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Physical Education AQA AS and A Level at Larkmead School

Course description

This is a subject which is now a reformed A level which means that the result of the AS exams does not contribute to the overall A level mark and grade. If a student leaves the course after AS then this new type of AS is worth 40% of the UCAS points of the full A level for University entry in 2017 and beyond. If a student completes the two year A level course then it is only assessment at the end of the second year that counts towards the full A level grade.

Course content

AS (1 Year course)

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Skill acquisition
  • Sport and society
  • Biomechanical movement
  • Sport psychology
  • Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport

Non Exam assessment Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity, plus written/verbal analysis of performance.

A2 (2 Year course)

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Skill acquisition
  • Sport and society
  • Exercise physiology
  • Biomechanical movement
  • Sport psychology
  • Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport

Non exam assessment Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity, plus written/verbal analysis of performance. 

 

How you will learn (investigations, course work etc.):

  • Topics are taught in class and practical situations. There are trips to outdoor education centres and University Physiology labs to gain first-hand experience of the theory covered.
  • Students are expected to be able to work independently at home and keep up to date with sporting issues via the media.
  • Students must participate outside of school in their non exam assessment (practical work) over the full period of their course.

 

Skills you will need:

  • Self-motivation
  • Interest in the theoretical side of sport
  • Independent learning and self-organisation
  • Problem solving
  • Reviewing and modifying
  • Critical analysis
  • Be able to coach or perform to a high level

 

 

Entry requirements

  • To study AS/A Levels you will normally need: A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above.

Due to the heavy theoretical content of the course students are recommended to have achieved a B grade or higher in the theory paper at GCSE. To be successful on this course you must be involved with an outside club as a coach or performer in an activity in accordance with the AQA specification. (see aqa website ).

Assessment

AS

Paper 1 (70% of AS)

What's assessed:

  • Section A: Applied physiology
  • Section B: Skill acquisition and sports psychology
  • Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport

How it's assessed:

  • Written exam: 2 hours

Questions:

  • Section A, B and C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (28 marks each)

Non Exam assessment (30% of AS)

What's assessed:

  • Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity. Plus: written/verbal analysis of performance.

How it's assessed:

  • Internal assessment, external moderation

A2

Paper 1 (35% of A-level)

What's assessed:

  • Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Section B: Skill acquisition Section C: Sport and society

How it's assessed:

  • Written exam: 2 hours

Questions:

  • Section A, B and C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks each)

Paper 2 (35% of A-level)  As above, except assessment covers: 

  • Section A: Excercise physiology and biomechanics
  • Section B: Sport psychology
  • Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport

Non Exam assessment (30% of A-level)

What's assessed:

  • Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity.
  • Plus: written/verbal analysis of performance.

How it's assessed:

  • Internal assessment, external moderation

 

 

Future opportunities

  • Apprenticeship/university
  • Sports Coaching
  • Sports and exercise science
  • Strength and conditioning and personal trainer
  • Sports rehabilitation
  • Physical Education Teacher

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Larkmead School directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

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    • Larkmead School is part of the Abingdon 14-19 consortium. As we are part of a consortium, students have the opportunity to select a range of A-level subjects spread across the three Abingdon secondary schools. Each subject is taught by experienced staff with excellent results.

       

      In addition to academic study, Larkmead sixth form students engage in a Personal development curriculum as well as sessions based on study skills, culture and careers advice. Every student is offered individual advice and guidance about the next phase of their education whether that be university, apprenticeships or paid employment.

       

      During study periods, students are expected to study in either the designated sixth form area in the Learning Resource Centre or allocated study rooms. Between lessons, students can relax in the sixth-form common room which boasts a range of facilities.

       

      There is a well-structured enrolment and induction process for students wishing to join the sixth form, starting with a Consortium 16-19 Information Evening as well as a meeting for prospective students in November, followed by a meeting for prospective parents in March, and an induction day in the summer after the GCSE exams are finished. Once students have received their exam results in August, there are a number of enrolment clinic sessions to help students choose their courses and followed by a brief induction period before lessons commence.