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Physical Education

If you are a sports enthusiast or an active participant, then this A level in Physical Education could be ideal for you.

You'll investigate the factors that contribute to improving performance in physical activity and sport, develop your understanding of physiology including injury and movement and understand the fundamentals of sport psychology and technology.

Studying Physical Education could lead to a wide range of degrees at university and career opportunities within physiotherapy, education, health promotion and fitness.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

All A level study begins in September and will take two years to complete.

What will I study?

This A level covers the following units:

  • Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport, such as the cardio-respiratory cardiovascular systems, the musculo-skeletal system, energy, skills acquisition, theories of learning and performance, and giving feedback and guidance.
  • Sport in society including class and gender differences
  • Physiology including injury, movement and motion
  • Sports psychology
  • Sports and technology

You will have the opportunity to develop your skills in various sports, and will be assessed as a coach or performer in a specific area of sport.

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed by a combination of examinations and practical assessments.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and maths. A GCSE in PE is not essential, although those who have studied PE will find that this A level builds on the information and skills previously gained.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2017), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please click here.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Students can progress on to our own FdSc in Exercise, Health and Fitness at University Centre St Helens, accredited by University of Chester.

There is also a wide variety of other sport related degrees to choose from at universities across the country.

You could go on to secure a career in teaching, coaching, sports journalism, sports photography, personal training, sports advertising, or sports nutrition.

Additional Information

You will have the opportunity to purchase St Helens College branded t-shirts and hoodies, and may be eligible for a bursary to cover these costs.

Alternatively, you can wear trainers (non-marking soles) and appropriate kit for PE sessions (light and breathable material).

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Why study A levels with us?

Route to University

A levels are a more traditional, direct route to university.

Competitive Edge

You'll show that you're capable of thinking at an advanced level.

Tailored Subjects

You'll combine three subjects to help prepare you for your future.

Develop Skills

You’ll develop crucial research and communication skills.

UCAS Applications

Experienced tutors provide support with UCAS applications.

Earn and Learn

Progress onto a higher apprenticeship to earn and learn.