Physical Education

Course Summary:

PE is fascinating, varied and challenging. This multi-disciplinary course covers the science of the human body, the psychology of the performers mind, the analysis and improvement of performance and the current and historical issues associated with sport. For example you will discover how wind tunnels can be used to improve performance, how to improve team cohesion and how the media affects modern sport. It will suit you if you have a passion for sport and a good level of practical ability.

Higher Education Destinations:

  • Primary English Education with QTS
  • The University of Bolton- Sport Rehabilitation
  • The University of Sheffield – Law
  • Manchester Metropolitan University – Coaching and Sport Development
  • Leeds Beckett Univeristy – Physical Education

Career destinations:

The skills developed studying PE, particularly teamwork and communication, will be useful for a range of HE Courses and careers, particularly in areas such as Physiotherapy, Leisure Management, Sports Development, Teaching, Nursing, Sports Analysis, the Armed Forces and the Police.

Entry Requirements:

You will need a 4 or above in GCSE PE if you’ve taken it at school, and C or above is also preferable in GCSE or BTEC Science. You will also need a keen interest in sport.

Assessment Method:

70% exam
30% coursework


Students undertaking the physical education course are expected to participate in the College’s sports enrichment programme in order to support the practical elements of the course.They will also be encouraged to develop further their application of theoretical concepts learnt through awards such as the Sports Leaders Award and the Assistant Fitness Instructor Award.Able students will have the opportunity to study subjects outside the syllabus content, visit various university sites and receive support with their university application.Students are timetabled to allow them to compete in NW Colleges Leagues in (mens/womens) football, netball,rugby league and basketball. A new state of the art multi gym is also available for all students to use.

Student Case Studies:

Joel Wolstenholme

Joel Wolstenholme

“The sports facilities here are brilliant and resources are constantly updated, making learning as up to date as possible. The course content is really interesting and tutors push you further in areas you enjoy. There are also lots of enrichment opportunities and the chance to join competitive sports teams – I’ve been captain of the Basketball Team this year. College is enjoyable every day due to several factors, but mainly the positive ethos here – there is great mutualrespect. When I leave I want to study either Sports Studies or Sport & Exercise Science with English Language at Sunderland or Loughborough University and then possibly pursue a teaching career.”