Physical Education

Physical Education

As a ‘‘Quality Mark with Distinction School’ we are nationally recognised for our commitment to Physical Education and sports provision. QEGS offers a strong out of hours extra-curricular programme. It has developed key partnerships with local community sports clubs and elite sporting agencies to include Blackburn Rovers FC, Accrington Stanley FC & Lancashire CCC.

Course Content

The A level qualification is a 2 year taught linear course. The assessment is made up of two written examination papers combined with a third ‘practical’ unit which consists of a combination of sports performance assessment, plus an additional written internal assessment. This unit is internally marked and subject to external moderation.

Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity & sport (35%)

  • 105 marks – 2 hour written examination
  • Section A – Applied anatomy & physiology (35 marks)
  • Section B – Skill acquisition (35 marks)
  • Section C – Sport & society (35 marks)

Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity & sport (35%)

  • 105 marks – 2 hour written examination
  • Section A – Exercise physiology & biomechanics (35 marks)
  • Section B – Sports Psychology (35 marks)
  • Section C – Sport & society and technology in sport (35 marks)

Practical performance in physical activity & sport (30%)

  • Students are assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity (15%)
  • plus written/verbal analysis & evaluation of performance (15%) 90 marks
  • Internal assessment with external moderation

Students perform, analyse and evaluate their own performance, identify areas of performance they could improve, and suggest causes and appropriate corrective measures.

Is this course right for me?

If you find sport interesting, stimulating and rewarding and fancy taking up the challenge that A level will provide, then this is the course for you. To score well in the written examinations you will need to demonstrate that you know your facts, you can apply your knowledge and then demonstrate further higher level skills of analysis and evaluation.

You will be able to study a range of topics which relate directly to sport at both the grass roots and elite levels, finding out what is necessary to achieve sporting excellence.

You will have the opportunity to show performance and demonstrate all-round analysis and evaluation excellence in your strongest practical area. Students should only consider A level Physical Education if they are playing or coaching a sport listed on the specification to at least CLUB or HIGH SCHOOL STANDARD.

Course highlights

Regular competitive matches locally and nationally including overseas tours. With a reputation for producing top sportsmen and women throughout our history, we know the value of competitive sport. We are able to give you the best advice on how to achieve your potential in sport and to support your sporting ambitions and dreams. The department consistently boasts an excellent track record of helping students achieve, not only the very best possible in terms of sporting aspiration, but also in gaining Advanced Level academic success.

What can I do next?

Many QEGS students have studied sport related degrees in the past and are now employed as professional agents, coaches, physiotherapists, Physical Education teachers and sports nutritionists. One former pupil is a fitness professional and another a video performance analyst for two professional football clubs! Others have completed degree courses at University and then applied onto law conversion courses. Whatever your choice, the potential to use your qualification both at home and abroad is endless.

Subject minimum entry requirement

For students to cope with the scientific aspects of the Physical Education course, a minimum grade 6 is required at GCSE in Biology or equivalent.

“The opportunity given to me to captain a team has given me a lot of self-confidence and I’ve enjoyed passing on some of my theory knowledge to the team.”

“As an athlete, I have enjoyed looking at and trying different sports, and that has helped me improve.”

“The quality of the teaching across all the modules was brilliant!”

“A brilliant course: loved it!”

Dr ME Butler
Head of Physical Education and Games

Miss SJ McCreadie

Head of Girls’ Games, Head of Year 11