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Physical Education A Level at John Henry Newman Catholic College

Course description

This course provides students with the exciting opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of PE. Stimulating content is at the heart of these engaging qualifications, which will encourage students to immerse themselves in the world of sports and PE. Studying AS or A Level Physical Education will give you a fantastic insight into the amazing world of sports performance.

Not only will you have the chance to perform or coach a sport through the non-exam assessment component, you will also develop a wide-ranging knowledge into the how and why of physical activity and sport. The combination of physical performance and academic challenge provides an exciting opportunity for students. You can perform, and then through the academic study, gain the knowledge to improve yours and others’ performance or coaching though application of the theory.

The AS and A Level in Physical Education are studied though a range of different contexts and the impact it has on both ours and others’ everyday lives becomes clear. You will learn the reasons why we do things, why some people outperform others – mentally and physically. You will also delve into the ethical considerations behind the use of drugs and also the influence that modern technology is having on physical activity and sport.

This complete grounding in the subject provides a fantastic base for you to build when you move on to higher education, employment or further training. Students will have the opportunity to develop a wide-ranging set of key skills, including communication using appropriate language, dealing with pressure, split-second decision making, interpreting and analysing data, as well as analysing and evaluating performance so improvements can be made.

The specifications also encourage the development of strong literacy and numeracy skills. The acquisition of such a diverse range of skills is of great benefit to your students as they continue their education or transfer to the world of work.

Course content

AS and A level PE includes the compulsory study of: Applied Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanical Movement, Skill Acquisition, Sports Psychology, Sport and Society and the Role of Technology in Physical Activity and Sport. Alongside this are the skills of PE which are examined via the NEA component on performance.

AS level

Component 1: Physiological Factors Affecting Performance

This group of topics focuses on key systems of the human body involved in movement and physical activity. Candidates will develop their knowledge and understanding of the changes within these body systems prior to exercise, during exercise of differing intensities, and during recovery. Application of this theoretical knowledge will enable candidates to understand how changes in physiological states can influence performance in physical activities and sport. Candidates will be expected to be able to interpret data and graphs relating to changes in these body systems during exercise of differing intensities and during recovery.

Component 2: Psychological and Socio-cultural Themes in PE

This component focuses on the psychological factors affecting physical activities and sports, including: models and theories that affect learning and performance in physical activities; how different methods of training and feedback work and why their effectiveness differs from person to person; group dynamics and goal setting. Through the study of this component, candidates will gain a deeper understanding of the underlying psychological factors that influence our performance in physical activity and sport. They will learn how to apply the theories to practical examples, giving guidance and feedback in constructive ways that are suited to that individual’s personality; therefore assisting in developing practical performance in physical activities and sports. This component focuses on the sociological and contemporary factors that influence and affect physical activity and sport for both the audience and the performer and how sport affects society. It includes the emergence and evolution of modern sport and how social and cultural factors shaped the characteristics of sports and pastimes in pre-industrial and post-industrial Britain. The impact of the modern Olympic Games will be understood as well as the impact on society of hosting global sporting events.

Component 3: Performance within Physical Education

Learners will be required to undertake two parts within this component. Part 1: Performance/coaching of a sport or activity from the approved DfE list. Part 2: Analysis and Evaluation of Performance for Improvement (EAPI) of a sport or activity from the approved DfE list. This does not have to be the same sport or activity that was undertaken in part 1, although it can be. Learners will identify an area of weakness within performance to prioritise for improvement and will propose a short term (3-4 weeks) action plan to improve the area of performance identified. This component is assessed via NEA.

A level

Component 1: Physiological Factors Affecting Performance

This group of topics focuses on key systems of the human body involved in movement and physical activity. Candidates will develop their knowledge and understanding of the changes within these body systems prior to exercise, during exercise of differing intensities, and during recovery. Application of this theoretical knowledge will enable candidates to understand how changes in physiological states can influence performance in physical activities and sport. Candidates will be expected to be able to interpret data and graphs relating to changes in these body systems during exercise of differing intensities and during recovery.

