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Physical Education A Level at Woodbridge School

Course description

Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity & sport

  • Section A: Applied Anatomy
  • Section B: Skill Acquisition
  • Section C: Sport & Society Section A, B & C: multiple choice, short answer & extended writing (35 marks each)

Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity & sport

  • Section A: Applied Anatomy
  • Section B: Skill Acquisition
  • Section C: Sport & Society Section A, B & C: multiple choice, short answer & extended writing (35 marks each)

Non-exam assessment:

Practical performance in physical activity & sport

  • Students are assessed as a performer or coach in the full-sided version of one activity
  • Plus: written/ verbal analysis Internal assessment, external moderation

Assessment Method:

Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity & sport

  • Section A, B & C: multiple choice, short answer & extended writing (35 marks each)
  • Written paper, 2 hours, 105 marks 35% of A Level

Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity & sport

  • Section A, B & C: multiple choice, short answer & extended writing (35 marks each)
  • Written paper, 2 hours, 105 marks 35% of A Level

Non-exam assessment:

Practical performance in physical activity & sport

Students are assessed as a performer or coach in the full-sided version of one activity

  • Internal assessment, external moderation
  • 90 marks
  • 30% of A Level

Course content

Applied anatomy and physiology

Skill acquisition

Sport and society

Exercise physiology

Biomechanical movement

Sport psychology

Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport

Entry requirements

It is not a requirement that you should have studied GCSE PE, but candidates should have at least a grade B in biology or additional science. First-team, club or county-level sport is mandatory as either a player/performer or coach.

Assessment

The A level specification will equip students with both a depth and breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills relating to scientific, socio-cultural and practical aspects of physical education. This will require them to:

develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance

understand how physiological and psychological states affect performance

understand the key socio-cultural factors that influence people’s involvement in physical activity and sport

understand the role of technology in physical activity and sport

refine their ability to perform effectively in physical activity and sport by developing skills and techniques by selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas

develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance

understand the contribution which physical activity makes to health and fitness

improve as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with curious and enquiring minds.

play to their strengths and gain dynamic theoretical and practical skills for further education or work.

Future opportunities

Degrees in sports science, physiotherapy, teaching, sports journalism, sports media and many more professions.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 April 2017
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