Candidates will study a range of topics focusing on the physiological, psychological, historical and sociological factors associated with sport and physical activity. You will study how these factors affect the performance of elite athletes.
Students will be assessed at the end of Year 13. To test students' theoretical understanding of the course, they will sit two examinations. Additionally, each student will be assessed as a practical performer in one sporting activity, and expected to analyse their individual performance.
Assessment of quantitative skills will make up a minimum of 5% of a student's final grade.
Pupils will require the usual academic equipment as most lessons are theoretically based. There will be practical sessions throughout the course which will require suitable P.E. kit.
Completion of the course provides an excellent knowledge base which can be utilised in a number of degree courses. The course is ideally suited to those wishing to go on to study Sport Science, Physiology, Psychology, Nutrition or Physiotherapy. There are many career opportunities open to candidates.
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Those wishing to take the course should have gained a B grade at GCSE P.E. (pupils must achieve a B in grade on the theory paper) as well as an exemplary record for participation in practical sessions. A Merit in BTEC First Award in Sport Level 2 is accepted, as long as a Merit is achieved on external assessment. All students must have achieved at least a grade C in a Science subject. Potential A Level P.E. students should also participate in a sporting activity with an external club at least once a week in order to meet the practical requirements of the course.