What is A Level Physical Education?

The study of sport and how it is affected by culture, history, society and how the biomechanical, physiological and psychological make-up of an individual influences performance.

 

What will be studied?

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Skill acquisition
  • Sport and society
  • Exercise physiology
  • Biomechanical movement
  • Sport psychology
  • Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport

 

The A level course:

 

Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport (35% of A Level, 105 marks,  Written exam: 2 hours)

 

What's assessed:

  • Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Section B: Skill acquisition
  • Section C: Sport and society

 

Questions:

  • Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)
  • Section B: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)
  • Section C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)

 

 

Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport (35% of A Level, 105 marks,  Written exam: 2 hours) 

 

What's assessed:

  • Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics
  • Section B: Sport psychology
  • Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport

 

Questions:

  • Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)
  • Section B: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)
  • Section C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)

 

 

 

Non-exam assessment: Practical performace in physical activity and sport (30% of A Level, 90 marks, Internal assessment, external moderation)

 

What's assessed:

  • Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity
  • Plus: writtern/verbal analysis of performance.

 

 

 

 

The course:

Students will study the GCSE PE full course. We follow the Edexcel examining board sepcification. The theory element of the course is worth 60% and the practical element 40%. Therefore we strongly recommend that students who choose the course play at least one sport (from the Edexcel list) ‘to a good standard’ outside of school and play a different sport in or for school. Otherwise they will struggle to gain many marks form the practical part of the course and may therefore not succeed overall. A commitment and dedication to PE and sport both in and out of school is very important.

 

The theory part of the course is split into two units and is worth 60% in total.

 

Component 1: Fitness and Body Systems

- Topic 1: Applied anatomy and physiology

- Topic 2: Movement analysis

- Topic 3: Physical training

- Topic 4: Use of data

 

Assessment:

- This unit is assessed through an externally set examination.
- The examination is 1 hour and 45 minutes. The exam is worth 36% of the qualification and 90 marks are available.

 

Component 2 - Health and Performance

- Topic 1: Health, fitness and wellbeing

- Topic 2: Sport Psychology

- Topic 3: Socio-Cultural influences

- Topic 4: Use of data

 

Assessment:

- This unit is assessed through an externally set examination.
- The examination is 1 hour and 15 minutes. The exam is worth 24% of the qualification and 70 marks are available.

 

Practical Performance

All students need to offer three performance/sports from the Edexcel list. One of these must be a team sport, one an individual and the other either team or individual. For example; Football, Badminton and Cricket OR Netball, Swimming and Athletics.

 

Assessment:

This unit is externally moderated. The total raw mark available is 35. Students are likely to have to video their own performances

 

Students will also complete a controlled assessment known as a Personal Exercise Programme (PEP). This will be based on a sport of their choice and will be written in school around their own concepts of this sport.

How is PE taught?

Students will have 1 hour of PE each week and will be taught in single-sex lessons. Students also have the opportunity to study the Sports Leaders Level 1 Award during one of their lessons.

 

Sports & activities covered:

Students may study the following physical activities:

- Autumn/Spring Terms: Cross-Country, Trampettes/Trampolining, Lacrosse, Handball, Table Tennis, Health Related Fitness (Rowing, Aerobics, Outdoor Training, Circuit Training), Netball, Football, Basketball, Badminton, Rugby, Volleyball.

- Summer Term: Athletics, Rounder's, Cricket, Softball and Tennis.

 

 

Sports Leaders Level 1 Award:

The Level 1 Award in Sports Leadership provides the ideal starting point for learners who wish to develop their leadership skills, whilst under the direct supervision of their Tutor/Assessor or other suitably qualified adult. The syllabus is designed to develop generic leadership skills that can be applied to a variety of sports and/or recreational situations as well as contributing to the personal development of the learner. The Level 1 Award in Sports Leadership is a practical qualification in which learners must demonstrate their ability to lead others in simple sport/activity.

