Physical Education A Level at St John Fisher Catholic High School
Unit 1: Opportunities for and the effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle
Method of Assessment: 2 hour written examination: 60% AS marks, 30% A2 marks.
Section A will require students to answer two questions on each of: Applied Exercise Physiology; Skill Acquisition and Opportunities for Participation.
Section B will examine the application of theoretical knowledge to a practical situation.
Unit 2: Analysis and evaluation of physical activity as a performer and/or in an adopted role
Method of Assessment: Internal assessment with external moderation: 40% AS mark, 20% A2.
Students are assessed on their ability to perform, analyse and evaluate the execution of core skills/techniques in isolation and in structured practice as either: a player/performer, coach/leader or official.
Unit 3: Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within sport
Method of Assessment: 2 hour written examination: 30% A2 marks.
Students are required to answer: how exercise physiology can optimise performance; how the application of psychological knowledge can optimise performance; contemporary influences in sport and their impact on the performer; an extended question on either a topic from Applied Exercise Physiology, Psychological Factors or Evaluating Contemporary Issues.
Unit 4: Optimising practical performance in a competitive situation
Method of Assessment: Internal assessment with external moderation: 20% A2 marks.
Students are assessed on their ability to perform, analyse and evaluate their own performance in a competitive/performance situation as either a player/performer or coach/ leader or official in an adopted role.
It is preferred, although not essential, that students should have studied GCSE Physical Education and Biology. A minimum of Grade B is required for either of these subjects.
The course gives students the opportunities to gain credit towards their A Level from talents and skills in their favourite sport. Students have gone on to study at university in a wide range of careers including PE and the Sport Sciences, the health professions (including Medicine and Physiotherapy) as well as many other wide ranging careers in combination with other subjects. The specification provides a basis for some practical participation in sport and physical activity during the course and students will benefit from a variety of practical, scientific/laboratory and classroom inputs. However the theory content of the linear exam can be challenging.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Fisher Catholic High School directly.