Sport and Physical Education

Awarding body: AQA

Course content and examination requirements:

The Physical Education AS/A2 Level expands on many of the ideas and concepts encountered in GCSE PE. 

The main focus of the subject is on participation and performance in physical activity as part of a balanced, active and healthy lifestyle. The subject involves an academic study of physical activity and its practical performance. Note please: the subject is 70% theory and 30% practical

During the first year you study: applied anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, the acquisition of skill, sports psychology and sport and society. In addition you select and  will be assessed in one practical sport. Students are also required to do an interview involving an analysis of their performance in this sport. In the second year you will continue with topics taught in AS and look at the contemporary issues in physical activity and sport. Students are again assessed in only one practical activity of their choice. and are also required to do an extended interview in their chosen sport, which builds on the analysis done in the first year.

Entry requirements:

In order to be successful at this course you should have gained at least a B grade in English and Maths at GCSE. It is advised that you should have studied GCSE PE and achieved an A in the theoretical component. It is also essential that you enjoy and compete regularly outside of school to a high level in one sport. You should be happy to record all of your achievements and record evidence of your performance throughout the year.

Relevance to further studies and careers:

Where will success take me? The subjects you learn about will be invaluable at a personal level and will help you to be better at sport, no matter what your standard. This A Level can open up a whole number of career options:  Sport Scientist, Physiotherapist, Sport Medicine,  Coach, Sport Psychologist, Nutritionist, PE Teacher, Personal Trainer, Sports Physiotherapist or working for a national governing body.

Will it fit in my life? 

PE goes well with other subjects. If you want a career in sport you might also consider courses like Biology, Chemistry, Physiscs, or Psychology. But no matter what your career ambition, if you are passionate about sport, this course is great to take alongside other subjects.

Make a healthy living :

Sport & fitness is a huge industry and you can be a part of it. If you are keen on sport, you can make a healthy living from your passion. Whether that is working for a football club, as a Personal Trainer at the local gym,  or training to be a Physiotherapist,  Sport’s Analyst, Nutritionist, Sport’s Journalist etc, there are lots of opportunities.  From professional sport through to amateur teams and individuals who just want to get in shape, sport and fitness is a fast-growing business. Best of all, you could be in a career doing something that you love.

 

Teaching staff / further information : Mrs J Healey and Miss E Mac Donald

Equipment required :

Text Book:

AQA A-Level PE. Authors: Carl Atherton, Symond Burrows, Ross Howitt and Sue Young (Editor Mike Murray) 
Publisher: Hodder Education 
ISBN-13: 9781471859564

Hard drive: To record practical evidence

Year 12 - AS Units

Year 13 - A2 Units (full GCE)

Theory

Paper one:Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport

 

What’s assessed

 Section A: Applied physiology

 Section B: Skill acquisition and sports psychology

Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport

 

How it’s assessed

· Written exam: 2 hours

·  • 84 marks

· • 70% of AS Questions

 

Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (28 marks)

Section B: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (28 marks)

Section C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (28 marks)

Theory

Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport

 

 What’s assessed

Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology

Section B: Skill acquisition

Section C: Sport and society

How it’s assessed

Written exam: 2 hours • 105 marks • 35% of A-level

 

Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport

 

What’s assessed

Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics

Section B: Sport psychology

Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport

How it’s assessed

• Written exam: 2 hours • 105 marks • 35% of A-level

Practical Performance

Non-exam assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport ( Evidence gathered throughout)

 

What’s assessed

Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity.

Plus: written/verbal analysis of performance.

 

How it’s assessed

• Internal assessment, external moderation

 • 90 marks

• 30% of AS

Non-exam assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport

 

What’s assessed

Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity

Plus: written/verbal analysis of performance.

 

How it’s assessed

• Internal assessment, external moderation • 90 marks • 30% of A-level