Physical Education AS A2 at Magdalen College School
What do I need to know, or be able to do, before taking this course?
It is not a requirement that you should have studied physical education at GCSE level in order to take an Advanced GCE course in Physical Education. Several topics covered in the course are developments of work covered at GCSE but others are new. What is important is that you should have a lively and enquiring mind, an interest in physical education and sport, a willingness to explore new ideas and an ability to communicate your ideas effectively.
Is this the right subject for me?
The course will appeal to you if you:
have a keen interest in sport and recreation
want to follow a course that develops the theoretical aspects through practical involvement
have an enquiring mind and are interested in sport throughout the world
want to know more about how the body functions and the effects of exercise
want to evaluate and improve their own performance in a range of sports roles
enjoy discovering about yourself in practical situations
want to study a course that is active and that you will enjoy
may want to move on to a related career or higher education course.
develop your knowledge and skills in a range of sports roles
explore the contemporary issues in modern sport and recreation
examine the effects of exercise and the relationships between training and performance
identify the pathways and opportunities available to participate in sport and recreation at a local, national and international level
enhance your understanding of how elite performers prepare for sports competition
find ways to improve your own performance in selected roles through your greater understanding of the subject.
Science BB, GCSE History or Geography or English grade B.
Students should play regularly/competitively for a Sports Club, and be able to offer 1 sport and one of Sports Leader or Sports Official.
The AS course is assessed over two units. Unit 1 is externally assessed through a 1.5-hour examination paper. Unit 2 is internally assessed, through compiling a portfolio of evidence covering the four practical related tasks.
The A2 course is also assessed over two units, Unit 3 through a 2-hour examination paper. For Unit 4 you will submit four completed coursework tasks on your own student CD portfolio
Many students choose to use their qualification to go straight into employment, rather than go on to higher education. Because AS or Advanced GCE Physical Education develop the transferable skills and the Key Skills that employers are looking for, they can lead to a wide variety of employment opportunities. This can include further training in such areas as recreational management, leisure activities, the armed forces and the Civil Service.
What can I do after I've completed the course?
With an Advanced GCE Physical Education qualification, you will have access to a wide range of possible career and higher education opportunities. You learn and use a variety of transferable skills throughout the course. These include:
collecting, analysing and interpreting data
communicating your findings in different ways
identifying and developing the links between different parts of the subject.
These skills are in great demand by employers, universities and colleges.
Physical education combines with many AS and Advanced GCE subjects. It supports applications for a wide range of university courses like sports sciences, physiotherapy, recreation and leisure studies' and there are many new and exciting courses related to sport throughout higher education.
For further information please contact Mr Iain Taylor
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Magdalen College School directly.