Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SZ


Physical Education

Physical Education

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Physical Education

WJEC A-level Physical Education

Study the personality traits and qualities required to produce a top performer, including their training and nutrition strategies as well as studying the physiological aspects of sport and applying the training principles to your own performance in your chosen sport.

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Is this course right for me?

This course has been designed to allow you to develop an appreciation of physical education in a wide range of contexts. It is designed to integrate theory and practice with an emphasis on the application of theoretical knowledge. You will develop an understanding of how the various concepts impact on your own performance, through an investigation of theory and practice.

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy
  • Physical Education grade B or Science grade B (if Physical Education not taken)
  • Please check the AS Level Options Grid to see if this subject fits into your chosen programme
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to attending a course information session or informal interview
  • Successful completion of relevant programme (including skills) and decision from progression board meeting

As part of the course you will investigate the impacts of culture and society on sport, and how the sport of today has developed, identifying what motivates individuals and nations to adopt sport as a vehicle for recreation as well as promoting their political standing. There are a host of theories to study, including how skills of motion and strategy learned and developed; how competition has evolved and the impact of success on self-efficacy, motivation and self-confidence.

The skills learned throughout the course will be consolidated in the real setting of coaching others and by studying your own personal improvement. This ensures that you not only understand the theory but also, are able to apply it.

Units to be studied will include:

  • Exploring physical education
  • Improving personal performance in physical education
  • Evaluating physical education
  • Refining personal performance in physical education

Learners also complete the Advanced Skills Baccalaureate Wales and are required to develop their essential skills (communication/numeracy and digital skills). Learners will also attend a weekly group tutorial.

You may need to study an additional skills course depending on:
  • the course you are taking at College
  • what grades you gained in your GCSE Maths and/or English Language
Click below to find out what skills course you may be taking at College

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.

  • Written examination
  • Completion of a final major project

This course can lead to a diverse range of career opportunities in a varied range of businesses including: Exercise physiologist, Fitness centre manager, Personal trainer, Secondary school teacher, Sports administrator, Sports coach, Sports development officer, Sports therapist, Choreographer, Clinical scientist – cardiac sciences, Event manager, Health improvement practitioner, Higher education lecturer, Nutritionist, Outdoor activities/education manager, Sport and exercise psychologist.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) to check any entry requirements.

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Text books - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course, most text books are available to loan from the college library or online libraries
  • Specific sports kit, which you can purchase online before you start the course
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2024/25
  • Enhanced DBS Fee - £44, payable on enrolment
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

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Sports Academy: While on this course you may be able to join our Sports Academy, if you have a talent for sport, find out what we offer on our Sports Academy page.

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Last updated: 24/10/2023
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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