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Physical Education AS/A2 at King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon

Course description

It is expected that boys will achieve an A* or A grade in GCSE Maths and Science in order to take this subject in the Sixth Form – a B grade is minimum.

Why choose Physical Education?

Physical Education is a most versatile subject that combines well with a variety of other subjects. This specification builds on the student’s previous experience to enhance their knowledge and increase their understanding of the factors that affect performance and participation in physical education. The qualification looks to equip students with whole life skills and knowledge required for higher education and the world of work. The specification offers students the opportunity to experience and develop an interest in a variety of roles in sport such as performer, official and/or leader/coach at AS and then be able to specialise in one at A2. The content of the course will address current contemporary topics in sport such as the impact in the use of ergogenic aids, technology and increasing commercialisation of sport. It must be emphasised that a GCSE in Physical Education is not a requirement for students wishing to follow this course.

AS Examinations

Unit 1 – PHED1

Opportunities for and the effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle

60% of AS, 30% of A-Level

2 hour written examination

84 marks

Two sections:

Section A: six structured questions

Section B: application of theoretical knowledge to a practical situation

Unit 2 – PHED2

Analysis and evaluation of physical activity as a performer and/or in an

adopted role/s

40% of AS, 20% of A-Level

Internal assessment with external moderation

100 marks

Candidates perform, analyse and evaluate the execution of core skills and techniques in isolation and in structured practice as either a player/performer and in an adopted role or two adopted roles.

A2 Examinations

Unit 3 – PHED3

Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within


30% of A-Level

2 hour written examination

84 marks

Three sections:

Section A: how exercise physiology can optimise performance

Section B: how application of psychological knowledge can optimise performance

Section C: contemporary influences in sport and their impact on the performer

Unit 4 – PHED4

Optimising practical performance in a competitive situation

20% of A-Level

Internal assessment with external moderation

120 marks

Candidates perform, analyse and evaluate their own performance, identify areas of performance that they could improve, and suggest causes and appropriate corrective measures.

Physical Education helps prepare young individuals to lead a healthy, active lifestyle. It helps to instil positive values and it is not only about your physical fitness or your physical structure, it is about your mental development in all aspects of your life. For example psychologically, your social behaviour and how you deal with situations which occur in your life. Many students have found that by undertaking Physical Education they are not only improving their interpersonal skills with those around them but are also increasing their own levels of motivation and pride in what they do. In Physical Education you learn by doing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon directly.

Last updated date: 01 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September