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AS/A2 Sport and Physical Recreation at Durham High School For Girls

Course description

AS consists of two units UNIT 1: Opportunities for and the effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle. 60% of AS mark Section 1: Applied Exercise Physiology • The physiological effects of adopting a healthy lifestyle. • The short term effect of exercise / performance and the long term effects of training. Section 2: Skill Acquisition • Analysis of movement across a range of sporting actions. • Skill acquisition and the impact of psychological factors on performance. Section 3: Opportunities for participation • Concepts, definitions and historical aspects of Sport. • Opportunities for physical activity and the potential barriers faced by minority groups. UNIT 2: Analysis and evaluation of physical activity as a performer and /or in an adopted role(s) in a modified situation 40% of AS Mark Section A: Ability as a performer, official or leader. Students choose to be assessed in 2 or the 3 roles. Section B: Application of theoretical knowledge for effective performance. A2 consists of two units UNIT 3: Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within Sport 30% of A Level mark Section 1: How exercise physiology can optimize performance • The development of physical and mental preparation for performance • Physical preparation specifically for the elite level performer or for an individual’s performance. Section 2: How the application of psychological knowledge can optimize performance • How aspects of personality, arousal theory, controlling anxiety affect performance • The mental preparation of elite level performers to improve individual performance. Section 3: Evaluating contemporary influences in sport. • The concepts and characteristics of World Games and their impact on the state and individual. Does the Olympic Ideal still have a place in modern day sport • Deviance in sport • Commercialisation of sport. UNIT 4: Optimising practical performance in a competitive situation 20% of A Level Mark Section A: Ability as a performer, official or leader. Students choose to be assessed in 2 or the 3 roles. Section B: Application of theoretical knowledge for effective performance.

Entry requirements

No entry requirements are made beyond 5 GCSEs at C or above.

Financial information

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Future opportunities

Physical Education can be studied as a main course, including sports science or sports studies or as a subsidiary subject to almost any other individual subject option. Due to the expanding leisure industry there are many career opportunities relating to sport; for example, leisure management, sports development, fitness programming and teaching. In addition, with its strong scientific basis an A level and degree in Physical Education opens up opportunities in a variety of other fields, for example sports medicine, physiotherapy and sports psychology. You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as Science or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Physical Education, which could lead onto higher education in areas of Sport Studies, Recreation, Exercise and Science or more general higher education courses. With further training you could go into a job related to Physical Education such as a Physiotherapist, Teacher or Exercise and Fitness Trainer. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the Sporting and Health Sectors. You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as Science or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Sport and Physical Education, which could lead onto higher education in areas of Sport Studies, Recreation, Exercise and Science or more general higher education courses. With further training you could go into a job related to Sport and Physical Education such as a Physiotherapist, Teacher, Exercise or Fitness Trainer. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the sporting and health sectors.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Durham High School For Girls directly.

Last updated date: 18 May 2015

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