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Physical Education A Level at Parkstone Grammar School

Course description


30% Practical coursework (internally assessed/externally moderated) 70% External examination

Course content

Unit 01 - Topics include:

Skeletal and muscular systems

Cardiovascular and respiratory systems

Energy for exercise

Environmental effects on body systems

Exercise physiology

Diet and nutrition

Preparation and training methods

Injury prevention and rehabilitation of injury


Unit 02 - Topics include

Skill acquisition – classification of skills, types and methods of practice, stages of learning, feedback, memory models

Sports Psychology

Individual aspects of performance - personality, attitude, motivation, aggression and social facilitation

Group dynamics in sport, goal setting, attribution, leadership, stress management

Mental preparation for physical activity – concentration, goal setting, attritbution

Unit 03 - Topics include

Sport and society – emergence and evolution of modern sport

Global sporting events eg Olympic games

Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport – ethics and evidence, commercialisation and media, routes to sporting excellence, modern technology in sport

Unit 04 - Learners are internally assessed through the NEA in one practical activity (either performing or coaching one chosen activity from the approved lists) and the Evaluation and Analysis of Performace for Improvement (EAPI).



Details and length of examination(s):
Unit 01 - Physiological factors affecting performance - applied anatomy and physiology, biomechanics : 2hr written paper: 90 marks 30%.
Unit 02: - Psychological factors affecting performance – skill acquisition, sports psychology : 1 hr written paper : 60 marks : 20%.

Unit 03: Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport – sport and society, contemporary issues : 1 hr written paper : 60 marks: 20%.

Unit 04 (Externally set and assessed): – Performance in physical education – performance or coaching in an activity (taken from the approved list), Evaluation and Analysing of performance for improvement : 60 marks : 30%.

Internally assessed - (completion date March) - externally moderated.

Candidates are assessed in one chosen activity practical performance and an oral assessment takes place on the evaluation of a live performance.
Structure: Time allocation: 8 lessons of theory, 1 lesson of practical per fortnight

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Parkstone Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 30 September 2016
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    • We are a heavily oversubscribed 11-18 selective girls’ school offering outstanding education to the girls of Poole and its surrounding area. Founded in 1905 Parkstone has continued to provide excellent academic results within a warm, friendly and vibrant community. We are a six form entry school with 1250 students including 370 in the sixth form.

      Girls at Parkstone are not only encouraged to succeed academically, but to enjoy the wide range of musical, theatrical, sporting, speaking and charitable opportunities.