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Physical Education AS/A-Level at St Aloysius RC College

Course description

Sport and physical activity are a vital and expanding part of modern life. The impact of London 2012 has yet to be seen, although it is certain that the legacy of such an important event will drive further development in sport and physical activity. This course will equip you to develop and apply your skills and techniques to differing physical activity situations and contexts. You will develop your knowledge to be able to act in a variety of roles within physical activity as well as understand the impact that physical activity and sport can have on healthy lifestyles.

Course content

AS - Unit G451: An introduction to Physical Education

Section A: Anatomy & Physiology

  • The skeletal and muscular system
  • Motion and movement
  • The cardiovascular and respiratory systems in relation to the performance of physical activity

Section B: Acquiring Movement Skills

  • Classification of motor skills and abilities
  • The development of motor skills
  • Information processing
  • Motor control of skills in physical activity
  • Learning skills in physical activity

Section C: Socio cultural activities relating to participation in physical activity

  • Physical activity
  • Sport and culture
  • Contemporary sporting issues

Unit G452: Acquiring, developing and evaluating practical skills in Physical Education

  • Performance
  • Evaluating and planning for the improvement of performance

 

A2 - you will continue to develop your knowledge and skills base. You will study two units, Unit G453 and Unit G454:

Unit G453: Principles and concepts across different areas of Physical Education.

Section A: Comparative Studies

  • The United Kingdom
  • The USA
  • Australia

Section B: Sports Psychology

  • Individual aspects of performance
  • Group dynamics of performance and audience effects
  • Mental preparation for physical activity

Section B (cont'd): Exercise and Sport Physiology

  • Energy
  • Health components of physical fitness
  • Application of the principles of training
  • Performance enhancement

Unit G454: The improvement of effective performance and the critical evaluation of practical activities in Physical Education.

  • Performance
  • Evaluation, improvement and appreciation of performance

 

 

Entry requirements

Achieve an A* - C grade in the final examinations. Students with B grades will only be accepted if they have demonstrated necessary potential to cope with the demands of the A level Physical Education course. Students also need to have at least a double B grade in combined science or two B grades in single science subjects.

Assessment

AS - Unit G451: An introduction to Physical Education - 2 hour written examination.

Unit G452: Acquiring, developing and evaluating practical skills in Physical Education - Practical assessment in two sports from differing activity profiles. Oral response to practical observation.

Unit G451: An Introduction to Physical Education - 2 hour exam - 60% of AS Level - 30% of A2 Level

Unit G452: Acquiring, developing and evaluating practical skills in Physical Education.-Practical assessment in two sports. Oral response to practical observation - 40% of AS Level - 20% of A2 Level

A2 - Unit G453: Principles and concepts across different areas of Physical Education - 2.5 hour written examination. The final part of each question of the examination will cover Physical education in a synoptic context (i.e. pulling together aspects of the other studied topics).

Unit G454: The improvement of effective performance and the critical evaluation of practical activities in Physical Education - Practical assessment in one activity and a synoptic oral response to a live performance.

Unit 453: Principles and concepts across different areas of Physical Education -2½ hour exam - 30% of A Level.

Unit G454: The improvement of effective performance and the critical evaluation of practical activities in Physical Education - Practical assessment in one activity and a synoptic oral response to a live performance - 15% of A Level.

Future opportunities

An A Level in Physical Education is a fantastic basis for entering further education! You will find that studying Physical Education is a brilliant step towards a wider range of HE courses and/or employment opportunities.

Further education — physical educationalists can go on to study higher level courses, including Foundation degrees, undergraduate degrees and/or BTEC Higher Nationals.

Employment  — physical educationalists can go into a wide range of jobs, including:

  • Coaching
  • Education
  • Management
  • Retailing
  • Sales
  • Social/health services

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Aloysius RC College directly.

Last updated date: 05 December 2016
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