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Physical Education A Level at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College

Course description

Encourages a holistic understanding of PE
A level PE qualification will further develop students’ understanding of how the mind and body works in relation to performance in physical sport whilst also engaging you with key issues and themes relating to contemporary global influences on physical education. Specific areas of study include Sports psychology, applied anatomy and physiology, skills acquisition, the role of technology, sport and society and exercise physiology and applied movement analysis.

Course content

You will learn about:
- The diverse nature of sport
- The interdependence of various areas of sport and physical education
- Sporting success and failure
- How athletes need to adapt physically and mentally to the changing sports environment
- Investigating the impact of technology and commercialism on participation and performance
- How to refine and analyse your own performance
- How to make decisions about what to do in your own fitness and training

The course consists of four components:

Component 1 - you will learn about the physiological and biomechanical workings of the body. You will be introduced to the anatomical make-up of a performer and how this works alongside training, nutrition and recovery to impact performance.

Component 2 - you will develop knowledge of the psychological and social principles that underpin physical education and sport. You will explore the role that sports psychology has in facilitating optimal sporting performance of an individual athletes and sports teams.

Component 3 - you will develop your practical skills in the role of either a player or a coach. You will demonstrate a range of skills, tactics and strategies or compositional ideas while under pressure, in both a conditioned practice and a formal/competitive situation.

Component 4 - you will undertake an independent study to complete a Performance Analysis and a resulting Performance Development Programme (PDP) in your chosen sport as a performer or coach.

Entry requirements

Physical Education is the right subject for you if you enjoy:

- Learning about the world of Sport and Physical Education through research and investigation
- Keeping up to date with national and international sporting issues
- Performing and developing your practical performance
- Working strategically and making decisions
- Communicating and explaining your ideas • Independent thinking, reflective learning and problem solving

Future opportunities

Nurtures skills and knowledge for progression to further study

A level Physical Education specification has been designed to ensure sensible progression of content from GCSE to A level and include similar approaches to assessment. Builds on the understanding developed at GCSE PE and BTEC Sport while also supporting learners choosing to begin their study of PE for the first time.

Encourages learners to become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and physical activities.

Helps students develop important transferable skills for progression to the next level, including numeracy, communication and an understanding of practical performances. The blend of scientific and social knowledge strongly positions students to access a growing number of physical education, sport and physical activity higher education programmes or employment in the sport, leisure and tourism sector.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 09 March 2017
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