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Physical Education at Tring School

Course description

Awarding Body: AQA

Option Block: B

AS/A2 Level Physical Education is a challenging course which in recent years has achieved the distinction it deserves. The theory syllabus covers the scientific, socio-cultural and environmental factors which influence Physical Education. This includes topics as diverse as exercise physiology, psychology and historical studies.

The theory part of the course is examined with the coursework/practical elements being assessed internally. The syllabus stresses the importance of being able to translate the theoretical work into performing and coaching situations and being able to critically evaluate these areas.

Why should I study Physical Education?

* You want to continue your interest in Physical Education into the Sixth Form

* It is interesting and enjoyable

* It has a practical element and coursework

* It relates well to other AS/A2 Levels particularly in the social and natural sciences

* An Advanced Level in PE is rapidly becoming an essential qualification for specialist study in Physical Education or Sports Studies in higher education and it is also a suitable qualification for other areas of study

* You have a good practical ability in one or more sports/activities

* You play for a school team or participate regularly in an activity outside of school.

* You have studied GCSE PE and want to progress further in this subject

* You have an interest in coaching and/or officiating and have gained the JSLA award.

Course content

AS Level Coursework (Year 1)

Unit 1: Opportunities for the effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle. topics include applied exercise physiology, skill acquisition and opportunities for participation.

Unit 2: Analysis and evaluation of physical activity as a performer and in adopted roles. This includes assessments in practical performances, officiation and coaching.

* Practical demonstration of skills and game situations within a chosen activity.

* Demonstration of ability to adopt another role within a chosen activity (eg. coach, umpire).

A2 Level Coursework (Year 2)

Unit 3: Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within sport. Topics include applied physiology to optimise performance, psychological aspects that optimise performance and evaluating the contemporary influences.

Unit 4: Optimising practical performance in a competitive situation. This includes assessments in practical performances and written assessments in analysing and critically evaluating your own or others performances and suggesting appropriate corrective practices.

* The A2 coursework is an analysis and critical evaluation of their own weaknesses in their chosen sport. Within this, candidates are expected to demonstrate their understanding of how principles and concepts relate across all areas of the subject.

* Practical demonstration of skills and game situations within a chosen activity.

Entry requirements

B or above in GCSE Physical Education

In Year 13 a grade E or above is required in the AS theory paper (not the overall mark)



Unit 1: 60% of AS and 30% of A2 grades which is examined through a 2 hour written paper.

Unit 2: 40% of AS and 20% of A2 grades which is examined through practical, coaching and officiating assessments. These are internally assessed throughout the year and externally moderated.


Unit 3: 30% of A2 grade which is examined through a 2 hour written examination.

Unit 4: 20% of A2 grade which is examined through practical performance in a chosen activity and a written assignment which evaluates a performance within that activity and suggests corrective practices. These are internally assessed throughout the year and externally moderated.

Financial information

Students will be expected to purchase the course text books for the AS and the A2 course.

AS book: AQA Physical Education AS - Bevis and Murray ISBN: 978 14085 00156

A2 book: AQA Physical Education A2 - Bevis and Murray ISBN: 978 14085 00163

Future opportunities

This qualification will enable students to gain entry into University courses leading to careers in: Physical Education Teaching, Physiotherapy, Coaching, Sports Psychology, Sports Development, Exercise Physiology and Research Science, Leisure Industry, Fitness/Personal Trainer



How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 November 2012
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year