Physical Education

Studying A level Physical Education will provide you with the opportunity to gain a sound knowledge and understanding in a variety of areas. It is a multi-disciplinary, exciting course which will explore theoretical and practical elements of the subject.

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.

This A level is great to study alongside A level Biology and A level Psychology.

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 examinations at the end of year 13 and practical assessments.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have five GCSEs at grade 4 (equivalent to grade C) or above, including English and maths. A GCSE in PE is desirable but not essential.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2019), 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 visit our dedicated Financial Support page.

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, validated 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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