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Physical Education A Level at Tytherington School

Course description

The aims of the GCE A level Physical Education are:

- To develop an understanding and appreciation of the factors which influence performance within sport.
- To develop in students the ability to think critically as well as develop sound evaluation skills.

These aims are achieved through a variety of theoretical study, practical application and research skill acquisition.

AS and A2 Physical Education looks at sport through the following range of academic disciplines:
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Socio-cultural perspectives
- Psychological explanation

Course content

Unit 1 Opportunities for and the effects of leading a healthy lifestyle. This unit incorporates:

- 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.
- 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 a performer and/or in an adopted role. This unit incorporates:

- Execution of skills/techniques in two roles (performer, official/referee/umpire/judge or leader/coach) in a chosen physical activity.
- Analysis of own performance.

Unit 3 Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within sport. This unit incorporates:
- Energy sources and systems.
- Elite preparation and training.
- Specialised training and sports injuries.
- The use of psychological theories to optimise performance.
- Concepts and characteristics of World Games and their impact on the State and individual.
- Development and impact of sports technology on performers, equipment and facilities.
- The development of sport from national recreation to its modern day format.

Unit 4 Optimising practical performance in a competitive situation. Evaluation of own performance in identifying weaknesses.

This unit incorporates three sections:
- Practical performance.
- Observation, analysis and critical evaluation.
- Application of knowledge and understanding to optimise performance.

Entry requirements

Minimum of a B grade at GCSE if taken. Students must regularly officiate, coach or play two sports to a very high standard.


AS Examinations
Unit 1: Written paper
2 hours
60% of total AS marks
30% of total A level marks

Unit 2: Internal assessment with external moderation :
40% of total AS marks,
20% of total A level marks.

A2 Examinations
Unit 3:
2 hours 3
0% of total A Level marks

Unit 4: Internal assessment with external moderation
20% of total A Level marks

Future opportunities

A level Physical Education is becoming an increasingly well-recognised academic subject. Many universities and employers now recognise the course as a scientific subject in its own right. This enables students who wish to pursue university courses such as Physiotherapy, which often require three scientific A levels, to study A level Physical Education.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 June 2015

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