Physical Education

Why study A level PE?

Studying A Level Physical Education will give you a fantastic insight into the world of sports performance. Not only will you have the chance to perform and be assessed in a chosen sport, you will also develop a wide-ranging knowledge into the how and why of physical activity and sport.  The combination of physical performance and academic challenge provides an exciting opportunity for students. You will develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance. In the practical performance component of the course, you will refine your ability to perform effectively in physical activity and sport by developing skills and techniques, using tactics and strategies and analysing and evaluating to improve performance. The course will also give you the opportunity to improve as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with curious and enquiring minds.

What are the careers or further education that this course be suitable for?

A Level Physical Education is an excellent base for a university degree in sports science, sports management, healthcare, or exercise and health. Physical Education can also complement further study in biology, human biology, physics, psychology, nutrition, sociology and many more.  It can open up a range of career opportunities including: sports development, sports coaching, physiotherapy, personal training or becoming one of the next generation of PE teachers. The transferable skills you learn through your study of Physical Education, such as decision making and independent thinking are also useful in any career path you choose to take.

Key Information Summary:

Course Title Physical Education
Examination Board AQA
Linear Qualification? Yes
Course Webpage http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/physical-education/as-and-a-level/physical-education-7582
Entry Requirements Grade B at GCSE level Physical Education, although a Grade A would be preferred.   Grade 5 at English language and/or biology.
Contact Teacher Mr A Pickup: apickup@wilmslowhigh.cheshire.sch.uk

 Course Details:

The AQA specification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills you will have acquired studying GCSE physical education. During the course, you will study seven theoretical areas: applied anatomy and physiology, skill acquisition, sport and society, exercise physiology, biomechanical movement, sport psychology and the role of technology in physical activity and sport. In addition to this, you will be assessed as a performer or coach in one practical activity.

 

Subject Content:

Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport

Applied anatomy and physiology, Skill Acquisition, Sport and Society.

Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and performance

Exercise physiology and biomechanics, sport psychology, sport and society, technology in sport.

Practical performance in physical activity and sport

Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity plus a written/verbal analysis of performance.

Assessment details:

A Level – 2 Year Course

Paper 1 (35% of A-level)

Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport

2 hour paper, 105 marks, multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

  • Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Section B: Skill acquisition
  • Section C: Sport and society

Paper 2 (35% of A-level)

Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport

2 hour paper, 105 marks, multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

  • 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

30% of A Level Internal assessment, external moderation. 90 marks.