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Physical Education A Level at Waddesdon CofE School

Course description

AS Level

At AS level, candidates will develop knowledge and skills to help understand the opportunities for and effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle. Candidates will be given the opportunity to build on their experience and improve their personal skills/techniques across a variety of roles in a sport of their choice to improve performance.
At AS level, students study two units.
Unit 1: Opportunities for and the effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle.
- The physiological effects of adopting a healthy lifestyle.
- The short term effect of exercise/performance and the long term effects of training.
- Analysis of movement across a range of sporting actions.
- Acquisition of skills and the impact of psychological factors on performance.
- Opportunities for physical activity, benefits to the individual and society and the potential barriers faced by minority groups.

Unit 2: Analysis and evaluation of physical activity as performer and/or in an adopted role/s
- Execution of skills/techniques in two roles (performer, official/referee/umpire/judge/or leader/coach) in a chosen physical activity.
- Analysis of own performance.
- Application of theoretical knowledge to achieve effective performance

At A2, candidates will further develop their understanding of physiological, psychological and biomechanical aspects that optimise performance. Candidates will also explore and evaluate the impact of contemporary issues such as technology on sport and the performer.

Candidates will be given the opportunity to utilise their own knowledge and understanding developed during the course to improve their own personal performance, as a practical performer, coach/leader or official.

At A2 students study a further 2 units

Unit 3: Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within sport.
- Energy Sources and Systems
- Elite preparation and training
- Specialised training an sports injuries
- The use of psychological theories and techniques to optimise performance.
- Concepts and characteristics of World Games and their impact of sports technology on performers, equipment and facilities.
- The development of sport from rational recreation to its modern day format.
Unit 4: Optimising practical performance in a competitive situation.
- Optimising performance in competitive or performance conditions in one role.
- Evaluation of own performance in identifying weaknesses.
- Suggesting cause of own weakness and an appropriate corrective measure.


Entry requirements

The course of study expands on many of the theoretical ideas and concepts already encountered in the Key Stage 4 curriculum. It also provides a natural progression for students who have studied GCSE Physical Education by extending their knowledge of skills, techniques and effective performance. GCSE Physical Education is by no means a pre-requisite for this course. However, it is essential for students to have achieved B grades or above in GCSE Science and at least a B in the theory paper of the GCSE PE. Due to a new practical emphasis on the course, it is also imperative that students wishing to follow A-Level PE must play some form of competitive sport outside of school.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years