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Sport and Physical Education A Level at Bishop Heber High School

Course description

A-level was introduced in September 2003 and is a widely accepted entry qualification for Higher Education.

The course provides a natural progression from GCSE PE by extending knowledge of skills, techniques and effective performance. It provides a transition for those hoping to study related courses in Higher Education and an understanding of the important of exercise and activity. There are two written exam papers that account for 70% of the A Level Award, and 30% is NEA (Non-Examined Assessment) which incorporates 1 practical assessment and a piece of Evaluation/Analysis of performance. 

Course content

Theoretical Content

The list of topics studied across the course consists of: 

1. Applied anatomy and physiology

2. Skill acquisition

3. Sport and society

4. Exercise physiology

5. Biomechanical movement

6. Sport psychology

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

Questions students will be able to answer include:

  • How does the human body prepare for and respond to exercise and how can it be trained in order to optimise performance
  • How did the sports that we recognise today begin and develop
  • What is the current direction of Sports development within the UK
  • How does the body and brain learn new skills and allow these to be used

The two papers will include multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions that will test a student’s ability to recall information, apply information to particular settings and analyse/evaluate the appropriateness of theories students to given situations. The ability to handle and analyse data will also be a feature of the papers. 

Entry requirements

5 A*-C GCSEs minimum. It would be a distinct advantage, but not essential to have studied GCSE Physical Education. 


Practical Assessment

Requires students to be assessed in one of these two areas:

  • Practical performance
  • Role as a leader / coach

This will be assessed in a competitive context of a full game performance e.g. 7-aside Netball game/15-a-side Rugby Union Game

Also complete an Evaluation and Analysis of their Personal Performance and present this in a verbal or written format. 

In the practical areas, the candidate must demonstrate the ability to perform a range of core skills to a high level within a high performance context. They need to analyse and critically evaluate their own and others physical performance and apply their knowledge of the theoretical principles and concepts of their activity to help them improve their level of work. Candidates need to continually undertake physical activity both in and out of school especially in their chosen activities.

The list of activities you can be assessed in is shown below:

Amateur Boxing • Association Football • Athletics • Badminton • Basketball • Camogie • Canoeing • Cricket • Cycling • Dance • Diving • Gaelic Football • Golf • Gymnastics • Handball • Hockey • Equestrian • Hurling • Kayaking • Lacrosse • Netball • Rock climbing • Rowing • Rugby League • Rugby Union • Sculling • Skiing • Snowboarding • Squash • Swimming • Table tennis • Tennis • Trampolining • Volleyball

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Heber High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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