Physical Education

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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)

What are the entry requirements?

Please check this subject table for full details of our A Level entry requirements.

“A-Level PE has really opened my eyes. I absolutely love my sport and everything I have learnt in A-Level PE has not only helped me understand what and why certain things happen in sport, but it has also helped me improve my own training by learning what is beneficial and what works best to improve myself.”
Millie Hinchcliffe – Ackworth School