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A Level Physical Education at King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford

Course description

  •  It is important for potential students to realise that AS/A2 Physical Education holds the same academic rigour as any other subject area. Whilst the ability to demonstrate high levels of practical performance is an advantage, this only covers a small percentage of the overall examined grade.
  •  The ability to understand and articulate both facts and theories, verbally and on paper, in relation to their application regarding sporting performance is the key requirement of the course.

Course content

  •  Unit 1: An introduction to Physical Education which is externally assessed with a theory examination. This course will consist of Acquiring and Performing Movement Skills, Physiological Knowledge to improve performance and Contemporary Studies in Physical Education.
  •  Unit 2: Acquiring, developing and evaluating practical skills in Physical Education which is externally set, internally assessed and externally moderated.
  •  Unit 3: Principles and concepts across different areas of Physical Education which is externally assessed. This course will consist of Physiological and Psychological aspects, together with Historical components of Physical Education.
  •  Unit 4: The improvement of effective performance and the critical evaluation of practical activities in Physical Education which is externally set, internally assessed and externally moderated.

Entry requirements

  •  Candidates would be expected to have successfully completed a GCSE in Physical Education.
  •  Candidates should be Club level performers in at least two activity profiles.
  •  Candidates will experience a variety of roles associated with physical activity; performer, leader/coach and official. Experience in these roles will be advantageous in the practical assessment. Candidates wishing to take this course will be expected to undertake the Community Sports Leaders Award.

Assessment

  •  Unit 1: 2 hour written paper – 30% of the total AS GCE marks. This paper has three sections with one question in each section.
  •  Unit 2: 20% of the total AS GCE marks – practical – Candidates are assessed in two chosen activities from two different activity profiles and in a response to a live performance.
  •  Unit 3: 2 hours and 30 minutes written paper – 35% of the total Advanced GCE marks. Candidates will answer all questions in the History, Physiological and Psychological sections.
  •  Unit 4: 15% of the total Advanced GCE marks – practical. Candidates are assessed in one chosen activity and in response to a live performance. This unit is synoptic.

Future opportunities

  •  AS/A2 Physical Education should be seen as a fundamental building block for any student interested in courses/careers in sports medicine, medicine, journalism or any other sports/leisure related area.
  •  The course provides the interesting and challenging task of developing the skills needed to integrate sport science theories into the study and improvement of practical performance.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford directly.

Last updated date: 01 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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