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Physical Education A Level at Congleton High School

Course description

Do you enjoy sport as a player or spectator? Are you keen to develop skills in a specialist area? Do you have a wide knowledge of Physical Education and enjoy reading supporting literature? Do you have ambitions to make a career in the sport or leisure industry or do you just want to get more out of recreational sport? Can you work as a team member and on your own? If the answer to any of these questions is “Yes” then this course could suit you!

You will be taught the theoretical aspects of the course through discussion work, lectures and practical experiences. You will be expected to take on increasing responsibility for your own learning by preparing and presenting talks to your group, and researching topics using the Learning Resource Centre and internet.

You will learn subject specific skills such as a wider knowledge of Physical Education and sport, improvement in your personal performance in one activity, development of your ability to observe and evaluate the performance of others, and improvement of your ability to apply theory to practice.

Course content

The A level course consists of four components:

Component 1: Physiological factors affecting performance.
In this unit you will develop an understanding of
- Applied anatomy and physiology
- Exercise Physiology
- Biomechanics Assessed via a 2 hour written examination.

Component 2: Psychological factors affecting performance
In this unit you will develop an understanding of
- Skill acquisition
- Sport Psychology Assessed via a 1 hour written examination.

Component 3: Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport.
In this unit you will develop an understanding of
- Sport and Society
- Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport. Assessed via a 1 hour written examination.

Component 4: performance in Physical Education
Students perform or coach in one activity from the approved list. Students also Evaluate and Analyse a performance for Improvement providing verbal feedback on the chosen activity.

You will be assessed through your homework, contributions to class discussion work, and more formal unit tests, usually once or twice each half term.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to study the A level in Physical Education should have achieved at least a grade B at GCSE level. Students would also benefit from having a B grade in Science. Any students who studied BTEC Sport at Key Stage 4 should have achieved a Merit in order to progress to A Level Physical Education. A genuine interest in sport (preferably including participation in extra-curricular activities) is obviously expected!

Assessment

You will be taught the theoretical aspects of the course through discussion work, lectures and practical experiences. You will be expected to take on increasing responsibility for your own learning by preparing and presenting talks to your group, and researching topics using the Learning Resource Centre and internet. You will be assessed through your homework, contributions to class discussion work, and more formal unit tests, usually once or twice each half term.

Future opportunities

Former Physical Education students have gone to University and studied subjects including Physiotherapy, Teaching, Sports Medicine, Business Management, Journalism, Sports Coaching and Sports Science.

Further information

This course can be taken in conjunction with other vocational or academic courses at Congleton High School Sixth Form or The Congleton College. Physical Education has a broad subject content and so can be combined with many other subjects. In the past, students have found that Biology, Chemistry,  Psychology and Sociology have particularly complemented their Physical Education course

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 October 2016
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