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Physical Education A Level at Trinity School

Course description

Our A-level Physical Education qualification allows students to play to their strengths and gain dynamic theoretical and practical skills for further education or work. This course has a weighting of 70/30 in favour of theory content which students find is a good balance of practical and theory based aspects. The course will motivate them to continue to perform in their sport and analyse their performance.

Course content

The new AS and A-level Physical Education build on students’ experience from Key Stage 4 and GCSE to enhance their knowledge and increase their understanding of the factors that affect performance and participation in Physical Education. The new AS and A-level Physical Education will be 70% theory and 30% non-exam assessment (practical performance) of which 15% will be based on students assessed in the role of player/performer or coach and 15% will be analysis and evaluation of performance. This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course.

Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport
What is assessed:
- Section A – Applied anatomy and physiology(35 marks)
- Section B – Skill acquisition(35 marks)
- Section C – Sport and society (35 marks)

How it’s assessed:
-Written exam: 2 hours
- Total: 105 marks
- 35% of A-level

Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport What’s assessed:
- Section A – Exercise physiology and biomechanics (35 marks)
- Section B – Sports psychology (35 marks)
- Section C – Sport and society and technology in sport (35 marks)

How it’s assessed:
- Written exam: 2 hours
- Total: 105 marks
- 35% of A-level

Practical performance in physical activity and sport
What is assessed:
- Students are assessed as a player/performer or coach in the full sized version of one activity
- 15% of non-exam assessment
- Written/verbal analysis and evaluation of performance
- 15% of non-exam assessment

How it’s assessed:
- Internal assessment, external moderation
- Total: 90 marks
- 30% of A-level

Future opportunities

In choosing this course, students will develop knowledge which will equip them for undergraduate study in areas of Physiology, Biomechanics, Psychology and Nutrition. Physical Education can be combined with most other A Level subjects, depending on your career aspirations. Students wishing to enter Sports Science should combine Physical Education with at least one science. Those wishing to be teachers often choose Geography or Environmental Studies. For a sporting or leisure industry career, Psychology or Business Studies work well. Physical Education can be combined with almost every other subject.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 September 2017

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