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Physical Education A level at Bishop Thomas Grant Catholic Secondary School

Course description

A-Level PE is encouraged for all academic students who wish to pursue a career in the sports industry.  For students who have a true passion for sport this is the perfect qualification and is a great stepping stone to many careers within sport. 

Learners will have the opportunity to experience and achieve: 

  • National Governing Body Awards in activities of your choice 
  • Sport Science and nutrition lectures at universities 
  • Volunteering experience 
  • Open day visits to Universities 

A-Level students are expected to contribute to the PE department and wider school by coaching and leading KS3 clubs and teams.  A-Level pupils will be supported in this by their work towards the attainment of a variety of awards over the course duration, including Level 1 and 2 Coaching and Officiating.  

Course content

Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Students develop knowledge and understanding of the changes within the body systems prior to exercise, during exercise of differing intensities and during recovery. Students will be able to interpret data and graphs relating to changes within the musculoskeletal, cardio-respiratory and neuro-muscular systems, and the use of energy systems during different types of physical activity and sport, and the recovery process.
Skill acquisition
  • This section focuses on how skill is acquired and the impact of psychological factors on performance. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the principles required to optimise learning of new, and the development of existing, skills. Students will be able to understand and interpret graphical representations associated with skill acquisition theories.
Sport and society
  • Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the interaction between, and the evolution of, sport and society. Students will be able to understand, interpret and analyse data and graphs relating to participation in physical activity and sport.
Exercise physiology
  • Students will understand the adaptations to the body systems through training or lifestyle, and how these changes affect the efficiency of that system.
Biomechanical movement
  • Students will develop knowledge and understanding of motion and forces and their relevance to performance in physical activity and sport. Students will have a knowledge and use of biomechanical definitions, equations, formulae and units of measurement and demonstrate the ability to plot, label and interpret biomechanical graphs and diagrams.
Sport psychology
  • In this section students develop knowledge and understanding of the role of sport psychology in optimising performance in physical activity and sport. Students will be able to understand and interpret graphical representations associated with sport psychology theories.
Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport
  • Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the interaction between and the evolution of, sport and society and the technological developments in physical activity and sport. 

Entry requirements

Grade A in GCSE Physical Education or equivalent, a grade C in GCSE Biology is also beneficial.
 
Students should have a keen interest in sport and be playing at least one sport at club level.
 

Assessment

A-Level PE is assessed combining both theory examinations (70% of overall mark) and practical performance (30% of overall mark).

Paper 1  Written exam: 2 hours • 105 marks • 35% of A-level 
  • Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Section B: Skill acquisition
  • Section C: Sport and society
Paper 2  Written exam: 2 hours • 105 marks • 35% of A-level 
  • Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics
  • Section B: Sport psychology
  • Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport
A2 Practical   90 marks • 30% of A-level 
  • Internal assessment, external moderation 

Future opportunities

A Physical Education qualification can lead to further and higher education, careers in the leisure industry, journalism, sponsorship, media, coaching and teaching. 

Examples of university courses pursued by those who have undertaken AS/AL PE include:  

  • Physiotherapy 
  • Sports Science and Physiology 
  • Physical Education (teaching) 
  • Engineering 
  • Sports Management/Media 

The A-Level PE course helps students realise their sporting potential, with the majority of our students progressing to study Physical Education and Sport at university. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Thomas Grant Catholic Secondary School directly.

Last updated date: 01 December 2016
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