A Level P.E -Course Structure

Individual Qualities and Study Demands

Students who choose to study A-Level in Physical Education will be required to carry out independent research into different areas of the topic and have an enthusiasm for reading around the subject area. An ability to work to deadlines, in small groups and individually is a must for this subject.

You are required to have a high interest in the subject and ideally compete and participate regularly in competitive sport.

Content

Assessment

Weighting

Applied anatomy and physiology

Topic headings:

  • Cardiovascular system
  • Respiratoey system
  • Neuromuscular system
  • Movement analysis
  • Energy systems

Skill acquisition:

Topic headings:

  • Classifications of skills
  • Practice for learning
  • Learning and performance
  • Guidance and feedback
  • Information processing

Sport and Society:

Topic headings:

  • Emergence of sport in 21st Century
  • Sport and society
2 Hour exam

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)

35%
Exercise Physiology:

Topic headings:

  • Diet and nutrition in sport
  • Preparation and training methods
  • Injury prevention and rehabilitation
  • Biomechanics

Sport psychology:

Topic headings:

  • Psychological factors that influence individuals in sport
  • Group dynamics
  • Goal setting
  • Attribution theory
  • Confidence
  • Leadership
  • Stress management

Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport :

Topic headings:

  • Concepts of physical activity and sport
  • Development of elite performers
  • Ethics in sport
  • Violence in sport
  • Drugs in sport
  • Sport and the Law
  • Commercialisation
  • Technology
2 Hour exam

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)

35%
Practical Assessment:
Performance in fully competitive context in one sport
Analysis of performance:

  • AS – analyse attack
  • A level – analyse defence and strategy and tactics
Practical:
Videoed evidence of one sport
Analysis:
Written evidence
30%
(15% performance and 15% analysis)


All students will initially follow the full A Level course, however, if required, students may be entered to complete the AS exam at the end of Year 12.

Entry Requirements

C+ in either GCSE PE or science and play regular competitive sport.