Component 2: Psychological Factors Affecting Performance

This component focuses on the psychological factors affecting physical activities and sports, including: models and theories that affect learning and performance in physical activities; how different methods of training and feedback work and why their effectiveness differs from person to person; group dynamics and the effects of leadership and stress on performers. Through the study of this component, candidates will gain a deeper understanding of the underlying psychological factors that influence our performance in physical activity and sport. They will learn how to apply the theories to practical examples, giving guidance and feedback in constructive ways that are suited to that individual’s personality; therefore assisting in developing practical performance in physical activities and sports.

Component 3: Socio-cultural and Contemporary Issues

This component focuses on the sociological and contemporary factors that influence and affect physical activity and sport for both the audience and the performer and how sport affects society. It includes the emergence and evolution of modern sport and how social and cultural factors shaped the characteristics of sports and pastimes in preindustrial and post-industrial Britain. The impact of the modern Olympic Games will be understood as well as the impact on society of hosting global sporting events. The ever-evolving modern technology and its influence on sport performers and spectators will be understood and practical examples will be used by candidates to show the effect of modern technology.

Component 4: Performance within Physical Education

Learners will be required to undertake two parts within this component. Part 1: Performance/coaching of a sport or activity from the approved DfE list. Part 2: The Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement (EAPI) of a sport or activity from the approved DfE list. This does not have to be the same sport or activity that was undertaken in part 1, although it can be. Learners will identify and justify the major area of weakness within the performance to prioritise for improvement and will propose a long term (2-3 months) development plan to improve the area of performance identified. This component is assessed via NEA.

Entry requirements

A grade 5 or above in GCSE Maths and English, with a minimum of grade 5s in Core/Additional or Triple Science are essential. If you have studied GCSE PE a minimum of a grade 5 would be an advantage. Enthusiasm for sport, health and active leisure is essential, and engagement in sport and physical activity outside of the school curriculum will demonstrate aptitude and commitment.

Assessment

AS level

  Marks Duration Weighting Component 1 Physiological Factors Affecting Performance
Anatomy and Physiology
Exercise Physiology
Biomechanics  70 1 hour
15 Minutes 35% Section A
3x 20 mark questions
1 question per topic – the 20 marks will be broken down into part questions  60 Section B
1x 10 mark extended response ‘synoptic’  question which links two or more topics  10  Component 2 Psychological and Socio-cultural Themes in PE
Skill Acquisition
Sports Psychology
Sport and Society  70    35% Section A
3x 20 mark questions
1 question per topic – the 20 marks will be broken down into part questions  60 Section B
1x 10 mark extended response ‘synoptic’  question which links two or more topics  10  Component 3 Psychological and Socio-cultural Themes in PE  60 NEA 30% 1) Performance or coaching practical  30 2) EAPI  30

A level

  Marks Duration Weighting Component
1
Physiological Factors Affecting Performance
Anatomy and Physiology
Exercise Physiology
Biomechanics  90 2 hours 30% Section A
10 marks, short-answer questions on any topic  10 Section B
3x 20 mark questions
1 question per topic – the 20 marks will be broken down into part questions  60 Section C
1x 20 mark extended response ‘synoptic’ question which links two or more topics 20  Component
2
Psychological Affecting Performance
Skill Acquisition
Sports Psychology
Sport and Society  60  1 hour  20% Section A
10 marks, short-answer questions on any topic  10 Section B
2x 20 mark questions
1 question per topic – the 20 marks will be broken down into part questions  40 Section C
1x 10 mark extended response ‘synoptic’ question which links two or more topics 10  Component
3
Socio-cultural and Contemporary Issues  60 1 hour 20% Section A
10 marks, short-answer questions on any topic 10 Section B
2x 20 mark questions
1 question per topic – the 20 marks will be broken down into part questions  40 Section C
1x 10 mark extended response ‘synoptic’ question which links two or more topics 10  Component
4
Performance within Physical Education  60 NEA 30% 1) Performance or coaching practical  30 2) EAPI  30  

Future opportunities

Progression Pathways

Some of these are clear PE to PE pathways and others take into account the potential complementary options to studying PE as well as the progressions from PE into other subjects. PE is a subject that opens doors to a number of careers and life options. Sport, nutrition and health and huge topics of discussion in the world today, and as the fight against obesity and sedentary lifestyle issues continues, the knowledge you gain from a course such as this will only grow in importance and relevance.

 

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 19 November 2018
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