Sport and Physical Education at Watford Grammar School for Girls
Awarding Body: AQA
The AQA specifications take a multi-disciplinary approach, encouraging the development of different methods of enquiry drawn from a wide range of disciplines, with the focal point being the performer and the performance. The specifications are based on the interaction between the theory and practice of Physical Education. At AS candidates will acquire an appreciation of topic areas including anatomy and physiology, acquiring movement skills and socio-cultural studies relating to participation in physical activity.
Autumn Term Year 12
This term, work focuses on the application of physiological and psychological knowledge to improve performance. Unit 1 will allow candidates to gain knowledge of definitions and characteristics of motor, perceptual and cognitive skills and study information processing, which will enable candidates to evaluate critically performance. Candidates will learn to evaluate the impact of different types of physical activity on the skeletal and muscular systems in conjunction with lifelong involvement in an active lifestyle. Socio-cultural studies relating to participation in physical activity.
Spring Term Year 12
The second term concentrates on motor control and how we learn skills. Anatomy lessons help build a greater understanding of motion and movement. The cardiovascular and respiratory systems are also studied in greater depth with a specific focus on the impact of different types of physical activity on the Cardiovascular system (CHD, hypertension, angina and the impact of smoking). Socio-cultural studies will have a brief look at how 19th century public schools promoted and organised sports and games.
Summer Term Year 12
In the final term work centres upon the honing of skills. Candidates look specifically at sporting issues in the UK, Australia and the USA, as well as the Olympic Games as a vehicle for nation building and the opportunities and implications of 2012.
Candidates study Exercise and Sport Physiology, Historical Studies and Sports Psychology. Candidates are asked to make constant reference to physical competence and health of participants. Historical study is an approach which involves the knowledge and understanding of Physical Education as a field of study and its application on a specified time scale. Sports Psychology enables candidates to investigate the important role that the human mind has prior to, during, and after performance. Exercise and Sports Psychology focus on energy concepts and ergogenic aids.
Where a student has previously studied this subject at GCSE, or its equivalent, we would expect them to have attained: GCSE Physical Education Grade B.
Where a student has not previously studied this subject we would expect them to have achieved success in related areas of study and attained: GCSE Biology Grade B, OR,
Grades BB in Science and Additional Science.
AS Level (Year 12)
Assessment is by written examination, which counts for 60% of the AS. Candidates sit one paper:
Unit PHED 1 (2 hours)
Section A: 6 structured questions.
Section B: application of theoretical knowledge to a practical situation.
Unit PHED 2 (Practical) (40%)
Candidates will be assessed in:
1. Performing two chosen activities from two different activity profiles and evaluating and planning for the improvement of performance, OR,
2. Performing one chosen activity and coaching/leading one chosen activity from two different activity profiles together with evaluating and planning for the improvement of performance, OR,
3. Performing one chosen activity and officiating one chosen activity from two different activity profiles together with evaluating and planning for the improvement of performance.
A2 Level (Year 13)
Assessment is by written examination, which counts for 30% of the A2. Candidates sit one paper.
Unit PHED3 (2 hour)
Section A: how exercise physiology can optimise performance.
Section B: how application of psychological knowledge can optimise performance.
Section C: contemporary influence in sport and their impact on the performer.
Unit PHED4 (20%)
Candidates are assessed in:
1. Performing one chosen activity from one of the activity profiles and the evaluation, appreciation and improvement of performance, OR,
2. Coaching/leading one chosen activity from one of the activity profiles and the evaluation, appreciation and improvement of performance, OR,
3. Officiating one chosen activity from one of the activity profiles and the evaluation, appreciation and improvement in performance.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Watford Grammar School for Girls directly.