Sport & Physical Education at The Hollyfield School and Sixth Form Centre
This course follows the AQA specification, There are four units in total. Two units in Year 12
- opportunities for and the effects of leading a healthy lifestyle
- analysis and evaluation of physical activity as a performer and /or in an adtopted role.
Two units in Year 13
- optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within sport
- optimising practical performance in a competitive sitauation
AS Course: The course is made up of 2 Modules one of which is coursework.
Unit 1: Opportunities for and the effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle.
• 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 on performance
• Opportunities for physical activity, benefits to the individual and society and the potential barriers faced by minority groups.
Assessment: Written Paper: 2 hours. Weighting: 60% of total AS Level marks.
Unit 2: Analysis and evaluation of physical activity as performer and/or in an adopted role/s.
• Execution of skills/techniques in two roles (performer, official/referee/umpire/judge or leader/coach) in a chosen physical activity
• Analysis of own performance
• Application of theoretical knowledge to achieve effective performance
Assessment: Internal assessment with external moderation: 100 marks. Weighting: 40% of total A/S Level marks A2 Course: The grade from AS is carried forward and accounts for 50% of the final A level grade.
Unit 3: Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within sport.
• Energy sources and systems
• Elite preparation and training
• Specialised training and sports injuries
• The use of psychological theories and techniques 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 rational recreation to its modern day format.
Assessment: Written Paper- 2 hours (84 marks). Weighting: 30% of total A Level marks.
Unit 4: Philosophical Problems Topic list
• Optimising performance in competitive or performance conditions in one role
• Evaluation of own performance in identifying weaknesses
• Suggesting cause of own weakness and an appropriate corrective measure
Assessment: Internal assessment with external moderation: 120 marks. Weighting: 20% of total A Level marks.
Minimum grade B in PE or B in Science.
For AS there is a two hour written exam (60%) and an external moderation of your practical performance (40%).
For A2 there is a two hour written exam (60% and an exteranl moderation of your practical performance (40%).
PE students go on to a wide range of university courses and careers. Sports Science degree courses are obviously popular but there are opportunities to be a professional athlete or player, work as part of a sports medical team, be employed as a sports psychologist, physiologist, nutritionalist, personal trainer or as a coach or manager. You could also become a sports journalist, work for a professional sports club as a marketing manager or as a designer of the latest sports equipment and clothing. These professions may be more relevant to the elite level of performance but there is a huge issue surrounding the health of our nation and there will be many opportunities created to try to and improve fitness and health over the next few years. Some students even go on to be PE teachers or run activity centers for children and adults. Most universities welcome students with Sport and PE A-Levels onto a wide range of courses and many students will go into completely unrelated careers.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Hollyfield School and Sixth Form Centre directly.