Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the physiological, psychological and sociological aspects of Physical Education. Topics will include:

• Applied anatomy and physiology 
• Skill acquisition
• Sport and society
• Exercise physiology
• Biomechanical movement
• Sport psychology
• Technological developments 



A minimum of a Grade 5 in GCSE Biology/ Biology element of GCSE Combined Science, plus a Grade 4 in GCSE PE. If GCSE PE has not been taken, then evidence of good performance in a named sport will be considered. 

A Level Physical Education builds on your experience from Key Stage 4 and GCSE to equip you with knowledge, understanding and skills relating to scientific, socio-cultural and practical aspects of physical education. Studying A Level Physical Education will further develop your understanding of the factors that affect both optimal performance and participation in physical education and sports setting. The qualification is designed to equip you with skills and knowledge required to study at higher education. 

Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport
Written examination - 105 marks: 2 hours - 35% of A2.

Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport written examination - 105 marks: 2 hours - 35% of A2.

Non exam assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport.

Internal assessment, external moderation accounts for 30% of A2 Level. Students undergoing assessment as performance coach within the full sided version of an activity will also have written/verbal evaluation and an analysis of performance. 

Common progression routes include university undergraduate degree programmes in Sport and Exercise Science, Coaching, Physiotherapy, Sports Therapy and PE teaching. 

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