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Physical Education AQA A Level 'Fees payable' at Hethersett Old Hall School

Course description

If you are keen on PE and good at sports, A Level PE is a good option. The course gives you opportunities to experience activities from across different activity profiles in the roles of performer or coach. It also:

  • offers a rounded integrated course of study providing opportunity for individual development and improvement.
  • helps you develop analytical and study skills which will enable you to progress to higher education.
  • provides opportunities for a broad range of study within areas of applied anatomy and physiology, skill acquisition, sports psychology, sport and society and technology in sport.

Course content

What and how will I study?

There are three components to the course. Components 1 and 2 form the theory section of the course and each equates to 35% of the A Level. Component 3, the practical assessment, forms the remaining 30% of the A Level.

Component 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport

  • 2-hour paper
  • 105 marks (35%)
  • Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Section B: Skill acquisition and sports psychology
  • Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport

Component 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport

  • 2-hour paper
  • 105 marks (35%)
  • Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics
  • Section B: Sport psychology
  • Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport

Component 3: NEA (non-exam assessment)

  • 30% of the course
  • One practical assessment in the role of the performer or coach (45 marks)
  • Analysis and evaluation task (45 marks)

Entry requirements

This course provides continuity with the GCSE syllabuses in its approach to the assessment of physical education. It is recommended that candidates have obtained a B grade or above in GCSE PE.

Financial information

ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.  

Future opportunities

Apart from improving your individual sports performance, this course is an excellent preparation for degree-level study within sports science, physiotherapy, leisure and sports studies, teaching, sports marketing, dance and medicine or health-related studies. It also combines well with other subjects, whatever your ultimate goals.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hethersett Old Hall School directly.

Last updated date: 06 October 2016
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      The Sixth Form represents an important period of transition: from a broad GCSE curriculum to the narrower A Level one, from school to university and from childhood to adulthood. Our aim is to make these transitions as smooth as possible by equipping girls with the relevant study and life skills to navigate through the changes they will face in a rapidly-changing society.

      In academic terms, our small, single-sex classes play a huge part in this. The staff-pupil relationship is enhanced by a university-style tutor-student relationship and rapport is noticeably strong as a result. Your daughter will be challenged to excel and able to progress at a pace that suits her natural learning style.

      At the start of Year 13, the UCAS university application process begins in earnest. Sixth Form tutors are knowledgeable and experienced in the university application process and will explore career options with your daughter on a one to one basis. Tutors’ detailed knowledge of their tutees means that girls receive meaningful advice on developing a strong personal statement for UCAS applications. Former pupils have been offered places on a diverse range of courses at top universities including medicine at Oxford and scholarships to the London School of Fashion; the main benefit, however, is that every sixth former will be guided in choosing the right courses for her interests and ability.

      In preparation for university and adulthood, your daughter will be able to enjoy a greater sense of independence and responsibility afforded in part by separate Sixth Form facilities. These include a spacious common room and kitchen, a study room, careers library and separate boarding areas. Sixth formers are expected to lead by example and play a role in wider school life, be that mentoring younger pupils or organising charity and house events. In return, our Sixth Form enrichment programme enables them to experience activities ranging from very practical car mechanics workshops to more creative synchronised swimming sessions in the school pool!

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