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What will I study in A Level Physical Education?

In the first year of the course two units are studied:

  • Unit 1: Opportunities for and, the benefits of leading a healthy

& active lifestyle. Including subjects like the physiological effects of exercise & how people acquire sports skills 

  • Unit 2: Analyse & evaluate physical activity. Developing personal skills & techniques as a performer, official & coach

In the second year of the course a further two units are studied.

  • Unit 3: Optimising performance & evaluating contemporary issues within sport. (Exercise physiology; psychology & contemporary influences on the performer) 
  • Unit 4: Performance in competitive situations. Perform, analyse & evaluate your own performance, identify areas for improvement, suggest causes, & appropriate corrective measures (Specialise as a performer, official or coach)

Practical activities can be chosen from a wide list:

  • Association Football
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Canoeing/Kayaking (moving/white water or inland flat water/coastal)
  • Climbing
  • Cricket
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Handball
  • Hockey (Field/Roller/Ice)
  • Horse Riding
  • Judo
  • Karate
  • Lacrosse
  • Mountain Activities
  • Netball
  • Orienteering
  • Rowing & Sculling Rugby Union/League
  • Sailing/Windsurfing/Kitesurfing
  • Skiing/Snowboarding
  • Softball/Baseball/Rounders
  • Squash
  • Table Tennis
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo Athletics
  • Olympic Weightlifting
  • Swimming Track/Road Cycling/Mountain Biking Dance–Contemporary/Creative/Ballet
  • Diving
  • Gymnastics
  • Trampolining

Where does A Level Physical Education

An A-level in physical education is excellent preparation for training in sports coaching, physiotherapy, sports psychology and a wide range of other careers.