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Physical Education A Level (Elective pathway only) at Thomas Deacon Academy

Course description

This challenging programme of study has a multi-disciplinary approach based on the interaction between theory across a range of different subjects and the practice of Physical Education. Whilst the course is academically rigorous, it provides sportsmen and women the opportunity to gain 15% of their A’level marks from practical participation. Combined with the theoretical study of Physiology, Biomechanics, Psychology, Technology, History and Sociology (all related to sport), it gives students the unique opportunity to study and acquire skills from a broad range of academic disciplines.

Students must be passionate about sport. Participation in sport (outside of lesson time) is essential. Students need to be proactive in taking opportunities to develop their practical skills. They must collect and submit video evidence of their sport performance. Students should have a keen interest in the issues surrounding sport. Students need to be self motivated and undertake work outside of lessons to reaffirm their learning.

Subjects will only run if there is a sufficient number of applicants to make the course viable.

Course content

Year 1:

Unit 1: Written Exam

Section A - Applied anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology & biomechanical movement

Section B - Skill acquisition and sports psychology

Section C – Sport and society and the role of technology in sport

 

Unit 2: Non-exam assessment: Practical Performance and Written Analysis

  • Practical performance as either a  coach or performer in a fully competitive context of one activity

Written analysis and evaluation of performance.

Year 2

Unit 1: Written Exam

Section A - Applied anatomy and physiology

Section B - Skill acquisition

Section C – Sport and society

 

Unit 2 : Written Exam

Section A - Exercise physiology & biomechanical movement

Section B - Sports psychology

Section C – Sport and society and the role of technology in sport

 

Unit 3: Non-exam assessment: Practical Performance and Written Analysis - Practical performance as either a  coach or performer in a fully competitive context of one activity

- Written analysis and evaluation of performance.

Entry requirements

Double Award Science GCSE : BB or Biology GCSE: B English Language GCSE: C, Mathematics GCSE: C

Students must have an interest in either performing or coaching sport and currently participate in one of these to a good level.

Students need to be practically able, participating at a good level. An enthusiasm to complete independent research/reading is required as is a good understanding of science.

Assessment

AS PE:

Unit 1 - Written Exam - 2 hours (June), 70%

Multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions

Unit 2: Non-examined content – Internal assessment, external moderation

15% - Performer or coach in a full competitive context of one sport

15% - Written analysis and evaluation of their own performance

A’LEVEL PE:

Unit 1 - Written Exam - 2 hours (June), 35%

Multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions

Unit 2 - Written Exam - 2 hours (June), 35%

Multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions

Unit 3: Non-examined content – Internal assessment, external moderation

15% - Performer or coach in a full competitive context of one sport

15% - Written analysis and evaluation of their own performance

N.B. Practical evidence and coursework is submitted before end of February.

Financial information

Students can participate in Sports activities at school for free. Participation at sports clubs outside of school will incur costs. Students will need the necessary sports equipment to participate in their chosen activity.

Future opportunities

Studying A-level P.E. could take you into a number of exciting sports related career paths: Sports Management, the Leisure industry, Sports therapy, Physiotherapy, PE Teacher, Sports Psychologist, Sports Coach, Fitness Instructor, Competition Manager, Nutritionist, Referee, Strength & Conditioning Coach, Sports Development Manager, Performance analyst , Events management. Our students often go on to university to study a variety of degrees in this field e.g. P.E, Sports Science or Sports Management.

Further information

Anita.Reynolds@thomasdeaconacademy.com

Colm.McCloskey@thomasdeaconacademy.com

Claire.O’Donnell@thomasdeaconacademy.com

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/physical-education/as-and-a-level

Biology, Psychology, Sociology, History are all complimentary to this subject.

 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thomas Deacon Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 March 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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