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Physical Education at Notre Dame High School

Course description

Are you ...

passionate about sport?

driven to find out how you can improve your performance?

interested in how our bodies push themselves to their physical peak?

keen to understand what gives Olympic champions the psychological edge over their competitors?

intrigued by why nearly one billion people would watch a single sporting event?

If the answer is yes, then Physical Education is the subject for you. The course is extremely diverse, it allows you to explore and enhance your own sporting ability, but also bridges the academic divide between the arts and sciences.

What does the course consist of?

The course follows the AQA examining board PE specification and is focused on relating theory to sport and its impact on performance. There are four distinct sections of the syllabus:

(AS) Unit 1 –Opportunities for, and the effects, of leading a healthy and active lifestyle (THEORY) in which you will develop your knowledge and understanding of exercise physiology, analysis of movement, skill acquisition and opportunities for participation. Exam 2hrs 60% of AS, 30% of A level

(AS) Unit 2 – Analysis and evaluation of physical activity as performer and/or in an adopted role/s. (PRACTICAL) you will be applying the knowledge gained in unit 1 into practical situations. You will be assessed on this knowledge through the unit 1 written paper and will be given a practical scenario to discuss. The coursework involves a practical assessment in two activities one or two of the following roles; performer/official/coach.

40% of AS, 20% of A level

(A2) Unit 3 –Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within sport

(THEORY) in which you will develop your knowledge and understanding of how physiological and psychological factors optimise performance, as well as evaluating contemporary influences in sport.

Exam 2hrs 30% of A level

(A2) Unit 4 – Optimising practical performance in a competitive situation (PRACTICAL) Section A: involves a practical assessment in one activity in one of the following roles; performer/official/coach. Section B assesses you on your ability to analyse and critically evaluate your own performance. Oral discussion. Section C you will be required to critically evaluate the factors affecting your performance and suggests strategies to optimise performance. Oral discussion

40% of AS, 20% of A level

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Notre Dame High School directly.

Last updated date: 02 July 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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