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Physical Education A Level at S. Peter's Collegiate School - A CofE Academy

Course description

The course will appeal to students who have a practical and/or academic interest in Physical Education. You should have a real desire to develop your theoretical knowledge of the subject and a willingness to develop practically both in terms of performance and analysis

Key Points

  • The specification demands that you are theoretically aware as well as practically competent
  • You will need to take responsibility for developing your practical performance over a period of time
  • You will have opportunities to develop your independent learning through research tasks
  • Students can be truly engaged in their studies by becoming active investigators rather than passive learners both in  terms of the practical and theoretical content
  • Students will develop knowledge and understanding of factors that enable them and others to be physically active.
  • There are three discrete areas of theoretical study. You will need to be broad in your approach.

Course content

AS LEVEL

Unit 1:  An introduction to Physical Education

Anatomy and Physiology (Section A)

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

Acquiring Movement Skills (Section B)

  • 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

Socio-Cultural Studies relating to participation in physical activity (Section C)

  • Physical activity
  • Sport and culture
  • Contemporary sporting issues

Assessment: 

60% of total AS Marks. 2 hour written paper

Maximum Marks available:

90

Information regarding Assessment:

Externally set and assessed. This question paper has three sections with one question in each section from each of the above areas.

Unit 2: Acquiring, developing and evaluating practical skills in Physical Education

(This is the practical element)

  • Performance
  • Evaluating and planning for the improvement of performance

Assessment:

40 % of Total AS Marks

Maximum Marks available:

80

Information regarding Assessment:

Externally set, internally assessed and externally moderated. Candidates are assessed intwo chosen activities from two different activity profiles and in a response to a live performance.

 

Unit 3:  Principles and concepts acrossdifferent areas of Physical Education

Section A: Socio-Cultural Options

Historical Studies (Option A1)

  • Popular recreation in pre-industrial Britain
  • Rational recreation in post-industrial Britain
  • 19th-century public schools and their impact on the development of physical activities and young people
  • The developmental stages of athleticism in 19th Century public schools
  • Case Studies
  • Drill, physical training and Physical Education in state schools

Section B: Scientific Options

Sports Psychology (Option B1)

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

Exercise and Sport Physiology (Option B3)

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

Assessment:

35% of A2 paper, One 2 ½ hour written paper exam

Maximum Marks available: 105

Information regarding Assessment:

Externally set and assessed.

Candidates answer three Questions, one from each of the sections above

 

Unit 4:  The improvement of effective performance and the critical evaluation of practical activities in Physical Education

Assessment:

15% of A2 marks

Maximum Marks available60

Information regarding Assessment:

Externally set, internally assessed and externally moderated.

Candidates are assessed in one chosen activity and in a response to a live performance.

Entry requirements

GCSE PE Grade B

GCSE APS of 40

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact S. Peter's Collegiate School - A CofE Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 December 2014
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Key information

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

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