The Physical Education course covers a variety of subject areas making it an engaging and wide-ranging course to study. It complements 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 ethical issues to name a few.
Studying Physical Education at A Level can lead to a number of exciting and rewarding career paths such as physiotherapy, sport journalism, sport analytics, sport nutrition, coaching, sport psychology 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 technology and sport journalism.
Students 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%).