A LEVEL PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Awarding Body:AQACourse Duration:1/2 Years

Minimum Entry Requirements

5 GCSE’s at Grades A*- C including English and Maths plus Grade C in GCSE Science.

Course Content

Year 1

Theoretical element (worth 70%) involves the study of:

  • Applied Anatomy and Exercise Physiology: musculo-skeletal, cardio-respiratory, neuromuscular, diet, nutrition and training
  • Biomechanical Movement: Newton's Laws, levers and movement analysis
  • Skill Acquisition: theories of learning, skill development, use of guidance and feedback
  • Sport Psychology: group dynamics, psychological factors influencing an individual and their performance
  • Sport and Society: factors leading to the emergence of modern sport and the impact of society
  • The role of technology in physical activity and sport: the use of technology to analyse sport

Practical element (worth 30%) involves:

  • Students are assessed in one practical element as either a player/performer or a coach.

Year 2

Theoretical element (worth 70%):

In addition to the concepts studied in year one, students will study:

  • Applied Anatomy and Exercise Physiology: energy systems, injury prevention and rehabilitation
  • Biomechanical Movement: studies of motion and fluid mechanics
  • Skill Acquisition: models of memory
  • Sport Psychology: leadership, confidence and stress management
  • Sport and Society: ethics in sport, talent identification and commercialism
  • The role of technology in physical activity and sport: development of equipment, facilities andinfluence on the audience

Practical element (worth 30%) involves:

  • Students are assessed in one practical element as either a player/performer or a coach.

Methods of Teaching

Due to the wonderfully diverse nature of the course, a wide variety of teaching and learning styles will be utilised by the teaching staff including group work, individual assignments, presentations and practical work. This will require you to be flexible and to make positive contributions in all aspects of the course.

Your progress is regularly checked, as are your file and notes. Each week, lunchtime workshops are accessible where a member of the teaching staff is available to help with more complex or individual problems. For the practical work you will be assigned to a member of the teaching team for specialist help.

Methods and Patterns of Assessment

You will be required to undertake as part of your assessment two written papers and a practical assessment with relevant evaluation. It would be advisable to read the BTEC Sport course leaflet in addition to this in order to identify the method of assessment most appropriate to you.

Financial Implications

It is recommended that students purchase a textbook (approx cost £20). An A level PE Polo Shirt and a contribution to resource materials will be required (approx. cost £25).

Essential handouts will be provided but students must pay for extra photocopying and materials for note taking.

The College has Student Support Funds for those students who have difficulty meeting any costs incurred.

Career Progression

Physical Education is recognised as an entry qualification for both specialist courses and any other degree course. The subject further equips students with the skills and knowledge for entrance into the world of work. Current careers available within the sporting industry include; Sports Science, Sports Coaching in the UK and abroad, Sports Development, Physical Education Teaching and Sports Therapy amongst others. Subject staff are always available to give you guidance with Higher Education applications and career opportunities within this field.

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