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Physical Education A Level at Beths Grammar School

Course description

You will learn to analyse and discuss key issues in sport such as the ever increasing importance of media in sport and the issues such as drug use and deviance that occur as a result of the need to win at all costs. You will also develop your knowledge of anatomy and physiology and how the body works during exercise exploring the importance of training and ergogenic aids. Finally we will look at the psychology of sport and what it is that make us who we are in sport. Top sports psychologists will tell you that it is in the mind that all sports are won and lost.

Course content

The A Level is divided into four components. Each component is further sub divided into topic areas.

Component 1: Physiological factors affecting performance.

This includes;
Applied anatomy and physiology and how the body performs during exercise. Exercise physiology where we explore the adaptations to the body that occur as a result of training and Biomechanics and the ability to apply this to their chosen sport.

Component 2: Psychological factors affecting performance.

This includes:
Skill acquisition and the study of how we learn new motor programmes.
Sports psychology, where you will also look at the factors that affect performance, from our personality to what makes us aggressive.

Component 3: Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport.

This includes:
Sport and Society and the Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport, looking at the origins of sport and the factors that have driven the changing nature of sport in the modern day.

Component 4: Performance in physical education

This includes:
Performance or coaching of an activity. Candidates can choose from a wide range of activities and have the option of performing or coaching in their chosen role.
The Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement (EAPI). This is assessed through an oral presentation where candidates will need to demonstrate the ability to apply the theoretical aspects of the course through the observation of a practical situation. This synoptic element to the assessment of A Level Physical Education will be assessed in each component.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 at GCSE in Physical Education or in Biology, Sociology or Psychology.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 February 2018
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