Physical Education


How long does it last? Two years
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Students who take this course:
Students who take this course will need a Grade 6 in GCSE PE and a Grade 6 in GCSE Science. If GCSE PE has not been studied, it is essential that the candidate has gained a Grade 6 or above in Biology or Science at GCSE level. An interest in the theoretical aspects of Physical Education and Sports Science is essential as the A Level is majority theory based. To have studied GCSE PE is highly recommended.

The specification prepares students well for further study in various fields, for example social and natural sciences, health and social care, leisure and tourism. An A Level qualification is rapidly becoming essential for specialist study in PE and Sports Studies in Higher Education and is also a suitable qualification for other areas of study, including physiotherapy and nutrition.

Course Description:
The course is predominantly theory with a practical element. In the practical element the students can perform as a coach or a performer in a chosen sport and students will study theoretical content behind a wide range of topics which are detailed below. The breakdown is 30% practical and 70% written examination.

Overview:

  • Topic 1: Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Topic 2: Skill acquisition
  • Topic 3: Sport and society
  • Topic 4: Exercise physiology
  • Topic 5: Biomechanical movement
  • Topic 6: Sport psychology
  • Topic 7: Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport

A Level assessment: You will have three assessments. The first and second will be a written paper which covers the study topics of the two years. This paper accounts for 70% of your marks for the final year. The third assessment is a practical exercise where you will be marked as a player or coach depending on your personal goals. This practical assessment is based on the second study topic of the year and accounts for 30% of your marks for the year.

Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport

  • Written Paper, 2 hours, 35% of total A Level marks
  • Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology.
  • Section B: Skill acquisition
  • Section C: Sport and society

Paper 2: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport

  • Written Paper, 2 hours, 35% of total A Level marks
  • Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics
  • Section B: Sport psychology
  • Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport

Non-exam assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport

  • Internal assessment with external moderation 30% of total A Level marks,
  • Students are assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity
  • Students are assessed by a written or verbal analysis of performance.