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Physical Education AS A2 at Elizabeth Woodville School

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For this course you will follow the Edexcel syllabus.  The AS level consists of three units of assessment and will have two written exams of one and a quarter hours for Units 1 and 3 along with the coursework of Unit 2. Unit 1  The Social Basis of Sport and RecreationThis unit sets the scene for the current day structure of sport and recreation in this country by bringing together historical and cultural aspects.  A similar analysis is undertaken to look at a European country.  This is then developed into an exciting analysis of current issues, which are studied through the ever-changing arena of the Olympic Games.  Issues such as racism, commercialism, gender and politics are embedded and chronicled in the theatre of the Olympic Movement. Unit 2  Practical AssessmentThis unit gives you the choice of either undertaking practical activities with the assessment of two sports or the opportunity to undertake a research project on a sports related topic. The practical assessment offers you a wide range of practical options from the differing groups of team games, racket sports and individual pursuits.  The assessment includes the Analysis of Performance of one of these along with the testing of your physical fitness in a range of standardised tests.  Students will also complete three assignments, one titled Local and National Provision, and the other two on skill acquisition. The research project is an opportunity for you to research, analyse and evaluate an area related to practical performance which is relevant and of interest to you.  It will involve researching a range of material related to a specific topic, an investigation and evaluation of the related issues and the development of specific conclusions along with an appraisal of your work. Unit 3  Performance and TrainingThis unit brings alive the areas of physiology and skill acquisition.   Whilst your involvement in sporting activities will be keen, your ability to analyse the way you learn skills and how to improve your performance may be neglected.  This unit seeks to alter this.  You will be actively involved, learning through participation and relating aspects of the theory to your own performance, whether it is related to the learning of the skills or to the fitness elements of performing.  The measurement and recording of performance will be required and the evaluation of these results will provide for a greater understanding as well as proving valuable data to support future training programmes. A LevelThe full A Level qualification is made up of the AS units plus three more units which are studied at a higher level.  If you do decide to take the second half of the course it will cover the three units described below and will be assessed by two written exams of one and a quarter and one and a half hours long, along with the coursework assessment. Unit 4 Global Trends in International SportA Level study requires students to draw together their understanding of topics.  This unit of study uses the same structure as Unit 1 but explores different cultures such as America, Australasia or Asia and looks at their involvement in modern sporting competitions.  You will then re-visit the major contemporary issues such as racism, women in sport and deviance and analyse and contrast these using the major sporting championships to highlight global trends in world sport. Unit 5  Practical AssessmentThis unit is designed to develop and extend your practical activities or studies which were established in the AS.  The assessment of practical activities includes an assessment of individual skills and you will be required to maintain a Training Diary allowing you to record and evaluate your performances and achievements throughout the course. As well as the practical element of the course, two assignments will be set;  one is a fitness programme and the second investigates factors affecting performance. Support is also given to you if you are an elite performer or have a specialist sporting activity.  The assessment allows candidates to follow one practical activity combined with an analytical study of a topic related to that activity.  Furthermore, if your specialist sport is outside the list of activities in the AS but conforms to a set of stated criteria it maybe possible for you to offer this activity if your centre agrees. Finally it may be that you would prefer to do an Investigative Study of an issue that interest you.  This will involve you in a small scale research project, gathering data to test a hypothesis. Unit 6  Scientific Principles of Sport and ExerciseScientific principles are the basis for understanding how we perform.  To develop your knowledge and understanding of your own performance the unit will cover the essential area of energy systems and show how the body produces energy to enable us to exercise. You will also study a section on either sports psychology or sports mechanics which will add to your wider understanding of the factors influencing a sporting performance. These then will be drawn together in the final section which relates the wide ranging scientific principles to performance and allows you to analyse their influence with respect to common issues such as training, preparation, injury and performance strategies.

Entry requirements

It is advisable that students wishing to enter an Advanced Level course should be aiming to achieve at least a B grade in that subject at GCSE level.  For non GCSE subjects such as Psychology and Sociology a grade C in English is a requirement.  It is advised that students sitting the Advanced courses in Maths and Science should have sat the Higher GCSE papers, achieving an A/B grade.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Elizabeth Woodville School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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