why some people out-perform others, mentally and physically. You will also delve into the ethical considerations behind the use of drugs and also the influence that modern technology is having in and on physical activity and sport.

What will I study ?

• Applied anatomy and physiology • Exercise physiology
• Biomechanics
• Skill acquisition
• Sports psychology
• Sport and society
• Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport performance
• Evaluation and analysis of performance for improvement (EAPI)

A-Level PE has allowed me to gain and develop my theoretical knowledge and understanding whilst playing a sport that I really enjoy, meaning that I can sharpen my knowledge of strategy and tactics. I have gained a wealth of transferable skills such as teamwork, confidence and communication.

Sophie Rooth –  Hungerhill School

What are the entry requirements?
Please refer to our Course Specific Entry Requirements table here