Why choose this subject:

This subject is for candidates who enjoy sport from both a practical and theoretical capacity and want to build on experience from Key Stage 3 and GCSE. The specification offers students the opportunity to experience and develop an interest in a variety of roles in sport such as performer, official and/or leader/coach at AS and then be able to specialise in one at A2 as well as investigating in depth the physiological. psychological and sociological aspects of Physical Education

Entry requirements:                                                               B grade or above at GCSE
Combine this course with:                                                     Biology, Sociology,
Essential if you go on to:                                                       Sports Science, Physical Education Teaching, Physiotherapy

Expectations of the students

The course is demanding both physically and academically. Students must maintain a high level of physical fitness to meet the practical demands of the course. Students will maintain these levels mostly in their own time and also take up the availability of the use of sports facilities/clubs in school.

Special Requirements

Students are expected to participate in some form of physical activity outside school at a competitive level, usually specialising in a single sport and being a member of a club/team or sporting organisation which complements their performance.

AS Course Description

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)

 

What’s assessed?

Students are assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity as well as a written/verbal analysis of performance.

How it’s assessed

  • Internal assessment, external moderation
  • 90 marks (30% of AS)

 

A2 Course Description

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)

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)

 

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)

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)

 

What’s assessed?

Students are assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity as well as a written/verbal analysis of performance.

How it’s assessed

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