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Physical Education (Sports) A Level at Darrick Wood School

Course description

Applied anatomy and physiology, Skill acquisition, Sport and society, Exercise physiology, Biomechanical movement, Sport psychology, Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport. In order to facilitate the best possible practical grade students will be expected to be participating regularly in a sport activity which is listed in AQA’s approved activity list for A level Physical Education. Students will also need to provide video evidence of their practical performance in a full context version of that particular activity. Expectations are that everyone works to their maximum capabilities both in a practical and theoretical capacity.

Course content

Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport
Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology
Section B: Skill acquisition
Section C: Sport and society
Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport
Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics
Section B: Sports psychology
Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport
Non Examination Assessment: Practical performance and coursework

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in the Theory component of GCSE PE (overall grade must also be 6 or above)
Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics
Grade 5 in GCSE Biology (or two grade 5s in Combined Science)


Paper 1: Written examination 2 hours, 105 marks is 35% of A level
Paper 2: Written examination 2 hours, 105 marks is 35% of A level
Non-examination assessment: Practical Performance in physical activity and sport, 90 marks is 30% of A level. Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full-sided version of one: Practical Performance in physical activity and sport activity plus written/verbal analysis of performance. Internal assessment, external moderation.

Future opportunities

A good grade in this subject will help you compete for any job or university place.
Specialist areas of work could include; teaching, coaching, physiotherapy, sports psychology, strength & conditioning, a variety of jobs in the leisure and recreation industry, sports journalism, occupational therapy and outdoor activities.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 November 2018
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  • Start date: Next September


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