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Physical Education (A Level) at Somervale School

Course description

The course is very varied and students will study a wide range of topics across AS and A Level. The topics include students developing knowledge and understanding about: - What constitutes a healthy, and active lifestyle;

- How the body responds and adapts to exercise;

- The components of physical and skill fitness;

- Different methods of training;

- The rationale behind carrying out fitness assessment and the protocols associated with fitness tests;

- How competitive sport has developed over time;

- How to ensure lifelong involvement in sport;

- Short- and long-term physiological and psychological preparation made by elite athletes;

- Short- and long-term technical preparations required e.g. selection of appropriate kit and equipment, the use of training camps and different types of ergonomics aids.

Course content

Year 12

  • Unit 1 – Participation in Sport and Recreation Examination 50% of AS
  • Unit 2 – The Critical Sports Performer Coursework 50% of AS

Year 13

  • Unit 3 – Preparation for Optimum Sports Performance Examination 50% of A2 marks 25% of the total GCE marks
  • Unit 4 – The Developing Sports Performer Coursework 50% of A2 marks 25% of the total GCE marks

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE PE and a grade B in GCSE Science. If GCSE PE has not been studied, it is essential that the candidate has gained a grade B or above in Biology or Science at GCSE level.

Future opportunities

The specification prepares students well for further study in a various fields, for example, social and natural sciences, health and social care, leisure and tourism. An A-level qualification is rapidly becoming essential for specialist study in PE and Sport Studies in Higher Education and is also a suitable qualification for other areas of study, including physiotherapy and nutrition.

Further information

Who Might the Course Suit?

To have studied GCSE PE is highly recommended. An interest in the theoretical aspects of the GCSE is essential as the A-Level is largely theory based. 

The coursework aspect is likewise as varied and students have the opportunity to be assessed in the roles of ‘performer’, ‘leader’ or ‘official’ at AS before focusing on one of these roles at A2.

In the context of their chosen sport they will:

- Review their current participation in sport;

- Identify opportunities locally, nationally and internationally for them to advance their participation in physical activity;

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 April 2015

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