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Physical Education A Level at Gordon's School

Course description

AS Level: This qualification is a linear course. Students will sit one exam and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of Year 12.

A2: This qualification is a linear course. Students will sit two exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of Year 13.

AS Level
Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport (Year12 only)
For this unit students will study:
Section A: Applied physiology
Section B: Skill acquisition and sports psychology
Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport
Non-exam assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport (Year 12 only) Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity. Plus: written/verbal analysis of performance.

A2 Level
Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport (Year 13)
Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology
Section B: Skill acquisition
Section C: Sport and society

Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport (Year 13) Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics
Section B: Sport psychology
Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport
Non-exam assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport (Year 13) Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity. Plus: written/verbal analysis of performance.

Entry requirements

The minimum academic requirements to join the Sixth Form are:

1.     A minimum of three GCSE grades A* to C plus at least a grade 4 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.
AND
2.     The grade criteria for individual subjects as outlined on the last page in this booklet.

Note:
Following the publication of GCSE results in August 2017 students may appeal to governors in the event of academic
requirements not being met. 

Assessment

Exam Papers Y12

Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport
70% of AS
Section A: Applied physiology,
Section B: Skill acquisition and sports psychology and
Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport.
- Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (28 marks)
- Section B: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (28 marks)
- Section C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (28 marks) Written exam: 2 hours

Non-exam assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport
30% of AS
Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity. Plus: written/verbal analysis of performance.

Exam Papers Y13

Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport
35% of A2
Section A: Applied physiology,
Section B: Skill acquisition and sports psychology and
Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport.
- Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended (35 marks)
- Section B: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)
- Section C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)
Written exam: 2 hours

Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport
35% of A2
Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics,
Section B: Sport psychology and
Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport.
- Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended (35 marks)
- Section B: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)
- Section C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)
Written exam: 2 hours

Non-exam assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport
30% of A2
Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity. Plus: written/verbal analysis of performance.

Further information

WIDER READING

- Bailey, Vamplew: 100 Years of PE
- Bartlett: Introduction to Sports Biomechanics
- Brasch: How did Sport Begin?
- Carr: Mechanics of Sport
- Clegg: Exercise Physiology
- Coakley: Sport in Society
- Donnellan: Issues in Sport
- Holt, Mason: Sport in Britain
- Honeybourne, Michael Hill & Helen Moors: Advanced PE & Sport
- James, Thompson & Wiggins: A-Z PE Handbook
- Jarvis: Sport Psychology
- Jones, Armour: Sociology of Sport
- Kew: Sports Social Problems & Issues
- Lumpkin, Stoll, Beller: Sports Ethics
- Mangan: Athleticism in the Victorian & Edwardian Public Schools
- McArdle, Katch, Katch: Exercise Physiology
- Neil, Morris: Should Drugs Cheats be Banned for Life?
- Schmidt: Motor Learning & Performance
- Thomas, Smith: Disability, Sport & Society
- Tudor: Periodisation – Training for Sport
- Wesson, Wiggins, Thompson, Hartigan: Sport and PE
- Wigglesworth: The Evolution of English Sport

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gordon's School directly.

Last updated date: 16 May 2017
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