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Physical Education AS A2 at Thomas Becket Catholic School

Course content

The examination board’s syllabus that forms the base of course is Edexcel, the same board as that used for GCSE PE. Many parts of the course will be similar to those that have been covered as part of the GCSE course but in far greater detail.    The sociological and psychological aspects of sport will be introduced and developed covering such questions as:   How do you motivate individuals, both in training and competing if you are a coach?  Why were women prevented from competing in some sports and sporting events in the past?  Why has the popularity of the Paralympics increased?

Entry requirements

Students will be required to have the necessary GCSE grades to follow an AS course and need to recognise that AS and A2 PE has a large academically based content.


To get a certificate for Advanced Subsidiary (AS), you will need to have studied and been assessed on 3 AS units. To get a certificate for Advanced GCE, you will need to have studied and been assessed on the 3 AS units, plus 3 further units, known as A2 units, making a total of 6 units. The AS units of work you will study are as follows: Unit One:        The social basis of sport and recreation                         Why are our national sports different to those of other countries?                        Why was PE introduced into school? And                  Past and current Olympic games                         How and why the Olympics were introduced?Issues that have arisen from Olympic games, such as drug taking and nationalism.                         Assessment is by a written exam - 1¼ hours Unit Two:        Skills                         How do we gain skills?If you are responsible for coaching a team, how do you improve their skills level?Performance analysis. Discuss/analyse a practical performance - What is good? What is bad? How do you improve the level of performance? Assessment is by written assignments/essays unless you opt to be practically assessed on playing two sports, one individual and one team, or you write a project on training and improving skills in a sport of your choice. Unit Three:     Exercise and training                       Muscles, cardiovascular system, fitness testing, methods of training, principles of training. Assessment is by a written exam - 1¼ hours  If you achieve a good grade in the AS examination then you may proceed to the A2. The units for A2 are similar to those at AS but cover a wider range of topics. You may choose to study the history of sport in the country of your choice, as well as a wide range of other subjects. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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