A Level Physical Education
Exam Board: AQA
The A-level specifications in physical education aims to equip students with both a depth and breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills relating to scientific, socio-cultural and practical aspects of physical education. This course aims to:
- Develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance
- Understand how physiological and psychological states affect performance
- Understand the key socio-cultural factors that influence people’s involvement in physical activity and sport
- Understand the role of technology in physical activity and sport
- Refine their ability to perform effectively in physical activity and sport by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas
- Develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance
- Understand the contribution which physical activity makes to health and fitness
- Improve as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with curious and enquiring minds.
AS and A Level: subject content includes:
- Applied anatomy and physiology
- Skill acquisition
- Sport and society
- Exercise physiology
- Biomechanical movement
- Sport psychology
- Sport in society and the role of technology in physical activity
AS Exams and Assessment
Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport. 2 hour written exam, 35% of A level.
Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology
Section B: Skill acquisition
Section C: Sport and society
Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport. 2 hour written exam, 35% of a level
Non-exam assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport. Students assessed as a performer or a coach in the full-sided version of the one activity. Plus verbal/written analysis of performance. Assessed internally and then externally moderated. 30% of a level
Teachers and Teaching
Practical Work: In order to achieve high grades in this unit it is expected that pupils will be participating in regular practices and competitive situations within their chosen sport inside and outside of school where appropriate.
Theory Lessons: will consist of discussion work, individual research, presentations, the interpretation and analysis of information and practical tasks. Teachers are Mrs Wheelhouse and Miss Lister.
University Courses and Careers
Physical Education has many transferable skills, which universities will be looking for in applicants. You can also go on to study a sport or leisure related course at university such as Exercise Physiology, Sport Psychology, Physiotherapy, Personal training, Sports Management and Coaching and Biomedical Sciences or other sports related degrees.
There are numerous career opportunities following an A Level in PE including: Sports scientist, physiotherapist, PE teacher, professional sports person, sports coach, diet and fitness instructor, personal trainer.