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Physical Education

Physical Education introduces students to the changes within the body systems prior to exercise, during exercise and in recovery. It focuses on how skill is required and the impact of psychological factors on performance. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of the interaction between, and the evolution of, sport and society.  

As the course progresses into year 2, students will investigate the adaptions of the body systems through training and lifestyle, and undertake biomechanical analysis of sporting movements. Students will gain an understanding of the role that sports psychology plays in optimising performance of elite athletes, and how the development of technological advances impacts sport today. 

Students are assessed on their practical ability to participate in a sport. Demonstrating attacking, defending skills and tactical awareness to the best of their ability.  This is accompanied by a detailed biomechanical analysis of their performance. 

Year 1
Applied Anatomy and Physiology
Skill Acquisition
Sport and Society

Year 2
Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics 
Sports Psychology
Sport and Society and Technology in Sport. 

Exam board: AQA

Essential entry Requirements: Standard Sixth Form requirements, to include two grade 5s in GCSE Combined Science, or single subject Biology at grade 5 or above, and to be actively participating in a sport relevant to the specification to club level.


Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport. 35% of qualification.
Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport. 35% of qualification.

Practical Performance in physical activity and sport. 30 % of qualification. 

Extra-Curricular opportunities

Sports Science trip to Bath University.

Opportunity to play Real Tennis at Canford School


Additional Costs

We provide:  In class access to:- 

AQA A Level PE for year 1 978-147-1-85956-4

AQA A Level PE for year 2 978-147-1-85959-5

Other costs:  To be met by students

An additional cost of a £5 deposit for a core textbook will be required. 

Additional optional trip to Bath University.

Subscription to PE Review £15.