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AS and A2 Physical Education at The Catholic High School, Chester A Specialist Science College

Course description

AS - Unit 1: Theory (60% of AS course). Assessed through a final exam.
- The anatomy & physiological aspects of performance
- Acquisition of skills and the impact of psychological factors on performance
- Contemporary Issues in Sport & Physical Education
AS - Unit 2: Practical (40% of AS course). Assessed through observation / interview and internal (PE
Department) and external moderation (exam board). Also one question on the final exam paper.
- Students have to perform, analyse and evaluate the execution of core skills/techniques in isolation
or a structured practice as either: a player/performer, coach, referee, leader or judge.
- 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 - Unit 3: Theory (60% of A2 course). Assessed through a final exam.
- Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within sport.
- Physiological factors: Energy sources and systems.
- Psychological theories and their application.
A2 - Unit 4: Practical (40% A2 Course). Assessed through observation / interview and internal (PE De-
partment) and external moderation (exam board). Also one question on the final exam paper.
- Optimising practical performance in a competitive situation.
- Students are assessed on their ability to perform, analyse and evaluate their own performance of
the core skills/techniques in a competitive situation as a player, coach, referee, judge or leader.
- They have to identify weaknesses; suggest the causes of their weaknesses and appropriate correc
tive measures.
Is there anything else I need to know about the course?
Students who are wishing to enrol upon the AS/A2 Physical Education course MUST be regularly partic-
ipating in some form of physical activity or sport. Students will be expected to complete homework up-
on a regular basis (3-4 hours per week) and support the PE department at extra-curricular sport with
pupils in Years 7-11. At A2 students must produce a piece of written coursework.

Entry requirements

Your GCSE results are very important. Not only do you need good results to come into Sixth Form, they
are also the first thing that an employer or University Admissions Tutor will look at on your application
form.
We expect applicants to Sixth Form intending to study Advanced courses to have a minimum of 5
grades A*-C on their GCSE certificate. You should be aiming for high grades in those subjects you are
choosing at AS level, with Grade B or above. If you did not have the opportunity to study this subject
previously, the teacher will look at your performance in related subjects.
If your certificate is mostly As and Bs you will cope very well with 4 AS levels leading to 3 A2 levels. If it
is mostly Cs you must think carefully: it would be better to do 3.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Catholic High School, Chester A Specialist Science College directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2014

Key information

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

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