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Physical Education A Level at Beechen Cliff School

Course description

Are you interested in finding out why since the 1968 Mexico Olympics, elite high jumpers choose to perform using Richard Fosby’s jumping technique? How the body responds to exercise? Why people take drugs in sport or train at altitude? What scientific principles a rugby player can apply to become more stable, or which of Newton’s Laws enable us to change direction when sidestepping? Finding out why some sports performers underperform when there is a large crowd present whilst others thrive in such situations? If so, these are just some of the questions explored in Physical Education.

Sport and fitness forms a significant part of an every increasing leisure industry, and currently accounts for 30% of total consumer spending, and government investment of over £3 billion since 1997. The leisure sector is a varied group of industries, which not only includes sport, but also tourism, hospitality, entertainment, countryside recreation, the arts and heritage. Within each of these industries, there are a variety of skill requirements - for example, specialist sporting skills including sports science, physical education, coaching, sports development and sports management.
A’Level Physical Education is a diverse course consisting of six specialist areas of theoretical study. Couple this with the requirement to also demonstrate practical ability (either as a performer or a coach); and then to have to learn and demonstrate how to critically analyse an active participant, makes this qualification one of the most challenging. However, if you are passionate about sport, it is also one of the most enjoyable subjects within the A’Level choices.

Sport and fitness forms a significant part of an every increasing leisure industry, and currently accounts for 30% of total consumer spending, and government investment of over £3 billion since 1997. The leisure sector is a varied group of industries, which not only includes sport, but also tourism, hospitality, entertainment, countryside recreation, the arts and heritage. Within each of these industries, there are a variety of skill requirements - for example, specialist sporting skills including sports science, physical education, coaching, sports development and sports management.

A’Level Physical Education is a diverse course consisting of six specialist areas of theoretical study. Couple this with the requirement to also demonstrate practical ability (either as a performer or a coach); and then to have to learn and demonstrate how to critically analyse an active participant, makes this qualification one of the most challenging. However, if you are passionate about sport, it is also one of the most enjoyable subjects within the A’Level choices.

Course content

Awarding body: AQA Physical Education (7582)
Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport
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
Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics
Section B: Sport psychology Section
Section C: Sport and society

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

Further information

Due to the multiplicity of opportunities currently available within sport, Physical Education works along side numerous subjects. The obvious choices consist of Biology, Psychology and History, but your decision will very much depend on what you wish to do for a future vocation, i.e. coaching or teaching, backroom support, for example physiotherapist or sports psychologist, sports marketing or journalism, sports business management or events co-ordinator.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beechen Cliff School directly.

Last updated date: 10 May 2017

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