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Physical Education A Level at Caldew School

Course description

This brand new specification for first teaching in September 2016 is designed to enable students to receive a well rounded and full introduction to the world of PE, Sport and Sport Science. This is especially important for students who want to move on to higher education courses in sport, go into full time employment or undertake further training. Students are expected to develop a wide ranging set of skills including communication using appropriate language, dealing with pressure, split second decision making, interpreting and analyzing data as well as analyzing and evaluating performance so improvements can be made. Students who undertake the course will also be given free access to the mypeexam.org learning platform and are expected to complete around 3 hours of self study per week using this learning platform

Course content

AS Outline Students study two modules with 70% of the final AS marks coming from two exam papers undertaken at the end of year 12. One component of the theory work is physiological factors that affect performance and students focus on Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics. Another component of this module is psychological factors that affect performance and this includes topics on skill acquisition, sports psychology and sport and society. 30% of the AS course is practically assessed and students are expected to demonstrate effective performance in either one sport or in the role of a coach. They must also complete an oral response to live performance, this requires them to observe a performance and then comment on the strengths, weaknesses, area for development, action plan and evaluation of that performance while bringing in theory areas for physiology and psychology.

A2 Outline Students that choose to continue the course into A2 study different topics in the same areas identified in the AS course outline, they start to look at areas in more detail and are expected to demonstrate higher order skills such as data analysis and interpretation. They are still only assessed in one sport or as a coach.

Entry requirements

Students should have 5 grades C’s or above at GCSE, one of which should include a science subject. Students that have studies GCSE PE should have achieved a grade C or above. Students should also be training and performing regularly in their chosen sport. Students that have not studied GCSE PE will be considered on a individual basis.

Assessment

AS Level

Area 1 - 1 hour 15 minutes, 35%.

  • Physiological Factors that affect performance (A and P, Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics).
  • Section A: 3x20 mark questions. The 20 marks are questions broken down.
  • Section B: One 10 mark essay (synoptic).

Area 2 - 1 hour 15 minutes, 35%.

  • Psychological Factors that affect performance and socio cultural themes in PE (Skill acquisition, Sports Psychology and sport and society).
  • Section A: 3x20 mark questions. The 20 marks are questions broken down.
  • Section B: One 10 mark essay (synoptic).

Area 3 - NEA, 30%.

  • Performance within Physical Education.
  • Performance or coaching practical.
  • EAPI Speech.

A Level

Area 1 - 2 hours, 30%.

  • Physiological Factors that affect performance (A and P, Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics).
  • Section A: 10 mark short answer questions.
  • Section B: 3x20 mark questions broken down.
  • Section C: 1x20 mark extended response (synoptic essay).

Area 2 - 1 hour, 20%.

  • Psychological Factors that affect performance and socio cultural themes in PE (Skill acquisition, Sports Psychology and sport and society).
  • Section A: 10 mark short answer questions on any topic.
  • Section B: 2x20 mark questions broken down.
  • Section C: 1x20 mark extended response (synoptic essay).

Area 3 - 1 hour, 20%.

  • Socio Cultural factors that affect performance.
  • Section A: 10 mark short answer questions on any topic.
  • Section B: 2x20 mark questions broken down.
  • Section C: 1x10 mark extended response (synoptic essay).

Area 4 - NEA, 30%.

  • Performance within Physical Education (Performance or coaching and EAPI (Speech).

Future opportunities

Physical Education students can progress to Higher Education. Courses followed may include; Sports Science, Teaching, Physiotherapy, Leisure and Recreation and Nursing along with many others.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

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

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