Hello and welcome to the PE Department at Reigate College.
My name is Ian Pizzey and I’m the Head of A Level Physical Education. We’re really pleased you’ve chosen to study PE at Reigate College and I’m looking forward to getting to know you and welcoming you to the department in person at the beginning of the academic year.
Before you start with us, I’d like you to complete a series of tasks and activities over the coming months to get you ready for studying PE at advanced level. These activities have all been designed for you to complete independently from home and there’ll be the chance to discuss what you’ve learnt when you start the course in September.
All of the tasks should be completed by Choices Day on 25 August. Please enjoy working through them and finding out more about studying A Level PE.
The tasks will be released here in three phases:
Explore your Subject – 4 May
Knowing the skills for success
A level PE
involves examining all the factors that contribute to sporting success. Physical,
mental and sociological factors all combine in order for someone to become an elite
Watch ‘The Science of Lance Armstrong Cycling Sports Documentary’:
Now answer the following questions to list the qualities that helped
Lance Armstrong rise to stardom:
PHYSICAL: What physiological qualities did he have? Use key terms from
PSYCHOLOGICAL: What mental qualities did he show in his path to success – when young, when competing and when ill?
SOCIOLOGICAL: What support did he get when young, as a teenager and
later to help him start, train, win. Think about his family, location,
Which of these three areas – physical, psychological, sociological – do
you think was most important in making him a champion? Why do you think that’s
It’s important to understand the meaning of key terms used in PE. Using
your own words, please write definitions for the following terms:
Now, watch the ‘Cycling’s Greatest Fraud – Lance Armstrong’ documentary on YouTube:
Having watched the previous documentary you’ll have seen the huge success Lance Armstrong had as a cyclist and his battles to achieve that success after life-threatening illness.
Cycling has always had problems with competitors taking
performance-enhancing drugs, particularly in the Tour de France.
Below is a list of ways the rules are broken relating to
taking drugs and performance enhancement. Write down what is involved in each
of these procedures or drugs and their physical benefits:
Human growth hormone
Breaking the rules in these ways is a huge risk, with
serious consequences if caught. Answer the below questions to try to explain
why some athletes take the risk.
the pressures athletes have on them that lead to taking drugs? (Think about money, fame, family, medals,
the possible consequences of taking performance-enhancing drugs? Your answer
should include physical, psychological and sociological consequences? (Think
about personal health, Law, media.)
consider the following debate:
Should we continue to fight drug-taking in sport or should we allow it?
a list of points in support of each side. How many can you think of? Some ideas
include: health, law, money/cost, personal choice, keeping up with science and
cheats (research how UK Sport tests for drugs through UKAD and think about how
hard the job is).
You should complete this section of tasks by 1 June.
Get Going – 1 June
Sport has existed in Society for 1000s of years. Humans are naturally competitive and a huge range of competitive sports are practiced in across the globe, taking many, many forms – from who can run the furthest to who can hit a small ball into a small hole 600 yards away. Competition is everywhere!
During the A Level Physical Education course we will study the
origins of modern Sport as we know it and will focus on Association Football,
Tennis and Athletics in particular.
of the above Sports and investigate its origin by answering the questions below.
Be warned, there is always debate as to how, where and exactly
when these may have originated.
Present your findings as a PowerPoint presentation or poster that
identifies key dates, people and events in the development of the Sport you’ve
Don’t forget to include the Extension Task – see below.
needs to be completed by 1 July.
Where and how did the modern Olympics of 1896 come about?
starting points for your research:
Baron De Coubertin,
Much Wenlock home to the Wenlock Olympian Games,
Questions to answer:
When was the FA (Football Association)
What were ‘Football’ type sports like before
the modern game emerged?
What factors resulted in the emergence of the
starting points for your research:
1863, Public Schools e.g. Rugby school, Ashbourne (Shrovetide football), mob football.
Questions to answer:
When was Lawn Tennis invented?
Where did it come from and what was the first
major Tennis competition?
When did Tennis turn professional?
Some starting points for your research:
The All England Tennis and Croquet Club,
Investigate the progress of women’s participation in the sport you chose. Who were the first female stars? When and where were they first allowed to compete compared to men? What are the key dates in their participation? For example, for Athletics and the Olympics, what were the specific events women first competed in? For Football consider World Cups and leagues, professionalism and pay. Consider how the history of women’s sport compares to men’s.
Aim High – 1 July
You should complete
all tasks by Choices Day on 25 August.
Training and rehabilitation
So far we’ve looked at the history of certain sports and some
of the key factors that make a modern sports star.
However, two major influences on success are:
Having access to facilities and medical support can be
critical in a sportsperson’s success. Training methods and rehabilitation techniques
are evolving all the time, so to be successful, players needs to be up to date
with all the latest developments.
TASK 1: Research
the following three training methods to find out how they work and to identify which
sports they benefit the most:
TASK 2: Now
research the following three rehab methods, again finding out how they work and
identifying which sports each benefits most:
Please use a variety of sources in your research. You may
find the following website useful:
Hint: If you are doing
a Google search, try typing A Level PE before the name of the method you’re
researching to make sure you find websites at the appropriate level.
TASK 3: Please
present your findings from TASKS 1 and 2 by creating:
EITHER two A4 posters (one for the above
training methods and one for the rehab methods)
OR six PowerPoint slides (one for each of the
above training and rehab methods)
TASK 4: For your
final task, we’d like you to undertake a case study. Please research a famous
sports player who has recovered from a major injury (Andy Murray would be a
good example but you could choose anyone) and answer the following questions:
What was the injury and how did it occur?
What methods did they need to use to
How long did full recovery take?
What specialist training do they now use as part
of their training?