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Physical Education

Physical Education

Our Subject

Why do people take performance-enhancing drugs? How does your brain process information in a split second? What causes players to become violent? PE is a science course for the human mind and body. The modules you will study on a PE A-level or BTEC course here at Bilborough College cover the physiological, psychological and sociological factors that affect participation in sport. If you love the science of sport, have good organisational skills and can work well both independently and as a team, then you will enjoy PE at Bilborough.

To study PE at Bilborough, you need a minimum grade C/4 or above in English and Maths GCSE, and if you have taken PE at GCSE, a minimum grade B/5 in that subject.  You must have representative honours.

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PE gives you a solid grounding for further studies and careers in science, sport and leisure management, teaching, sports psychology, physiotherapy, sports nutrition and sports development, outdoor instruction, personal training and coaching.

Course Structure

In your first year (AS) we’ll look at the anatomy and physiology of sport – namely how muscles, forces, heart and lungs work to help the performer. We’ll also look at the acquisition of movement skills, and at sport in a social and cultural context (for example, why is football so important in America and Australia?).

In the second year (A2) there will be further physiology to explore – including the role of energy in exercise. We will also cover sports psychology (what role does personality play? How do you deal with stress in sport?), and sports in a historical context, from the eighteenth century to today.


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