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Physical Education A-Level at Deanery High School and Sixth Form College

Course description

The new AQA AS and A-level Physical Education qualifications allow students to play to their strengths and gain dynamic theoretical and practical skills for further education or work. AQA has worked with teachers, higher education, the Youth Sport Trust and other subject experts to design our specifications. There has been some changes of the content, yet you’ll see we’ve refreshed a number of topics to reflect contemporary changes.

Course content

AS 3.1.1 Applied anatomy and physiology.

Students should develop knowledge and understanding of the changes within the body systems prior to exercise, during exercise of differing intensities and during recovery. Students should be able to interpret data and graphs relating to changes within the musculo-skeletal, cardio-respiratory and neuro-muscular systems and the use of energy systems during different types of physical activity and sport, and the recovery process.

3.1.2 Skill acquisition

This section focuses on how skill is acquired and the impact of psychological factors on performance. Students should develop knowledge and understanding of the principles required to optimise learning of new, and the development of existing, skills in a range of physical activities. Students should be able to understand and interpret graphical representations associated with skill acquisition theories.

3.1.3 Sport and society

Students should develop knowledge and understanding of the interaction between, and the evolution of, sport and society. Students should be able to understand, interpret and analyse data and graphs relating to participation in physical activity and sport.

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3.2.1 Exercise physiology

Students should understand the adaptations to the body systems through training or lifestyle, and how these changes affect the efficiency of those systems.

3.2.2 Biomechanical movement

Students should develop knowledge and understanding of motion and forces, and their relevance to performance in physical activity and sport. Students should have a knowledge and use of biomechanical definitions, equations, formulae and units of measurement and demonstrate the ability to plot, label and interpret biomechanical graphs and diagrams.

3.2.3 Sport psychology

In this section students will develop knowledge and understanding of the role of sport psychology in optimising performance in physical activity and sport. Students should be able to understand and interpret graphical representations associated with sport psychology theories.

3.2.4 Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport

Students should develop knowledge and understanding of the interaction between, and the evolution of, sport and society and the technological developments in physical activity and sport.

Non-exam assessment (NEA): Practical performance in physical activity and sport

The non-exam assessment (NEA) aspect of the qualification requires students to develop their ability and aptitude in physical activity, demonstrating appropriate skills and techniques.There are two aspects to the NEA:

1 performance assessment (practical performance)

2 performance analysis assessment (analysis and evaluation).

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grade C or above (including English language) plus B in GCSE Physical Education

Assessment

Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport  - Written exam: 2 hours  105 marks  35 % of A-level

Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport - Written exam: 2 hours 105 marks  35 % of A-level

Non-exam assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport Internal assessment, external moderation  90 marks •30 % of A-level Performance assessment (practical performance)

Students are required to be assessed in one activity in the role of player/performer or coach.. Students are required to be assessed in the full context of their chosen activity and role. They will be assessed in three areas of assessment. Students will be assessed for all of the activities in the following skills:

Area of assessment 1: Technical quality – aspect 1 (15 marks).

Area of assessment 2: Technical quality – aspect 2 (15 marks).

Area of assessment 3: Application of strategic/tactical awareness (15 marks).

Future opportunities

The subjects you learn about will be invaluable at a personal level and will help you improve your sporting performance no matter what your standard. This A Level also opens up a whole number of career options including Sports Psychology, Physiotherapy, Sport Science, Leisure Industry, Sports Journalism, Sports Management, Fitness Trainer, Sports Coaching, Sports Events Coordinator, teaching and many more.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 04 January 2017
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