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A Level Sport and Physical Education at St Bartholomew's School

Course description

The course aims for candidates to understand the principles underlying sport and physical education. Areas studied will include historical and cultural aspects, psychology, anatomy, biomechanics, physiology and skill acquisition. These principles will be applied during both theoretical and practical work. The ability to analyse as well as perform practically, will also be important. The ability to be able to perform, coach or officiate two sports to a high level is essential. Students should be regularly playing sport at club level or higher.


Unit 1: Opportunities for and the effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle - 60% of AS, 30% of A Level - 2 hour written exam

Unit 2: Analysis and evaluation of physical activity as performer and/or in an adopted role(s) - 40% of AS, 20% of A Level - Internally assessed, external moderation - Candidates perform, analyse and evaluate execution of core skills/techniques in isolation and in structured practices as a player/performer, a coach, an official, (students pick two from the three areas).

Unit 3: Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within sport - 30% of A Level - 2 hour written exam - Section A – Physiology - Section B – Psychology - Section C – Contemporary

Unit 4: Optimising practical performance in a competitive situation - 20% of A Level - Internal assessment, external moderation - Perform, analyse and evaluate their performance, identify weaknesses, suggest causes and identify appropriate corrective measures.

Financial information

Students will require appropriate kit and we suggest that students purchase the recommended text book.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Bartholomew's School directly.

Last updated date: 02 June 2015

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