AS/A2 Physical Education at Sandringham School
It is important that students are aware of the academic make up of this course. 60% of the course is assessed through an examination. The majority of your lessons will be theory based because the increase in knowledge that is required from GCSE to AS Level is so great. You will need to learn how to apply the theory to practical examples. The theory aspect of the AS course will be taught in 3 separate areas. These are;
- Socio-cultural and historical aspects of physical activity
- Anatomy and physiology
- Acquiring movement skills
Each of the 3 areas is very different and it is common that you find one unit easier than the others, depending on whether you are strong in the scientific aspect or you have a strong interest within history, sociology and the development of sport.
The course has changed and it is important you are performing or officiating to a high and competitive level in order to achieve well in the practical aspect.
The students who excel in this course are the ones who are motivated to learn more. They develop their understanding of the areas that we cover in lessons in their own time in order to cement learning. Only if you are prepared to put in 4 / 5 hours of work at home a week will you develop the understanding of the theory that allows you to apply the ideas to practical examples. Students who achieve well are ones who read around the subject and develop their knowledge and understanding by expanding upon their class notes.
This is worth 40% of the AS grade. You are assessed in 2 activity areas and this is why you must be playing at least one sport to a competitive level outside of school. You could also get assessed in officiating or coaching if you have a qualification in this area.You will also be subject to an analysis of performance interview.
The PE faculty are happy to speak to you about your suitability for the course. However, it is insisted upon by the consortium that you need to have studied GCSE PE and gained at least a B grade overall, including a B on the examination paper and an A on the practical. Also, it is essential for you to have good ability within science because much of this course is very scientific. We expect you to have a real enthusiasm for the study of sport and it is vital that you still take part in competitive sporting activities this may involve coaching or officiating.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sandringham School directly.