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Physical Education A'Level at Newstead Wood School

Course description

A Level Physical Education (OCR)

Studying AS or A Level Physical Education will give you an insight into the amazing world of sports performance. You will have the opportunity to perform or coach sport through the non-exam assessment component whilst developing extensive knowledge into the ‘how and why’ of physical activity and sport.

The combination of physical performance and academic challenge provides an exciting opportunity for students. You can perform, and then through the academic study, gain the knowledge to improve yours and others’ performance through application of the theory.

The AS and A Level in Physical Education are studied though a range of different contexts and the impact it has on both ours and others’ everyday lives becomes clear. You will learn the reasons why we do things, why some people outperform others – mentally and physically. You will also delve into the ethical considerations behind the use of drugs and also the influence that modern technology is having on physical activity and sport.

Course content

Component 1: Physiological Factors Affecting Performance

This group of topics focuses on key systems of the human body involved in movement and physical activity.

Component 2: Psychological Factors Affecting Performance

This component focuses on the psychological factors affecting physical activities and sports, including: models and theories that affect learning and performance

Component 3: Socio-cultural and Contemporary Issues

This component focuses on the sociological and contemporary factors that influence and affect physical activity and sport for both the audience and the performer and how sport affects society.

Component 4: Performance within Physical Education

Part 1: Performance/coaching of a sport or activity from the approved DfE list. Part 2: The Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement (EAPI) of a sport or activity from the approved DfE list.

Entry requirements

To be accepted onto this course, students need GCSE A or above in Physical Education, a strong commitment to extra-curricular activities offered by the PE Department is desirable and students should be representing school teams in at least one sport. It is highly recommended that external clubs are attended in addition to this.

Assessment

AS Modules

Component 01: Physiological factors affecting performance.

  • 1.1 Applied anatomy and physiology
  • 1.2 Exercise physiology
  • 1.3 Biomechanics, including technology in sport

Component 02: Psychological and sociocultural themes in physical education

  • 2.1 Skill acquisition
  • 2.2 Sports psychology
  • 2.3 Sport and society

Component 03: Performance in physical education (NEA)

  • 4.1 Performance or coaching of an activity taken from the approved lists*
  • 4.2 Evaluation of Performance for improvement (EPI)

 

Assessment Overview

Physiological factors affecting performance (01), 70 marks, 1 hour 15 minute written paper, 35% of total AS level

Psychological and socio-cultural themes in physical education (02), 70 marks, 1 hour and 15 minute written paper, 35% of total AS level

Performance in physical education (03), 60 marks, Non-exam assessment (NEA)

 

A Level Modules

Component 01: Physiological factors affecting performance.

  • 1.1 Applied anatomy and physiology
  • 1.2 Exercise physiology
  • 1.3 Biomechanics

Component 02: Psychological factors affecting performance.

  • 2.1 Skill acquisition
  • 2.2 Sports psychology

Component 03: Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport

  • 3.1 Sport and Society
  • 3.2 Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport

Component 04: Performance in physical education (NEA)

  • 4.1 Performance or coaching of an activity taken from the approved lists*
  • 4.2 The evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement (EAPI)

 

Assessment Overview

Physiological factors affecting performance (01), 90 marks, 2 hour written paper, 30% of total A level

Psychological and socio-cultural themes in physical education (02), 60 marks, 1 hour written paper, 20% of total A Level

Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport (03), 60 marks, 1 hour written paper, 20% of total A level

Performance in physical education (04), 60 marks, Non-exam assessment (NEA), 30% of total A level

Future opportunities

Physical Education is now widely accepted as an entry qualification for most subjects at university and is particularly useful for psychology, physiotherapy, teaching, recreational management, sports science and the leisure industry. Sport, nutrition and health are huge topics of discussion in the world today, and as the fight against obesity and sedentary lifestyle issues continues, the knowledge you gain from A-Level PE will only grow in importance and relevance.

A level PE is tailored towards the individual students and their own chosen sports. The PE department work on a one to one basis with students to enhance their practical and theoretical skills. Specific courses and field trips take place catering towards each student’s individual needs and are planned once their personal sports have been identified, for example if a pupil is being assessed in tennis, a trip to Wimbledon could be organised

Students also have the opportunity to represent their house as a Sports Captain, performers in a range of sports and teams, and lead sports activities in the CSLA Level 2

Further information

The course is supported by a main textbook for all the modules plus specialist books and materials in the library for wider reading and research by the students. Experiments, investigations and practical situations are used to understand concepts and principles in the theoretical areas. Accessing internet websites and analysing media articles can also be used to expand understanding. The video camera is also used to assist in the analysis of performance in the practical activities.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 November 2016
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