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Physical Education A2 level at Gosford Hill School

Course description

During Year 12 you will study anatomy and physiology, skill acquisition and opportunities for participation in the theory side of the course. You will also need to produce video footage of yourself in two sports demonstrating the core skills as set out in the exam board specification. This will need to be done outside of the classroom.

During Year 13 you will build on your knowledge and understanding by studying applied physiology to optimise performance, psychological aspects that optimise performance and evaluating contemporary influences. You will use this information to produce a comprehensive piece of coursework looking at optimising your own performance in a chosen sport. The practical element of the course will involve you being assessed in a fully competitive situation in one sport as detailed in the exam specification.

Course content

The course will involve a wide range of teaching and learning styles. This may involve communicating your ideas to the group through presentations. You will need to keep a file of comprehensive notes and use course textbooks as well as accessing the internet for research. Understanding will be assessed through classwork and homework. Pupils will also complete end of topic tests using past exam questions throughout the course. Final assessment is detailed above.

During the AS course, two units will be delivered

PHED 1 Theory - Opportunities for and the effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle Assessed through 2 hour written exam (60% of AS grade and 30% of A2 grade).

  • Section A – six structured questions.
  • Section B – application of theoretical knoweldge to a practical situation.

PHED 2 Practical - Analysis and evaluation of physical activity as a performer or other role (40% of AS grade and 20% of A2 grade).

Internal assessment with external moderation. Candidates perform, analyse and evlauate the execution of core skills/techniques. In isolation, in strucured practices, as either a player/performer and in an adopted role or two adopted roles.

During the A2 course, two units will be delivered

PHED 3 Theory - Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary influences in sport Assessed through 2 hour written exam (30% of A level).

  • Section A – how exercise physiology can optimise performance.
  • Section B – how application of psychological knoweldge can optimise performance.
  • Section C – contemporary influences in sport and their impact on the performer.

PHED 4 Practical - Optimsing practical performance in a competitive situation Internal assessment with external moderation.

Students perform, analyse and evaluate their own performance. They also identify areas of performance that they could improve and suggest causes and apporptiate corrective measures.

Entry requirements

GCSE PE: grade C or above If pupils did not take GCSE PE they must have a grade B in Science Pupils must be part of a club outside of school in at least one sport.

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as science which could lead onto higher education in areas of sport studies, recreation, exercise and science or more general higher education courses. With further study and training you could go into a job related to Physical Education such as a physiotherapist, teacher or exercise and fitness trainer. You could also go straight into a job as the AS and A2 GCE are recognised qualifications that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the sporting and health sectors.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gosford Hill School directly.

Last updated date: 26 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years