What is it?
A Level Physical Education covers a wide range of exciting topics that give you an insight into the sporting possibilities at university and beyond. The course is a combination of exams, coursework and practical assessment. You are required to be practically assessed in one competitive sporting situation.
Why study this subject at Blackpool Sixth?
Our highly engaging lessons are taught with a strong focus on questioning. This innovative way of teaching allows you to apply and experience theories in a way you never have before. Our expertise lies in improving our students’ grades by helping to learn and apply information to a variety of scenarios and exam questions.
What skills will I develop?
- Analysis and Evaluation
- Decision Making
- Psychological understanding of people
- Independent thinking
- Problem-solving and analytical skills
- Thinking and acting under pressure
How will I be taught?
Facilitated student led, self-paced learning. Lessons are interactive through the use of technology, experiments and discovery. Topics are taught through a hands on approach linking theoretical concepts to practical performance.
How will I be assessed?
Two exam papers will be taken at the end of two years:
Paper 1 – Factors affecting physical activity in sport = 35%
Paper 2 – Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport = 35%
Practical assessment of performance in a sport of your choice = 15%
Written coursework analysing your performance = 15%
The teaching staff consists of two very experienced tutors who have helped the college achieve record breaking results over recent years. Both tutors are examiners for the subject giving them an insight into the requirements and assessment of the course.
Field trips, projects and employability opportunities
The course works closely with our 6Xtra programme and Sports Academies to record and assess the practical elements of the course.
Where does it lead?
An A level in PE places you in a great position to progress onto sport-related degrees, such as sport and exercise science, physiotherapy, strength and conditioning and PE teaching. Although these degrees are course specific, the skills you will learn during the course are beneficial when progressing onto any degree course; with the skills also being highly regarded by many employers, it positions you well for a range of careers.
What will I study?
- Applied anatomy and physiology
- Skill acquisition
- Sport and society
- Sport psychology
- Technology in sport
- Grade 4 in GCSE PE (if studied at school). A grade 5 in GCSE Science.