Learn more about the sports performers we all love to watch and find out what makes them compete so well at the ‘top of their game’. You’ll have access to Sir John Deane’s extensive sports facilities including swimming pool, sports hall and Astro Turf pitch as well as our enviable boat house and rowing facilities.
What will I study?
A level PE covers an incredibly diverse and interesting range of topics. By the end of the two years you will have studied the anatomy and physiology of movement, how the body adapts and responds to varying intensities of exercise.
You will have looked at the ways in which we learn or acquire skill and how we develop these skills to become accomplished sports performers. You will also look at the role of sport in society and how culture affects participation. As well as developing the academic skills of a scientist you will also become a psychologist, physiologist, sociologist and even a philosopher.
The department runs an extensive co-curricular programme enabling students to widen their interests and get involved in many sports. Among the activities on offer are men’s football, rugby, mixed hockey, netball, basketball, rowing and swimming. For those who enjoy the outdoors we run an excellent Duke of Edinburgh programme.
The PE department has also enjoyed recent trips to New York to experience commercialization in sport. Students also visited an American Universities and watched a professional ice hockey match - all whilst taking in the iconic sights of New York.
The department also welcomes regular guest speakers, university workshops and the opportunity for students to volunteer at a local primary school coaching sport.
Where might it lead?
PE can be used to gain UCAS points for any degree courses but many of the students who study the subject follow a sports related career path. This has included physiotherapy, sports therapy, sports related journalism, footwear design, PE teaching, sports science, working with elite athletes, sports marketing, sports technology, leisure management, sports coaching, sports related law. It is important to combine Physical Education with a Science at A level if you wish to take a scientific option such as Sports Science.