Physical Education


How long does it last? Two years for A level, one year for AS Level.
Course Codes: AQA 7582
Exam Board Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/physical-education/as-and-a-level/physical-education-7582/specification-at-a-glance

Students who take this course:
Students who take this course will have at least a grade B in GCSE PE, or have achieved a Distinction in BTEC Sport. They will have an interest in both the theoretical and practical elements of physical education and they will play sport at a high level. Students could go on to study for a degree in sports science, sports studies, physiotherapy or teaching.

 

Course Description:
The course is both practical and theoretical. In the practical section the students can perform as a coach or a performer in a chosen sport. The theory covers topics such as skill acquisition, sports psychology, physiology, anatomy and biomechanical studies.

The breakdown is 30% practical and 70% written examination.

 

Overview:
This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the two year course.

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

There are two main study topics. The first of these covers the factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport and includes subjects such as Applied anatomy and physiology, Skill acquisition, Sport and society, Biomechanical movement, Sport psychology and Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport. In the second study topic you’ll learn how to analyse and evaluate an athlete’s performance, how to improve performance and the factors affecting gaining new skills.

AS level assessment: You will have three assessments.

Paper 1:
Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology- (questions: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing) (35 marks)
Section B: Skill acquisition (questions: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing) (35 marks)
Section C: Sport and society (questions: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing) (35 marks)
Written exam: 2 hours
105 marks
35% of A-level

Paper 2:
Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics (questions: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing) (35 marks)
Section B: Sport psychology (questions: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing) (35 marks)
Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport (questions: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing) (35 marks)
Written exam: 2 hours
105 marks
35% of A-level

Non-exam assessment: Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity.
Plus: written/verbal analysis of performance.
Internal assessment, external moderation
90 marks
30% of A-level