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Physical Education A-Level at St Leonards Catholic School

Course description

Physical Education draws on well-established areas of study but also takes account of the contemporary view of PE and sport. There are many innovative features of this course. Students have the option to focus on a single physical activity throughout the course. In doing so they can experience and develop an interest in a variety of roles such as performer, official and leader/coach. They are given opportunities to build on their previous experience to enhance their knowledge and increase their understanding of the modern day sporting arena.

Course content

THE AS COURSE OUTLINE

At AS, you will develop knowledge and skills to help understand the opportunities for, and effects of, leading a healthy and active lifestyle. You will be given the opportunity to build on your experiences and improve your personal skills/techniques across a variety of roles in a sport of your choice to improve performance.

UNIT 1: OPPORTUNITIES FOR AND THE EFFECTS OF LEADING A HEALTHY AND ACTIVE LIFESTYLE.

  • Applied Exercise Physiology
  • Skills acquisition
  • Opportunities for participation

UNIT2: ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AS PERFORMER AND/OR IN AN ADOPTED ROLE/S.

  • Execution of skills/techniques in two roles(performer, official / referee / umpire / judge or leader/coach) in a chosen physical activity
  • Analysis of own performance
  • Application of theoretical knowledge to achieve effective performance

A2 COURSE

At A2, you can further develop your understanding of key philosophical concepts, themes, texts and techniques. You will be given the opportunity to specialize further, selecting two themes to study in depth and focusing on philosophical problems through the study of a key text. Problem areas relate directly to other areas of the specification and candidates will be able to draw on, develop and apply material from both the AS and A2 modules.

UNIT 3: OPTIMISING PERFORMANCE AND EVALUATING CONTEMPORARY ISSUES WITHIN SPORT.

  • Applied physiology to optimise performance
  • Psychological aspects that optimise performance
  • Evaluating contemporary influences

UNIT 4: PHILOSOPHICAL PROBLEMS

  • Optimising performance in competitive or performance conditions in one role
  • Evaluation of own performance identifying weakness
  • Suggesting cause of own weakness and appropriate corrective measure 

Entry requirements

  • each applicant must achieve at least eight GCSE or equivalent Level 2 Qualification passes at grade A*-G
  • each applicant must achieve at least five GCSE passes1 at grade A*-C
  • each applicant must achieve at least four GCSE B grades including at least a grade B2 in each subject to be taken at AS Level (see course entry requirements listed in section 6 of this admissions policy).
  • any applicant wishing to study a science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) at AS Level must achieve at least a grade B in GCSE Additional Science if taking double science rather than separate sciences. If taking separate sciences then the applicant must achieve at least a grade B in the science subject to be taken at AS Level.
  • any applicant wishing to study a subject at AS that they are not currently studying at GCSE must consult the list of entry requirements listed in section 6 of this admissions policy.
  • any applicant currently studying a subject at GCSE that they wish to continue to study at AS must achieve at least a grade B in that subject at GCSE.
  • each applicant must study a minimum of four AS Level courses to completion in Year 12 and a minimum of three A2 Level courses to completion in Year 13.
  • each applicant must study the General Religious Education Course to completion

Students should also be actively involved in at least one sport to a representative level and must have shown willingness to represent St Leonard’s. Whilst involved with the chosen sport it is essential that you should be assuming two roles from: the performer, leader/coach and umpire.

Assessment

AS

UNIT 1

Assessment: Written paper 2 hours. Weighting 60% of total AS Level marks. 30% of total A Level mark.

UNIT 2

Assessment: Internal assessment with external moderation: 100 marks. Weighting: 40% of total AS Level mark.20% of A Level marks

A2

UNIT 3

Assessment: Written paper: 2 hours (84 marks) Weighting: 30% of total A Level marks

Future opportunities

PE would support an application for a wide range of university courses including Sports Science, Physiotherapy, Teaching, Sports Nutrition and Medicine. As this subject develops transferable skills and the key skills that employers desire it can lead to a wide range of employment opportunities including Recreational Management, Leisure Activities, Armed Forces, and Civil Services.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Leonards Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 22 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

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