 

Skills:

Students will:

- Aim to develop their practical skills in a wide choice of activities.
- Develop their technical and tactical ability and understanding of a wide range of sports and activities.
- Improve their confidence and self-esteem.
- Develop their teamwork, commitment, enthusiasm and communication skills.
- Develop a greater understanding of healthy lifestyles.
- Plan, perform and lead a warm up for themselves and others in a variety of sports and activities.
- Develop, broaden and apply their range of skills and tactics in each sport or activity they participate in.
- Demonstrate a greater understanding of the associated rules and tactics in each sport.
- Be able to evaluate their own and others performances through observation and analysis.

 

 

Assessment:

Students will be assessed through:

- Their practical performance in terms of technical ability, knowledge and understanding.
- Their ability to evaluate their own and others performances.
- Their knowledge and understanding of rules/tactics.
- Their effort and behaviour.

 

 

Equipment:

- Indoor activities – Black shorts, white T-shirts, black socks and trainers.

- Outdoor activities –Black shorts, white T-shirt, black socks, rugby tops/red jumpers, trainers/boots.

- Other possible kit – Plain black tracksuit bottoms, gum shield, shin pads, hair bobbles.

How is PE taught?

Students will have 1 hour of PE each week and will be taught in single-sex lessons. 

 

Sports & activities covered:

Students may study the following physical activities:

- Autumn/Spring Terms: Cross-Country, Trampettes/Trampolining, Lacrosse, Handball, Table Tennis, Health Related Fitness (Rowing, Aerobics, Outdoor Training, Circuit Training), Netball, Football, Basketball, Badminton, Rugby, Volleyball.

- Summer Term: Athletics, Rounder's, Cricket, Softball and Tennis.

 

 

 

Skills:

Students will:

- Aim to develop their practical skills in a wide choice of activities.
- Develop their technical and tactical ability and understanding of a wide range of sports and activities.
- Improve their confidence and self-esteem.
- Develop their teamwork, commitment, enthusiasm and communication skills.
- Develop a greater understanding of healthy lifestyles.
- Plan, perform and lead a warm up for themselves and others in a variety of sports and activities.
- Develop, broaden and apply their range of skills and tactics in each sport or activity they participate in.
- Demonstrate a greater understanding of the associated rules and tactics in each sport.
- Be able to evaluate their own and others performances through observation and analysis.

 

 

Assessment:

Students will be assessed through:

- Their practical performance in terms of technical ability, knowledge and understanding.
- Their ability to evaluate their own and others performances.
- Their knowledge and understanding of rules/tactics.
- Their effort and behaviour 

 

 

Equipment:

- Indoor activities – Black shorts, white T-shirts, black socks and trainers.

- Outdoor activities –Black shorts, white T-shirt, black socks, rugby tops/red jumpers, trainers/boots.

- Other possible kit – Plain black tracksuit bottoms, gum shield, shin pads, hair bobbles.

How is PE taught?

PE is taught in 'Single Sex Lessons'.

 

Sports & activities covered:

Students may study the following physical activities:

- Autumn/Spring Terms: Gymnastics, Dance, Health Related Fitness (Rowing, Aerobics, Outdoor Training, Circuit Training), Netball, Football, Basketball, Badminton, Rugby, Volleyball.

- Summer Term: Athletics, Rounder's, Cricket, Softball and Tennis.

 

Skills:

Students will:

- Plan, perform and lead a warm up for themselves and others in a variety of sports and activities.
- Develop, broaden and apply their range of skills and tactics in each sport or activity they participate in.
- Demonstrate their greater understanding of the associated rules and tactics in each sport.
- Have a greater knowledge and understanding of key terminology and aspects of sports and activities so that they can further evaluate performances.

 

Assessment:

Students will be assessed through:

- Their practical performance.
- Their ability to evaluate their own and others performances.
- Their knowledge and understanding of rules/tactics.
- Their ability to plan sequences, choreography and effectively adapt their performance both tactically and technically in order to outwit opponents.

 

 

Equipment:

- Indoor activities – Black shorts, white T-shirts, black socks and trainers.

- Outdoor activities –Black shorts, white T-shirt, black socks, rugby tops/red jumpers, trainers/boots.

- Other possible kit – Plain black tracksuit bottoms, gum shield, shin pads, hair bobbles.