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Physical Education Advanced Level at Budehaven Community School

Course description

Course Aims:

  • Develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance
  • Understand how physiological and psychological states affect performance
  • Understand the key socio-cultural factors that influence people’s involvement in physical activity and sport
  • Understand the role of technology in physical activity and sport
  • Refine their ability to perform effectively in physical activity and sport by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas
  • Develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance
  • Understand the contribution which physical activity makes to health and fitness
  • Improve as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with curious and enquiring minds.

Course content

Component 01: Physiological factors affecting performance 30% of total A Level

• Applied anatomy and physiology

• Exercise physiology

• Biomechanics

Component 02: Psychological factors affecting performance 20% of total A Level 

• Skill acquisition

• Sports psychology

Component 03: Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport – 20% of total A Level 

• Sport and society

• Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport

Component 04: Performance in physical education 30% of total A Level

• Performance or Coaching

• Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement (EAPI)

The content has been designed to allow learners to study Physical Education (PE) in an academic setting, enabling them to critically analyse and evaluate their physical performance and apply their experience of practical activity in developing their knowledge and understanding of the subject. The examined components will provide the knowledge and understanding which underpin the non-exam assessment (NEA). The NEA within this specification allows learners to explore an activity in detail as a performer or coach, chosen from a wide variety of sporting activities. Learners will also analyse and evaluate performance in a chosen activity as part of their NEA.

Entry requirements

If GCSE PE has been taken, at least a B grade is required; with a minimum of a D in the theory element. A C grade in science must all have been attained. One sport must be played/ coached at club level or higher. This sport must be on the approved activity list as specified on the OCR website.

Assessment

Component 01: Physiological factors affecting performance 30% of total A Level

90 marks 2 hour written paper

Component 02: Psychological factors affecting performance 20% of total A Level

60 marks 1 hour written paper 

Component 03: Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport – 20% of total A Level

60 marks 1 hour written paper

Component 04: Performance in physical education 30% of total A Level

60 marks Non-exam assessment (NEA)

 

Future opportunities

Physical Education Teacher, Sports/Recreational Manger, Coach, Personal Trainer, Nurse, Physiotherapist, Sports Journalist, Sports Psychologist, Nutritionist, Physical Training Instructor in the Armed Forces/Prison Service/Police.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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