An A Level in Physical Education involves the theoretical and practical study of three main elements - Physiology, Sports Psychology and Social History of Sport. Physiology is the study of the human body and its response to exercise. Sports Psychology is the 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.
Access to further education courses e.g. Physiotherapist, Exercise physiologist, PE teacher, Sports coach, and many more sports based careers.
At Chichester 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.
The course includes a variety of teaching and learning strategies. These are designed to stimulate learning and to develop key skills for further education and the sporting industry, though theoretical and practical sessions and elements of independent study.
Through 3 exams at the end of Year 2, coursework and performance analysis. There will be various mock exams to prepare you for your final exams.