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Physical Education A level at The Becket School

Course description

Everyone has taken part in school PE lessons and a lot of people play in the school teams. Many people get a great deal of pleasure from physical activity and sport, many also go on to make the ‘sporting experience’ a part of their lives.

If you are you one of those people why not have your skills and ability recognised formally? Have you ever wondered how your body can do all the amazing things it does in sport? Where did sport come from?  Why do we play sport?

Physical Education examinations are one of the biggest growth areas in education at the present time. The popularity of the courses can be seen by the increasing numbers entering this field.  The PE AS/A Level course offers a broad range of topics through which you can develop your understanding and expertise in this unique area of experience.

Doing this course can lead into the Sport and Leisure industry which is a growing field where employment opportunities are expanding as are Higher Education places.

Course content

The three units for AS Level are:

Unit 1: Physiological factors affecting performance (35%)

Anatomy and Physiology, exercise physiology and biomechanics. The skeletal and muscular systems; motion and movement; the cardiovascular and respiratory systems in relation to the performance of physical activity.

Unit 2: Psychological and socio-cultural themes in physical education (35%)

Classification of motor skills and abilities; the development of motor skills; information processing; motor control of skills in physical activity; learning skills in physical activity; Sport and society issues such as participation rates, funding and elite sport.

Unit 3: Performance in Physical Education (30%)

Performance; evaluating and planning for the improvement of performance. Candidates are assessed in one activity as a performer or coach selected from an approved list of activities.

The four units for the A Level are:

Unit 1: Physiological factors affecting performance (30%)

Anatomy and Physiology, exercise physiology and biomechanics. The skeletal and muscular systems; the cardiovascular and respiratory systems in relation to the performance of physical activity. Biomechanics: Linear motion in physical activity; force in physical activity; fluid mechanics in physical activity; stability and angular motion in physical activity; Energy; health components of physical fitness; application of the principles of training; performance enhancement

Unit 2: Psychological factors affecting performance (20%)

Classification of motor skills and abilities; the development of motor skills; information processing; motor control of skills in physical activity; learning skills in physical activity; Psychological factors that affect performance such as attitude, personality, leadership and motivation. Individual aspects of performance; group dynamics of performance and audience effects; mental preparation for physical activity

Unit 3: Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport (20%)

Sport and society issues such as participation rates, funding and elite sport, including the impact of modern technological products.  Ethics and deviance in sport; sponsorship and commercialism linked to the effects of the media on sport and the performer.

Unit 4: Performance in Physical Education (30%)

Practical Skills - Performance; evaluation, appreciation and the improvement of performance. Candidates are assessed in either performing or coaching one activity from the approved list.

Entry requirements

Many pupils will have experienced the Physical Education Examination at GCSE level but this is not essential for entry onto the A level course.  To cope with the demands of the course it is strongly recommended that students have attained a B grade at GCSE science subjects.

Future opportunities

Doing this course can lead into the Sport and Leisure industry which is a growing field where employment opportunities are expanding as are Higher Education places.

Further information

Outside Activities

During the course there will be an opportunity to attend a PE A level Conference, where Authors and Examiners give lectures on up to the minute developments in the field of study and advice on how to get an A grade!

Pastoral Support

The PE staff are always willing to give extra advice and help to students to help you make the most of the course and to make sure you clear any hurdles in your way to a grade that will reflect your achievements.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Becket School directly.

Last updated date: 07 October 2016

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