Physical Education - A Level

Further Details
Course Code
LA00051
Location
Yale
Duration
Full Time, The AS qualification is taught in the first year of study.The A2 qualification is taught in the second year of study.
Department
A Levels
Start Date
05 Sep 2022
End Date
23 Jun 2023

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Course Overview
The areas covered in this specification are:
Applied anatomy and physiology - developing knowledge and understanding of the changes within the body systems prior to exercise, during exercise of differing intensities, and during recovery.

Exercise physiology - developing knowledge and understanding of:
• Diet and nutrition and their effect on physical activity and performance
• Preparation and training methods in relation to maintaining and improving physical activity and performance
• Injury prevention and the rehabilitation of injury

Biomechanical movement - developing knowledge and understanding of motion and forces, and their relevance to performance in physical activity and sport.

Skill acquisition - developing knowledge and understanding of the principles required in order to optimise the learning of new, and the development of existing skills.

Sport psychology - developing knowledge and understanding of the role sport psychology has in optimising performance in physical activity and sport.

Sport and society - developing knowledge and understanding of the interaction between, and the evolution of, sport and society.

In addition both the AS and A level specifications in Physical Education will require students to demonstrate their ability to apply knowledge and understanding from the different areas outlined above to physical activity and sport and to use theories, concepts, principles and models to analyse and evaluate physical activity and performance.
The Advanced Subsidiary (AS) forms 40% of the assessment weighting of the
full A Level. AS can be taken as a stand-alone specification or as the first part
of the full A Level course. AS candidates will take two units:

Unit 1: “Exploring Physical Education” – a written examination of 1¾ hours worth 24% of qualification. This exam assesses all AS subject content and will have contextualised questions to include multiple choice, data response, short and extended answers.

Unit 2: “Improving Personal Performance in Physical Education” – this is a non-exam assessment worth 16% of the qualification which assesses
• practical performance in one activity as a player/performer
• practical performance as a coach
• personal performance profile.

Ideally prospective students should be competing regularly in their chosen sport so that video evidence can be obtained for Unit 2. Students should also establish links in their community (either at a local school or club) to coach on a regular basis for assessment as a coach.

A2 candidates take two further units:
Unit 3: “Evaluating Physical Education” is assessed by a written examination which is 2 hours in length and worth 36% of qualification.

Unit 4: “Refining Personal Performance in Physical Education” which is a non-exam assessment worth 24% of qualification. This unit assesses practical performance in one activity as a player/performer, coach or official and an Investigative Research project.
5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Science Higher Tier.

*An essential requirement is practical participation in at least one sport at Club level.

Study at GCSE is not essential, but if taken at least a Grade B/6 is required.
Owing to the emphasis on practical assessment as a coach or a player in one chosen sport, participation at club level is essential.
Science at least grade C/4.

Because of the increased emphasis on the application of theory at A2; to proceed to A2, students MUST achieve at least an E/2 grade in the theory element (G451) of the course.

Should an A level applicant have or be predicted a grade D/3 in either GCSE Maths or English (and at least a grade C/4 in the other subject) then your application will be considered.

At Coleg Cambria we would encourage you to do the very best that you can in your exams. The better your grades the more options you will have, and may result in you gaining entry onto a higher level course.
Successful students will find the qualifications useful if they intend to:

(i) follow further courses within the Higher Education sector particularly in Physical Education or related subjects i.e. Sports Science, Human Movement, Recreational Management.

(ii) pursue careers in areas such as: Sports Administration, Leisure and Recreation Management, Police and Armed Forces, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Remedial Gymnastics, Sports Journalism, Teaching.
Some courses may require equipment and/or uniforms to be purchased. Please see attached equipment list for further information.
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