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Physical Education at Charnwood College

Course description

Why should you consider taking this course?

This is a challenging and enjoyable course. You will learn the skills of a coach and official and also have the chance to be assessed as a performer in your chosen sport. You will learn how the body is able to produce sporting actions and understand how this can be optimised using psychological, physiological and biomechanical techniques. You will also be required to study the sociological barriers that limit individual participation and learn how these are being challenged. Although you do not have to excel in sport yourself, it is essential that you are enthusiastic about sport.

Course content

What is covered at AS?
Unit 1:
Section A: You will study the physiological benefits of adopting a healthy lifestyle, the short term effect of exercise/performance and the long term effects of training. You will analyse movement across a range of sporting actions.
Section B: You will study how we learn skills and the impact of psychological factors on performance.
Section C: The sociological element of this unit will require you to explore the opportunities that exist for physical activity, the benefits to the individual and society and the potential barriers faced by minority groups.
Unit 2:
This unit will require you to demonstrate skills/techniques and understanding in two different roles. The two roles must be chosen from Performer, Coach and Official.

What is covered at A2?
Unit 3:
Section A: you will study how physiological and biomechanical factors can optimise performance.
Section B: examines how the application of psychological theories and techniques can optimise performance.
Section C: you will study the characteristics of World Games and their impact. You will also examine how the development of sports technology has impacted on performers, equipment and facilities.
Unit 4:
This unit will require you to demonstrate skills/techniques and understanding in two different roles. The two roles must be chosen from Performer, Coach and Official. You will analyse your own performance and apply theoretical knowledge to achieve effective performance.

Entry requirements

At least a Merit in BTEC Sport or Grade B at GCSE.

Assessment

How will you be assessed?

Unit 1: 2 hour exam (60%)

Unit 2: Internal Assessment of performance in two roles: official, coach or performer (40%)

Unit 3: 2 hour exam (60%)

Unit 4: Internal Assessment of performance and evaluation of one role - coach or performer (40%)

Future opportunities

What careers could this course help prepare you for?


This AS or A-Level is a valid entry requirement for other careers, courses and university. The range of topics and assessment covered in the course means that it is enjoyable for anyone interested in sport yet it remains a challenging academic subject. It is particularly relevant for anyone interested in a career in sport e.g. Teaching, Coaching, Sports Management, sports development, physiotherapy, sports psychology.

Further information

For further information contact: Mr Strange or Mr Cox

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Charnwood College directly.

Last updated date: 05 December 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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