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A Level Physical Education at Newquay Tretherras School

Course description

This course examines anatomical, physiological and psychological theories in a sporting context as well as looking at socio contemporary issues in sport.

Course content

Year 1 Topics studied
Unit 1
An introduction to Physical Education: including anatomy and physiology, acquiring movement skills, and sociocultural studies relating to participation in physical activity.

  • Physiological effects of adopting a healthy lifestyle.
  • Short term effect of exercise and performance, the long term effects of training
  • Analysis of movement
  • Acquisition of movement and impact of psychological factors on performance
  • Opportunities for physical activity.

Unit 2
Acquiring, developing and evaluating practical skills in Physical Education; including assessment in two practical activities as a performer, official or coach.

  • Execution of skills/techniques in two roles in a chosen physical activity.
  • Analysis of own performance.
  • Application of theoretical knowledge to achieve effective performance.

Year 2 Topics studied

Unit 3
Principles and concepts across different areas of Physical Education; including Socio-Cultural Studies, Sports Psychology and Sport Physiology.

  • Energy sources and systems
  • Elite preparation and training
  • Specialised training & sports injuries
  • The use of psychological theories and techniques to optimise performance
  • Concepts and characteristics of world games
  • Development & impact of sports technology
  • Development of sport from rational recreation to modern day format.

Unit 4
The improvement of effective performance and the critical evaluation of practical activities in physical education; including assessment in one practical activity as either a performer, official or coach. Candidates will complete a written coursework component based on a self-analysis.

Entry requirements

Candidates will need to have achieved a grade B or above in Science and GCSE PE and a grade C or above in English.


Assessment details

Unit 1: Opportunities for and effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle.
Written Paper: 2 hours (84 marks)
60% of AS mark            30% of total A2 mark

Unit 2: Analysis and evaluation of physical activity as performer, coach or official.
Internal assessment with external moderation:
(100 marks)
40% of AS mark            20% of total A2 mark

Unit 3: Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within sport.
Written Paper: 2 hours (84 marks)
30% of total A2 mark

Unit 4: Optimising practical performance in a competitive situation.
Internal assessment with external moderation:
(120 marks)
20% of total A2 mark

Future opportunities

This course will enable you to access relevant higher education degree courses such as Sports Science, Sports Coaching, Health and Fitness, Sports Therapy etc. Possible future careers could include; teaching, coaching, physiotherapy, sports retail, sports therapy, sports nutrition, journalism, sports development.

Further information

Candidates will need a passion for sport and to be regularly training and competing in two sports at club level on a regular basis.

Outside of the Classroom
Enrichment opportunities to support learning and career development include visits to Marjon’s Sport Science fitness testing laboratory and talks from professionals from the Sports industry. The opportunity to gain additional qualifications to are available in a range of sports such as the NARs Pool Lifeguard, FA level 1 Coach Award.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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      • High quality academic teaching, with a friendly and adult approach
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      • Involvement in our unique “Future Pathways” schemes to ensure successful transfer to the next stage
      • Opportunities to participate in innovative “Internship” programmes
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