Why study PE?

Physical Education is not just one of the most dynamic, wide ranging subjects you can choose, it also helps to educate and develop a range of skills crucial in the enjoyment of a long, healthy, successful future.

Promotion of a healthy, active lifestyle 2014 statistics include;

  • 64% UK adults are classed as overweight or obese
  • Britain’s obesity/overweight and tobacco related death rates are the highest in Europe (Heart Disease and Cancer)
  • Obesity costs £2.6 billion a year in NHS bills and indirect losses to the economy.
  • Obesity at 40 reduces life expectancy by 7 years; Obese people who smoke reduce their life expectancy by 13 years.

Physical and mental wellbeing

  • Physical activity is proven to reduce stress and boost the body’s ability to deal with existing mental tension.
  • Exercise can increase self-esteem and reduce depression and anxiety
  • Regular physical activity aids memory and learning (increase cell production in the brain).

Leadership & communication skills

  • Coaching and officiating experience.
  • In depth analysis of performance, identifying strengths, weaknesses and corrective measures.

 Knowledge of human anatomy

  • In depth understanding of the structure of the human body and why a healthy active lifestyle is so vital for successful performance and that’s not just in sport.
  • Effectively compliments the study of Biology.

Appreciation of cultural inequalities

  • Through the study of the barriers to participation for social exclusion groups and the development of sport.
  • Wide range of role models form a range of cultural backgrounds used as examples during class discussion.

Why study PE at HCS?

  • Excellent on-site sporting facilities including an all-weather Astroturf, 6 tennis/netball courts, Outdoor pitches marked seasonally for Rugby, Football, Cricket, Rounders and Athletics.
  • Level 2 and 3, vastly experienced coaches in our major sports.
  • Delivery by 3/4 different PE teachers to ensure expertise is used effectively
  • Dedicated PE classrooms with interactive whiteboards
  • A hugely comprehensive activities programme to increase practical skills and support academic progress
  • Mentors to support high level athletes in the achievement of academic and sporting prowess.

What do I need to study PE? A Grade B or above in GCSE PE, Biology and English is strongly recommended. You must also be fully committed to improving your performance in two sports, as performer, official and/or coach.

For full course specification visit: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/physical-education/a-level/physical-education-2580

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About Hampshire Collegiate School

Hampshire Collegiate School near Romsey is an independent school for boys and girls 2–18. Our 130 acre site – once home to Florence Nightingale – includes beautiful Grade II listed woodland gardens, sports pitches and educational facilities. We combine an ‘academic ambition’ programme with development of a wide range of skills and interests for every pupil.

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