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A Level Physical Education

Why Study Physical Education?

The Physical Education course covers a variety of subject areas making it an engaging and wide-ranging course to study. It compliments many other subjects at A Level including physics (analysis and mechanics of movement and levers), biology (pulmonary function, transport of blood gases and energy systems), psychology (learning theories, aspects of personality and group cohesion), history (the historical, social and cultural factors influencing the development of sport and recreation) and sociology (equality, discrimination, stereotyping, inclusiveness and prejudice).

In addition to this, the course covers other areas of interest including nutrition for elite performers, specialised training techniques and the impact of world games to name a few.

What are the Career Opportunities?

Studying Physical Education at A Level can lead to a number of exciting and rewarding career paths such as physiotherapy, sports journalism, match analysis, sports nutrition, coaching, sport psychologist and many more. Courses at university generally cover sport science, teaching and sport management but there are also opportunities to specialise further, for example, sport psychology and sport journalism.

Course Outline and Assessment

Pupils studying A Level Physical Education will cover factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport, and factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport which will be assessed by way of two written examinations (35% each). Pupils will also undertake a practical performance assessment (30%).

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