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Physical Education AS and A Level at Park House School

Course description

The field of Physical Education and Leisure related employment is one of the fastest growing areas of recent years. With this trend set to continue, this course encourages students to analyse the concept of performance from a range of physiological, psychological and sociological viewpoints. Through the diversity of its content, this course provides a whole array of skills for life that would be suitable to any career path.

Course content

AS Course Summary
Unit 1 An introduction to Physical Education
60% of AS
Externally assessed examination
Anatomy and Physiology
Acquiring Movement Skills
Sociocultural relationship to participation
Unit 2 Acquiring, developing and evaluating practical skills in Physical Education
40% of AS
Internally assessed coursework
Evaluating and Planning for improvement

A2 Course Summary
Unit 3 Principles and Concepts across different areas of Physical Education
70% of A Level
Externally assessed examination
Comparative Studies (UK, USA and Australia)
Sports Psychology
Exercise and Sport Physiology
Unit 4 The improvement of effective performance and the critical evaluation of practical activities in Physical Education
30 % of A Level
Internally assessed coursework
Evaluation, appreciation and the improvement of performance

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade A*-B in Physical Education (if studied) GCSE Grade A*-C in English, Mathematics and Science Prospective students will be considered on individual merit. It is important to recognise that an A grade in Physical Education at AS or A2 is as hard to achieve as an A grade in any other subject and is worth the same number of UCAS points for university. It is also vital that you should have a lively and enquiring mind, an interest in physical education, a willingness to explore new ideas and an ability to communicate your ideas effectively. Students will also need to read widely from specific texts, research journals, broadsheet newspapers, biographies and internet sites.

Financial information

Although a course textbook is provided for the duration of your study, it is recommended that you purchase additional texts from the prescribed reading lists and subscribe to additional research journals to help ensure examination success.
It is compulsory for all students on the course to purchase the A Level PE practical kit. This presently consists of a polo shirt and hooded sweatshirt/fleece which must be worn for all practical lessons and moderated practical examinations. The cost is £45.00.

There is also a visit to The University of Bath at the start of the first term, where students will undertake laboratory and field based fitness profiling. The cost is approx £15.00.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 August 2016

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