Course Details

An A Level in Physical Education involves the theoretical and practical study of three main elements - Physiology, Sports Psychology and Social History of Sport. In Physiology, you will study the human body and its response to exercise. In Sports Psychology, you will study of how the human mind can effect sporting performance and Sport and Society develops an understanding of the interaction and the evolution of sport through history to the modern day. Through all three of these strands you will be applying your knowledge to sporting examples.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grades 9/A* – 4/C including English Language, Maths and PE or Science/Biology and play a sport at a competitive level. You will also be required to complete a GCSE to A Level Transition Project, prior to enrolment, to prepare you for A Level Physical Education.

Career options

Study at Higher Education Level. Careers as a Physiotherapist, Exercise Physiologist, PE teacher, Coaching, Sports Development Officer, Personal Trainer, Sports Therapist or Fitness Centre Manager.

A Level Physical Education

Five highlights

  • 1 Outstanding teaching and learning
  • 2 A mix of practical and theoretical elements
  • 3 Links with the local universities
  • 4 Positive and enthusiastic teaching team with sporting backgrounds
  • 5 Fantastic all round student support

Key Points

  • Chichester Campus
  • 02.09.2019
  • AQA A Level in Physical Education

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Course code Location Course length Start date
SPO309CD1A Chichester Campus 2 Years 02.09.2019

What you need to know

What will I study?

At Chichester College you will study the AQA syllabus. For Physiology this includes the structure and function of the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory and energy systems, also looking at diet and nutrition and biomechanical principles. Sports Psychology will mainly consist of two elements, Skill Acquisition and Sports Psychology in years one and two respectively. The former will analyse theories of how the human mind develops and is able to reproduce sports specific movements. Whereas Sport Psychology will evaluate how the fundamentals of psychology can influence sporting performance, for example team cohesion and group dynamics. Sport and society focuses on the emergence of modern sport through globalisation of sport in the 21st century, specifically students will understand the impact of social factors on the development of football, tennis and athletics.

How will I be taught?

The course includes a variety of teaching and learning strategies. These are designed to stimulate your learning and to develop key skills for further education and the sporting industry, though theoretical and practical sessions and elements of independent study. A Level Physical Education uses a system of Flipped Learning where you will learn some basic facts before the lesson and then your teacher will develop this knowledge through individual and group activities.

How will I be assessed?

This is a 2 year linear A Level where you are examined on the whole syllabus at the end of Year 2. You will be entered for the external AS exam at the end of year one to give you valuable experience before your final A Level exams

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