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Physical Education

1. Qualification detail

2. Course description

Are you passionate about sport? Are driven to find out how you can improve your performance? Are you interested in how our bodies push themselves to their physical peak? Are you keen to understand what gives Olympic champions the psychological edge over their competitors? Are you intrigued by why sport is a national obsession, dominating the media and impacting the health of our nation? If the answer is yes, then Physical Education is the subject for you. Physical Education opens up the world of sport. With the chance to perform or coach a sport, you will receive a well-rounded and full introduction to the world of Physical Education, sport and sports science from which to build on to move into higher education, employment or further training. Physical Education develops skills for a modern world. You will develop a range of practical skills such as dealing with pressure, decision making, analysing and evaluating live performance. At Stroud High Sixth Form, you need to be a logical thinker and open to new ways of thinking about sport, exercise, fitness and relevant topics. You should be willing to read from a wide range of sources, including websites, journals, books and newspapers to keep up to date with current issues in sporting news and developments. Physical Education can be combined with most other A Level subjects, depending upon your career aspirations. Those wishing to be teachers often choose Geography. For a sporting or leisure industry career Psychology or Business Studies work well.

3. Entry requirements

Minimum of 5 full course GCSEs in separate subjects at Grade 6 or above. You should have achieved a minimum Grade 5 in both English Language and Mathematics. It is recommended that you should also have achieved a Grade 6 or above in GCSE Physical Education and Grade 5 or above GCSE Science (double award or separate sciences).

4. Equipment required

No equipment required

5. Assessment method

The course is extremely diverse, it allows you to explore and enhance your own sporting ability, but also bridges the academic divide between the arts and sciences. We follow the AQA Specification. Topics covered in the theoretical part of the course include:  applied anatomy and physiology  skill acquisition  sport and society  exercise physiology  biomechanical movement  sport psychology  the role of technology in physical activity and sport These components are assessed through two examinations. There is also a practical element to the qualification worth 30% of the final A level grade. You will be assessed as a performer or coach in the full-sided version of one activity and then give a written/verbal analysis of performance.

6. Venue

7. Other dates or venues

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