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A Level Physical Education

An A Level in Physical Education involves the theoretical and practical study of three main elements - Physiology, Sports Psychology and Social History of Sport. In Physiology, you will study the human body and its response to exercise. In Sports Psychology, you will study of how the human mind can effect sporting performance and Sport and Society develops an understanding of the interaction and the evolution of sport through history to the modern day. Through all three of these strands you will be applying your knowledge to sporting examples.

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Study at Higher Education Level. Careers as a Physiotherapist, Exercise Physiologist, PE teacher, Coaching, Sports Development Officer, Personal Trainer, Sports Therapist or Fitness Centre Manager.

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Outstanding teaching and learning
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A mix of practical and theoretical elements
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Links with the local universities
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Positive and enthusiastic teaching team with sporting backgrounds
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Fantastic all round student support
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At Chichester College you will study the AQA syllabus. For Physiology this includes the structure and function of the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory and energy systems, also looking at diet and nutrition and biomechanical principles. Sports Psychology will mainly consist of two elements, Skill Acquisition and Sports Psychology in years one and two respectively. The former will analyse theories of how the human mind develops and is able to reproduce sports specific movements. Whereas Sport Psychology will evaluate how the fundamentals of psychology can influence sporting performance, for example team cohesion and group dynamics. Sport and society focuses on the emergence of modern sport through globalisation of sport in the 21st century, specifically students will understand the impact of social factors on the development of football, tennis and athletics.

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The course includes a variety of teaching and learning strategies. These are designed to stimulate your learning and to develop key skills for further education and the sporting industry, though theoretical and practical sessions and elements of independent study. A Level Physical Education uses a system of Flipped Learning where you will learn some basic facts before the lesson and then your teacher will develop this knowledge through individual and group activities.

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This is a 2 year linear A Level where you are examined on the whole syllabus at the end of Year 2. You will be entered for the external AS exam at the end of year one to give you valuable experience before your final A Level exams.

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Level 3
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AQA A Level in Physical Education
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5 GCSEs at grades 9/A* – 4/C including English Language, Maths and PE or Science/Biology and play a sport at a competitive level. You will also be required to complete a GCSE to A Level Transition Project, prior to enrolment, to prepare you for A Level Physical Education.
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What qualifications do I need to study A-levels?

You will need to have at least 5 GCSE grades 9-4 (A*-C) including English & maths.

Maths and science AS/A-levels require a grade 6 (B) in GCSE maths and science.

If you aren’t sure if you have the right qualifications to take A-levels then contact our admissions team (01243 786321) for advice.

A-level Pass Rates

Our overall pass rate for 2016/17: 99.1%


Outstanding Grade from Ofsted

The Ofsted inspection in March 2014 graded us 'outstanding' in all four key areas for

  • Teaching, Learning & Assessment
  • Outcomes for Learners
  • Leadership & Management and
  • Overall Effectiveness

In addition, nine subject areas were inspected and received seven 'outstanding' and two 'good' grades, which is the best curriculum inspection grade profile out of seven colleges awarded overall 'outstanding' under the new framework to date.


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In order to raise overall standards, the government has introduced changes to A-levels. These changes are still happening, so we've broken down the points you need to know below.


What are the changes?

  • A-levels are becoming linear two-year courses, meaning that you will need to study for two full years to gain the qualification.
  • You will only take exams at the end of your second year. In almost all cases, these exams will count for 100% of your overall mark (see point below).
  • Coursework is being removed and will only be considered in exceptional cases. In science-based subjects, practical work will not count towards your final grade, but will be awarded with a separate certificate of endorsement.
  • The content that you are taught in the new linear A-levels will also change slightly.

When are the changes happening?

The new two-year style A-levels are being introduced over a three year period. This started in 2015, so some students will already be studying the new format for certain subjects. The final subjects are to be introduced in September 2017. This is the final phase. All students starting their studies from September 2017 will study the new two-year style linear A-levels for all subjects.

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Aim higher

Gifted & Talented Programme

We run a gifted & talented programme for exceptional students. This includes:

  • The opportunity to attend visits & summer schools to top universities including Oxford and Cambridge.
  • An opportunity to develop research skills through the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). The EPQ is equivalent to an AS-level.
  • Comprehensive advice and guidance on the UCAS application process to top universities and competitive courses such as Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, and Law.
  • Interview preparation and mock interviews.
  • Help in organising work experience including placements at St Richard’s Hospital.
  • The opportunity to take part in activities and competitions that will enhance your application such Maths Challenge, Biology Olympiad, STEM events and enrichment activities.
  • The opportunity to be a course representative or a member of the student executive.
  • The opportunity to be a member of the A-level Stretch and Challenge Academy, a virtual learning site which signposts opportunities such as revision conferences, master classes and university events.
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