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Physical Education A level at Heathcote School & Science College

Course description

This specification builds on and develops a student's experience and understanding of performance in sport.
 
For those who have studied GCSE at Key Stage 4 the A Level syllabus provides a challenging continuation involving both theoretical and practical application of knowledge through sport and exercise. 
 

Course content

The course is divided into 4 components, all of which are taught on both the AS and A2 qualification. The difference In both qualifications is the depth at which each component is taught and the subsequent knowledge required.
 
Component 1: Scientific Principles of Physical Education (AS & A2) 
  • Topic 1: Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Topic 2: Exercise physiology and applied movement analysis 
Component 2: Psychological and Social Principles of Physical Education (AS & A2) 
  • Topic 3: Skill acquisition
  • Topic 4: Sport Psychology
  • Topic 5: Sport and Society

Component 3: Practical Performance (AS & A2)

  • Skills performed in one physical activity as a player/performer or a coach
Component 4: Performance Analysis (AS & A2) and Personal Development Programme (A2)
  • In the role of player/performer or coach analyse two components of a physical activity (one physiological component and either a tactical or technical component)
  • At A2 only: Implement and evaluate a Performance Development Programme. 

Entry requirements

To enroll on PE A Level you will need to have a GCSE at grade B or higher In Physical Education and at least a grade C in double award science, or equivalent and in English Language and Mathematics.
 
Learners are expected to have a genuine interest in sport and regularly compete, coach or offidate in sport/s. 
 

Assessment

Both units 1 and 2 are assessed by a written exam, differing in length for AS and A2 qualifications. Units 3 and 4 are assessed through a range of practical and written assignments. 
 
Component 1: Scientific Principles of Physical Education (AS & A2) 
  • Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes/2 hours and 30 minutes
  • 40% of the qualification
Component 2: Psychological and Social Principles of Physical Education (AS & A2) 
  • Written examination: 1 hour and 15 minutes/2 hours
  • 30% of the qualification

Component 3: Practical Performance (AS & A2)

  • Non-examined assessment: Internally assessed, externally moderated
  • 15% of the qualification
Component 4: Performance Analysis (AS & A2) and Personal Development Programme (A2) 
  • Non-examined assessment: Internally assessed, externally moderated
  • 15% of the qualification 

Future opportunities

This qualification Is ideal for those students wishing to pursue a professional career in the sports industry or wishing to gain greater insight Into exercise and human performance. It would be the Ideal course to lead into a respected higher education sporting establishment to continue to study at foundation or undergraduate degree level. Depending on the combination of A level subjects, students may go on to study degrees in physical education, sports science, physiotherapy, sports development, sports nutrition, sports coaching or strength and conditioning. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heathcote School & Science College directly.

Last updated date: 15 December 2016
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