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Why Study PE?

Learners will start to explore the ways in which parts of the human body work and function during physical activity and the physiological adaptations that can occur due to diet and training. Learners will also develop their knowledge and understanding of the principles of training, why we train in different ways and how training plans can be made to optimise results.

Learners will develop their knowledge of socio-cultural influences that impact on participation and performance in physical activities and sports. Learners will also develop their knowledge and understanding of how sport impacts on society. Engagement patterns of different social groups will be understood by learners, along with strategies to promote participation with practical examples. The commercialisation of physical activities and sports will be understood, including the influences of sponsorship and the media. Learners will also develop their knowledge and understanding of ethical and socio-cultural issues in physical activities and sports.

Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of the basic structures and functions of body systems that are particularly important to physical activities and sports. They will also study the short and long-term effects of exercise on these systems, and how these effects can impact on physical fitness and performance. Learners will develop the ability to collect and use data, analyse movement and apply their knowledge and understanding, using examples from physical activity and sport.

This course will prepare learners for the further study of PE or sports science courses as well as other related subject areas such as psychology, sociology and biology. Learners will also develop the transferable skills that are in demand by further education, Higher Education and employers in all sectors of industry. This course will create confident, independent thinkers and effective decision-makers who can operate effectively as individuals or as part of a team.



Course Content

Theory (60% final grade)

1.1 Applied anatomy and physiology 

1.2 Physical training

2.1 Socio-cultural influences

2.2 Sports psychology

2.3 Health, fitness and well-being.


Practical (30% final grade)

Core and advanced skills in three activities -

1 from the ‘individual’ list, 1 from the ‘team’ list and 1 other from either list.

Coursework (10% final grade)

Analysis and Evaluation of Performance