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Physical Education A Level at Truro and Penwith College

Course description

AS Level - This gives an introduction to physical education, including anatomy and physiology, acquisition of skills, and sport and society relating to participation in physical activity. The aim is to ensure that all the basic concepts are covered and then be able to apply these to practical situations to enhance performance and skill level. The practical element of the course is covered through Non–Exam Assessment (NEA): Practical Performance in Physical Activity and Sport. This includes a practical assessment and written coursework in one activity as a performer or coach.

A2 Level - The second year of the course further develops the principles learnt in year one and covers the topics of applied physiology, biomechanics and technology in sport. The NEA component in the second year of study includes assessment in one practical activity as either a performer or coach and must be linked to the full competitive sporting environment. You will also complete a written coursework component based on a self-analysis of key skills in the chosen activity area.

Course content

AS Level:

Paper 1: Factors Affecting Participation in Physical Activity and Sport (70% of AS mark)

  • Section A: Applied Physiology. Multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (28 marks)
  • Section B: Skill Acquisition and Sports Psychology. Multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (28 marks)
  • Section C: Sport and Society and Technology in Sport. Multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (28 marks)

Non-Exam Assessment (NEA) (30% of AS): Practical performance in physical activity and sport. You will be assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity. Plus, producing a written analysis of performance.

A2 Level:

Paper One: Factors Affecting Participating in Physical Activity and Sport (35% of A Level)

  • Section A: Applied Anatomy and Physiology. Multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)
  • Section B: Skill Acquisition. Multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)
  • Section C: Sport and Society. Multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)

Paper Two: Factors Affecting Optimal Performance in Physical Activity and Sport (35% of A Level)

  • Section A: Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics. Multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)
  • Section B: Sports Psychology. Multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)
  • Section C: Sport and Society and Technology in Sport. Multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)

Non-Exam Assessment (NEA) (30% of A Level): Practical performance in physical activity and sport. You will be assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity. Plus, producing a written analysis of performance.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade C or above. Successful A Level candidates should achieve a grade A or B in a number of relevant GCSE subjects including Science. Students should also be competing regularly in one sports activity ideally at or above county standard or equivalent (and named on the PE list of activities).

Assessment

You will be taught and assessed using a variety of different methods including formal lectures, class activities, set homework, exam preparation and individual research. Formal assessment is as follows:

  • AS Level: 1 written exam of 2 hours 70% - practical and written coursework assessment 30%
  • A2 Level: 2 written exams of 2 hours each 70% - practical and written coursework assessment 30%

Future opportunities

Students who successfully complete the assessment for AS Level during the first year will be eligible to progress to A2 Level in the second year. 

Further possibilities include Truro and Penwith College’s Higher Education courses in Sports Coaching, Sports Therapy and Exercise Health and Fitness. Future careers include; teaching, coaching, physiotherapy, sports retail, sports therapy, journalism, sport administration in leisure and sports development.

Further information

At least six hours of independent study time per week.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Truro and Penwith College directly.

Last updated date: 15 June 2016

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