Physical Education

Qualification: A-Level

Awarding Body:
AQA
Length of Course:
2 Years

 

The course is built around the following 4 areas

1 Candidates should demonstrate knowledge and understanding of factors that underpin performance and involvement in physical activity and sport.

2 Candidates should apply knowledge and understanding of factors that underpin performance and involvement in physical activity and sport.

3 Candidates should analyse and evaluate factors that underpin performance and involvement in physical activity and sport.

4 Candidates should demonstrate and apply relevant skills and techniques in physical activity and sport. Analyse and evaluate performance.

 

Year 12

AS level

At AS, this specification will develop knowledge and skills to help understand the factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport. Candidates are assessed as a player/performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity.

Component 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport

TOPICS:

  • Applied physiology
  • Skill acquisition and sports psychology
  • Sport and society and technology in sport

 

Assessment 

Component 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport

Written paper (70% of AS), 2 hours.

A combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions is assessed.

Component 2: Non-exam assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport

Internal assessment with external moderation (30% of AS).

  • Students are assessed as a player/performer or coach in the full context of one activity.
  • Written or verbal analysis and evaluation of either their own or the performance of another.
  • Students can only be assessed in activities listed in the specification.

 

Year 13

A level

At A2, the specification enables candidates to further develop their understanding of factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport and factors affecting optimal performance

in physical activity and sport. Candidates are assessed as a player/performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity.

Component 1: Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport

TOPICS:

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Sport and Society

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

TOPICS:

  • Exercise physiology and biomechanics
  • Sports psychology
  • Sport and society and technology in sport

 

Assessment 

Component 1: Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport

Written paper – 2 hours (35% of A-Level)

A combination of multiple-choice, short answer and extended writing questions is assessed.

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

Written paper – 2 hours (35% of A-Level)

A combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions is assessed.

Component 3: Practical performance in physical activity and sport

Students are assessed as a player/performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity (30% of A-Level)

15% of the non-exam assessment is a written or verbal analysis and evaluation of performance.

15% of the non-exam assessment is through internal practical assessment and an external moderation.

 

Relevance to Further Studies and Careers

There are tens of thousands of people who work in, and owe their living to sport. Through coaching and teaching, outdoor pursuits, professional sport podiatry, leisure management, sports medicine, sports development and sports coaching, sports psychology, sports physiology, sports massage, therapy and rehabilitation, sports dieticians, journalism, sports science, physiotherapy, public relations, administration and management. The world of sport offers a rich variety of interesting and rewarding career opportunities.

Entry Requirements

It is recommended that students wishing to embark on A-Level PE have a minimum of Grade 6 from GCSE PE and Grade 5 Biology and be able to demonstrate significant evidence of a commitment to school and club level sport, from the specified activity list.

Further Information

Specifications for GCSE provide a firm foundation for all topics leading to
AS and Advanced Physical Education.