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Physical Education A Level at Thurston Community College

Course description

The A Level in Physical Education consists of two externally-examined papers and two nonexamined assessments.

A Level PE

Component 1: Scientific Principles of Physical Education
- Topic 1: Applied anatomy and physiology
- Topic 2: Exercise physiology and applied movement analysis

Component 2: Psychological and Social Principles of Physical Education
- Topic 3: Skill acquisition
- Topic 4: Sport psychology
- Topic 5: Sport and society

Component 3: Practical Performance
- Skills performed in one physical activity as a player/performer OR
- Skills performed in one physical activity as a coach

Component 4: Performance Analysis and Performance Development Programme
- Topic 1: Applied anatomy and physiology
- Topic 2: Exercise physiology and applied movement analysis
- Topic 3: Skill acquisition
- Topic 4: Sport psychology

The aims of the course are to enable students to:
- Develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance
- Understand how physiological and psychological states affect performance
- Understand the key socio-cultural factors that influence people’s involvement in physical activity and sport
- Understand the role of technology in physical activity and sport
- Refine their ability to perform effectively in physical activity and sport by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas
- Develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance
- Understand the contribution which physical activity makes to health and fitness
- Improve as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with curious and enquiring minds.

Entry requirements

Entry GCSE: B in PE or Science or 5 in English Language

Essential: Candidate must be an active and regular performer who is training and competing regularly in a recognised sport outside of school.

Assessment

Component 1: Scientific Principles of Physical Education: Written examination: 2 hours and 30 minutes; 40% of the qualification - 140 marks
Component 2: Psychological and Social Principles of Physical Education: Written examination: 2 hours; 30% of the qualification - 100 marks
Component 3: Practical Performance: Non-examined assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated; 15% of the qualification - 40 marks
Component 4: Performance Analysis and Performance Development Programme: Non-examined assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated; 15% of the qualification - 40 marks

Future opportunities

A number of career pathways including: PE teaching, physiotherapy, sports coaching, sports management, sports science, sports development, fitness training, sports psychology etc.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thurston Community College directly.

Last updated date: 29 March 2017
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