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Physical Education A level at Francis Combe Academy

Course description

Students who have an active interest in PE and Sport are suitable for this course.

Students who are considering a profession in the Sports industry, which can vary from Sports coach, Sports scientist and Personal fitness trainer to Journalism, Engineering and Nutrition. 

Course content

The course Is split Into 7 main units which are taught over the two yeor course 

  1. Applied anatomy and physiology
  2. Skill acquisition
  3. Sport and society
  4. Exercise physiology
  5. Biomechanical movement
  6. Sport psychology 
  7. Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport 

Entry requirements

General entry requirement for a 2 year programme of 3 or 4 A levels including the facilitating subjects, is a mostly A*/B profile at GCSE, including 5 A* - C grades, including grade 5 maths and English.

General entry requirement for a 2 year programme of 3 A levels, or a combination of A levels and vocational qualifications, is a mostly B/C profile at GCSE including 5 A* - C grades, including grade 4 English.

Assessment

Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport 

Written exam: 2 hours; 105 marks; 35% of A-level 

  • Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology
    • multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)
  • Section B: Skill acquisition
    • multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)
  • Section C: Sport and society 
    • multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks) 


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

Written exam: 2 hours; 105 marks; 35% of A-level 

  • Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics
    • multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)
  • Section B: Sport psychology
    • multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)
  • Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport 
    • multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)


Non-exam assessment: Practical performance In physical activity and sport 

Internal assessment, external moderation; 90 marks; 30% of A-level 

  • Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity.
  • written/verbal analysis of performance. 

Future opportunities

Students can progress through different avenues 

Degree level:

  • Teaching in Physical Education
  • Sports Engineering
  • Sports Technology
  • Sports Science
  • Sports Management
  • Physiotherapy
  • Sports development 

Professional qualifications:

  • Personal Training
  • Sports therapy
  • Sports Massage
  • Coaching qualifications in specific sports 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Francis Combe Academy directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2017
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