Sixth Form: Physical Education

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Physical Education



Subject Leader: Mr. P J Harris

Examination Board: OCR

A2 Syllabus: H555

Examinations: 70%

Coursework: 30% Practical Assessment



 ‘What is A-Level Physical Education?’

Physical Education offers an exciting opportunity for students who have a passion for sport and want to understand how to improve performance through theory.  The theory aspect of the course is broken down into 6 main areas which are examined through two written papers.  The areas of study are: Applied Anatomy & Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics including Technology, Skill Acquisition, Sport Psychology and Sport and Society.  As a result of studying the above sections of the course, you will gain an understanding of how the body works during sport, how skills and techniques are acquired and utilised within sport and also the current issues surrounding sport.  For the practical assessment you will be expected to perform one sport and an oral piece of coursework about your sport which has 15% weighting of the coursework element.


‘What makes a good Physical Education student?’

The successful Physical Education student will possess a passion for all sports and drive to improve their knowledge further.  As the course is varied in terms of the theoretical side, the student should also have an interest in science and also in all aspects of current sporting affairs.  The student should also be able to perform at a high level in at least two sports/activities ideally competing outside of school on a regular basis for a club.  The student should also be self-motivated and strive to challenge themselves as there are aspects of the course which will be completely new concepts.


‘What can I expect to learn in Physical Education?’

Specific subject knowledge is valuable in its own right, but Physical Education has strong transferable links with Biology, Physics and Psychology.  Students will develop a wide range of subject knowledge from a range of disciplines and improve their exam technique as a result of regular testing.

Physical Education is a subject that is easily combinable with a number of subjects at TBSHS and beyond. Biology, Physics and Psychology are some of the possible complementary subjects.  At TBSHS we run an extensive extra-curricular programme for the Sixth Form including enrichment on a Wednesday afternoon which gives students the opportunity to develop sporting skills further in a range of sports.  There are also a wide range of competitive opportunities in basketball, biathlon, cricket, cross-country, football, netball, rugby, squash and swimming all of which we compete at on a local and national level.