About this A Level
Our Physical Education A Level qualification allow students to play to their strengths and gain dynamic skills for further education and a healthy future. The course will give you a fantastic insight into the amazing world of 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 or coaching though application of the theory. Physical Education is studied though a range of different contexts and the impact it has on both ours and other’s everyday lives. You will learn the reasons why we do things, why some people outperform others, mentally and physically.
You will need to take part in a sport at a competitive level as part of the entry requirements for this A Level. Sports are wide-ranging and can include gymnastics, athletics, cricket, canoeing, cycling, football, hockey, kayaking, rock climbing, rugby, tennis, windsurfing, sailing, triathlon, boccia, blind cricket. You could also be part of one of our sport academies such as basketball.
- develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance
- understand how physiological and psychological states affect performance
- understand the key socio-cultural factors that influence people's involvement in physical activity and sport
- understand the role of technology in physical activity and sport
- refine their ability to perform effectively in physical activity and sport by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas
- develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance
- understand the contribution which physical activity makes to health and fitness
- improve as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with curious and enquiring minds
- To study 3 A Levels: 5+ GCSE’s grades 9-4 / A*-C in different subjects, including English Language and Maths at a minimum of grade 4/C
- To study 4 A Levels: 6+ GCSE’s grades 9-6 / A*-B in different subjects, including English Language and Maths at a minimum of grade 6/B
In addition you must be able to show that you take part in a sport at a competitive level to fulfil the requirements of the practical assessment.
30% Non-Exam assessment (NEA) giving you the opportunity to apply the theory to your own sporting performance (as either a coach or a practitioner) and also to analyse performance in your chosen sport.
Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport is a 2-hour written exam that focusses on Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology Section B: Skill acquisition Section C: Sport and society.
Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport is a 2-hour written exam focussing on Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics Section B: Sport psychology Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport.
Exams are taken at the end of year 2, however within your course is a series of informal assessments to allow you to gain feedback and help you progress.
Where does this lead
A Level Physical Education is an excellent base for a university degree in sports science, sports management, healthcare, or exercise and health. Physical Education can also complement further study in biology, human biology, physics, psychology, nutrition, sociology and many more.
The Sheffield College offer a variety of Higher Education courses including degree courses. This A Level can lead onto these higher level programmes.
A Level Physical Education can open up a range of career opportunities including: sports development, sports coaching, physiotherapy, personal training or becoming one of the next generation of PE teachers. The transferable skills you learn through your study of Physical Education, such as decision making and independent thinking are also useful in any career path you choose to take.
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Educational trips and visiting speakers will support the teaching of this A Level. It is expected that students will attend any education visits and visiting speakers as due to the nature of establishments and the availability of speakers, these may be at times outside of normal timetabled classes. There may be costs associated with educational visits and students may be asked to contribute towards transport and any entry fees for places of visits.
A Level students are expected to devote as much time outside the classroom to their studies as in lessons.
Homework will be set regularly but students are expected to undertake self-directed research as well.
Students are also expected to complete work experience alongside their A Levels. This can be done in a variety of different ways including volunteering, youth work, sports coaching.*
*note – some of these opportunities are age-related and may need an enhanced DBS.