Why choose Physical Education?

This course is aimed at broadening learners understanding of the science behind sports performance. It looks at Physical Education from both a theoretical and practical perspective and there is a strong focus on the academic aspects of the course.

Resources and Facilities

Apart from dedicated teaching rooms, the College has its own gym, sports hall, netball courts, grass pitches, astro-turf and athletics track. All facilities are available throughout the year.

Teaching and Learning Styles

Many lessons will include a podcast which students are required to make notes from prior to the lesson. Lessons will focus on embedding and applying information from the podcasts to real life sporting performance. All lessons will be based around active learning to ensure students can make outstanding progress.

Extra-curricular Activities

It is expected that you will be actively involved in a competitive sport and you will have the chance to develop your practical skills outside of lessons, possibly as part of one of our sports academies.

Throughout the winter there is a comprehensive fixture calendar for basketball, football, rugby, netball and hockey and the summer term sees this fixture calendar change to athletics and tennis. The College is a member of Association of Colleges Sport and enters individuals and teams in numerous local, regional and national competitions.


This course provides you with an informed scientific and human understanding of the key issues in Physical Education today. There are three main theory units:

  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology
  • Psychological Factors Affecting Performance
  • Socio-Cultural Issues

The course has a strong academic focus. The Physiology unit has the heaviest weighting and, therefore, this course includes a substantial science element. You will have three lessons each week and be expected to supplement your classroom learning with independent study.

Additionally, it is essential that you are a competent practical performer. The practical assessment contains performance within a competitive environment and a verbal evaluation and analysis of performance. The practical element makes up 30% of the final grade.

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Joshua Bentley

Physical Education - Bishop Perowne CE College
I chose Physical Education because I’ve always been involved in sport and interested in how the body works in regards to exercise. A Level PE has allowed me to expand my knowledge of the subject and prepared me for a future working in the field of sport and exercise. My other subjects are Philosophy, Ethics and Religion, which has taught me about different cultures and aspects of psychology and sociology which can link to sport, and English Literature, which has developed my essay writing skills, a key aspect of Physical Education. I’m also part of the Athletics Academy so I have extra time to train for athletics alongside my studies. I plan to go to university to study Sport, Exercise and Health Science and Rehabilitation after finishing my A Levels.

Progression Opportunities

Students may go on to study a degree in Physical Education or Sports Science or into sport-related employment. For many occupations including the various forces, Physical Education is a well-recognised and respected course. Previous students include a qualified doctor,  physiotherapists, teachers, physical therapists and sports coaches.

Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification NameMaths GCSE Req.English GCSE Req.Other Req.Desirable QualificationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance on Costs or Commitments
Physical Education4GCSE Science at grade 4 or above. GCSE Physical Education (if taken) at grade 4 or aboveEssential to have above average ability in two different sports (from different families of sport e.g. team/individual).Willingness to participate in practices and competitive sport essential. Commitment to playing sport for College, particularly on Wednesday afternoons. Appropriate kit needed for practice sessions.

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