Physical Education

Examination Board: AQA

Head of Department: Mr Mark Nicholson

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Physical Education

Why choose Physical Education?

Physical Education opens up the world of sport. With the chance to perform or coach a sport, Physical Education provides an excellent platform. Students receive a well-rounded and full introduction to the world of Physical Education, sport and sports science from which to build on to move into higher education, employment or further training. Physical Education develops skills for a modern world. Students develop a range of practical skills such as dealing with pressure, decision making, analysing and evaluating live performance. 

Course Details – Exam Board: AQA

Physical Education qualifications allow students to play to their strengths and gain dynamic theoretical and practical skills for further education or work. The A Level Physical Education specification content is divided into components: ‘Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport’ and ‘Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport’. These overview topics are then broken down further into studies of: applied anatomy and physiology; skill acquisition; sport and society; exercise physiology; biomechanical movement; sport psychology and the role of technology in physical activity and sport. These components are assessed through examinations. There is also a practical element to the qualification worth 30% of the final A level grade. Students are assessed as a performer or coach in the full-sided version of one activity and then give a written/verbal analysis of performance.


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