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Physical Education A level at Harris Academy Merton

Course description

Year 12 

Unit 1: Application of Physiological and Psychological Knowledge

The first unit, Application of Physiological and Psychological Knowledge, aims to improve performance as well as developing knowledge on contemporary issues surrounding physical activity.  This unit helps to build a greater understanding of the structure of the human body and how it responds during the performance of a variety of physical activities.

Unit 2: Performance and its Improvement through Critical Analysis

The second unit is Performance and its Improvement through Critical Analysis.  This unit focuses on the acquisition and development of physical skills and then how skills need to be practiced in order to be performed as specific movements or activities, which are then repeated consistently with precision.

Year 13 

Unit 3: Sports Psychology, Exercise Physiology and Comparative Studies

The first studied at A2 is Sports Psychology, Exercise Physiology and Comparative Studies.  In Comparative Studies, we build upon the contemporary studies unit and study various types of culture to establish relationships between physical education and culture in the USA, Australia and the UK.  In Sports Psychology we investigate the important role that the human mind has prior to, during, and after the performance.  This Exercise Physiology unit looks at how the structure and function of the body changes as a result of exercise.

Unit 4: Improvement of Effective Performance and Critical Evaluation of Practical Activities

The final unit is the Improvement of Effective Performance and Critical Evaluation of Practical Activities with synoptic assessment.  In this unit, student skills are developed and then assessed in performance situations which require a wide range of acquired and developed skills to be performed with unconscious fluency, and adapted easily to varying conditions and circumstances.  The synoptic element requires students to draw upon all theoretical disciplines studies across the two years to form relevant links.

Entry requirements

Standard Sixth Form Entry Requirements:

  • To study 4 A levels: must have average GCSE points score of 52+
  • To study 3 A levels: must have 7 A* - C grades in full course GCSE subjects
  • To study 3 A levels/vocational combination: must have 5 A* - C/9 - 4 grades at GCSE or Merit or above in Vocational subjects
  • To study vocational level 3 subjects: 5 A* - C/9 - 4 grades at GCSE or equivalent, with at least a merit/C/4 grade in a relevant vocational qualification or GCSE
  • Extended writing A level subject students will need a combination of at least grades 4 and 5 in English Language and English Literature

Subject specific requirements:

Students require a grade B or above in Physical Education, English and Biology GCSE. 

Successful completion of AS Physical Education with a grade D or above is necessary to carry on to Year 13 Physical Education.

Assessment

Assessment is by a mixture of written examinations and practical and oral coursework.

During the AS course you will complete two written examinations, submit one piece of orally based coursework and undertake two practical activities.

For the A2 course, two further examinations will be completed, two practical activities will be assessed and the spoken response to the observation of a live performance of one of their two practical activities will be assessed.

Future opportunities

An A Level qualification is becoming an essential prerequisite for specialist study in Physical Education and Sports Studies in Higher Education.  The qualification provides an excellent foundation for students intending to pursue careers in Teaching and Coaching, Sports Development, Physiotherapy, the Leisure Industry, Recreational Management, the Health and Fitness Industry and Professional Sport.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harris Academy Merton directly.

Last updated date: 09 December 2016
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