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Level: Advanced (Level 3)Awarding Body: EDUQAS

Why study A Level Physical Education?

You should choose A Level Physical Education if you love being active and want to find out more about how to improve your sporting performance. This course will give you the opportunity to investigate the variety of activities and roles that you can undertake as a sports person. You will explore the array of factors that affect a person’s ability to train effectively and improve sporting performance. You will also examine a variety of external factors that affect the sports industry and encourage lifelong participation.

What can it lead to?

The A Level Physical Education Course gives you an excellent grounding in the subject content needed to progress on to a sports science based degree at university. You will also develop your knowledge of human anatomy and physiology in order get a job in the fast growing leisure and recreation industry. Sports industry careers include becoming a Sports nutritionist, a sports psychologist, a variety of coaching roles, becoming a fitness professional and sports development.

How is the course organised?

Component 1: Scientific Principles of PE.

Topic 1: Applied anatomy and physiology.

Topic 2: Exercise physiology and applied movement analysis.

Biomechanics is embedded within the content of Topics 1 and 2.

 

Component 2: Psychological and Social Principles of PE.

Topic 3: Skill acquisition.

Topic 4: Sport psychology.

Topic 5: Sport and society.

 

Component 3: Practical Performance.

Skills performed in one physical activity as a player/performer (or)

Skills performed in one physical activity as a coach.

 

Component 4: Performance Analysis and Performance Development Programme.

In the role of player/performer or coach analyse two components of a physical activity.

In the role of player/performer or coach analyse, implement and evaluate a Performance Development Programme.

 

How is the course assessed?

Component 1: Scientific Principles of PE.

Written examination: 2 hours and 30 minutes.

40% of the qualification (140 marks).

 

Component 2: Psychological and Social Principles of PE.

Written examination: 2 hours.

30% of the qualification (100 marks).

 

Component 3: Practical Performance.

Non-examined assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated.

15% of the qualification (40 marks).

 

Component 4: Performance Analysis and Performance Development Programme.

Non-examined assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated.

15% of the qualification (40 marks).

What do I need to qualify for this course?

Candidates need the college entry requirements to embark on an A-level programme. This consists of a minimum of 6 9-4 grades (A*-C) at GCSE Level.

All A Level Physical Education students are expected to get involved in the Sports Enrichment Programme. The range of activities available are extensive. From the more recreational, available throughout the week by way of clubs e.g. Basketball, Futsal, Table tennis and Badminton. There are also a variety of competitive squads participating in Wednesday afternoon fixtures in Basketball, Rugby, Football and Netball as part of the AOC sports league. The department also runs an annual outward bound trip where students have the opportunity to develop OAA skills for assessment.

Who are the teachers?

Mr. D. Hall.

Head of Department/Pastoral Manager.

Mr. D. Camacho.

Department Second in Charge/Pastoral Manager.

Mrs. C. Thomas.

Teacher of PE/Vice Principal.

What do students say about the course?

I really enjoyed learning about the lifestyle factors that affect my health and the principles I can follow in order to improve my fitness. The course gave me the opportunity to participate in lots of different sports and fitness activities and helped me to develop my performances in my favourite sport, Netball.

Extra Curricular

Did you know that being physical active has many more benefits than just the physical? As well as improving your fitness you can benefit from improved health and less chance of becoming overweight and contracting disorders like diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. There are mental and emotional benefits like increased motivation and the ability to control anxiety and stress levels. You get to meet lots of new people and benefit from the social interactions with other players and coaches.