Physical Education A Level at St Mary's Menston, a Catholic voluntary academy
The Advanced Level course builds on the student’s experience from KS4 and GCSE to enhance their knowledge and increase their understanding of the factors that affect performance and participation in physical education. Students will experience and develop an interest in a variety of roles in sport, such as performer, official and/or leader/coach at AS and then will be able to specialise in one at A2.
At AS knowledge and skills will be developed to help understand the opportunities for and effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle. Students will be given the opportunity to build on their experience and improve their personal skills/techniques across a variety of roles in a sport to improve their performance.
At A2 the specification enables students to further develop their understanding of physiological, psychological and biomechanical aspects that optimise performance. Students will be given the opportunity to utilise the knowledge and understanding developed during the course to improve their own personal performance, as a practical performer, coach/leader or official.
The content of the A Level specification is designed to follow on from GCSE Physical Education, although it must be emphasised that a GCSE in Physical Education is not a requirement for students wishing to follow this course. A minimum A grade in GCSE Science subjects is of great benefit to achieving successful grades in this subject.
A keen interest and determination to work hard, above and beyond the classroom is essential for success on this course. A high level of practical performance and a commitment to extra curricular teams, coaching opportunities etc are a pre-requisite for achieving success. If students are not regular participants in sport or dance activities competing on a regular basis they will struggle to achieve their target grades.
A good wide ranging sporting knowledge is advantageous when applying practical examples to theoretical concepts. Physical Education and Sport courses at post-16 have become widely accepted at UK universities. There are clear links with vocational areas such as Nursing, Physiotherapy, Medicine, Teaching and Fitness Instruction/Training. The major influences played by physical education and sports, both worldwide and in the UK, are highlighted throughout the 2 years.
How to apply
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