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Physical Education (PE-A)

2017 - New A level
Examining board - OCR
Additional course entry requirements:
Regular recognised club participant as a minimum in one sport from the approved OCR list, or coaching level 1 and coaching on a regular basis at a recognised club
Why physical education?
Studying physical education will give you a fantastic insight into the amazing world of sports performance.
PE opens doors to a number of careers and life options. Sport, nutrition and health are huge topics of discussion in the world today, and as the fight against obesity and sedentary lifestyle issues continues, the knowledge you gain from a course such as this will only grow in importance and relevance. Many of our students go on to study sports science, sports studies and physiotherapy at university.
Woodhouse boasts excellent on-site facilities including a full-size, sprung-floored basketball court/gymnasium, a fully equipped weight training facility and two dedicated dance studios. We also have a floodlit football pitch with a professional standard 3G surface.
Course content
You’ll learn about applied anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanical movement, skill acquisition, sports psychology, sport and society, and the role of technology in physical activity and sport. Alongside this are the skills of PE, which are examined via the coursework component on performance.
You will learn the reasons why we do things; why some people outperform others – mentally and physically. You will also delve into the ethical considerations behind the use of drugs, and the influence that modern technology is having on physical activity and sport. Students will have the opportunity to develop a wide-ranging set of key skills, including communication using appropriate language, interpreting and analysing data, plus the development of strong literacy and numeracy skills.

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