Moving into Key Stage 5 pupils have a choice of A Level Physical Education and BTEC Sport.
A Level Physical Education takes the theory content from GCSE to a much deeper level whilst adding topics such as Sports Psychology, Skill Acquisition, Biomechanics and Sports Technology into the programme of study. Pupils then have an opportunity to critique their own performance in their chosen sport and apply these theoretical principles in identifying the cause of the weakness and again in suggesting corrective measures to improve these.
A Level PE is a unique subject as it draws upon a multitude of subjects including Physics, Biology, Mathematics, Sociology and Psychology. It therefore supports a range of other subjects pupils are taking whilst attracting pupils with various academic strengths. Pupils who study A Level PE often go on to University to study subjects such as Physiology, Sports Science, Physics, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Biomechanics and Strength & Conditioning.
BTEC Sport is being launched in the 2018/19 academic year for pupils who are interested in the practical application of Sports Science. Here pupils will study similar theoretical content as A Level Physical Education such as Anatomy and Physiology. However they then go on to units where pupils will design fitness training and nutritional programmes, explore professional development in the sports industry and develop their critical analysis skills of breaking sporting performance down. Pupils will utilise modern technology to aid the process and create development plans to improve performance.