AS/A Level Physical Education

Have you ever wondered...
...why some people can run faster than others?
...how your personality affects your performance?
...how you could become an elite sports performer?
...why people take drugs to enhance their performance?
...how technology can help you?

Study A-Level Physical Education to find out the answers!

Studying A-Level Physical Education will give you a fantastic insight into the amazing world of sports performance. Not only will you have the chance to perform or coach a sport through the non-exam assessment component, you will also develop a wide ranging knowledge into the how and why of Physical activity and sport.
The combination of physical performance and academic challenge provides an exciting opportunity for students. You can perform, and then through the academic study improve your performance or coaching though application of the theory.
Physical Education is studied through a range of different contexts and the impact it has on both ours and other’s everyday lives. You will learn the reasons why we do things, why some people out perform others, mentally and physically. You will also delve into the ethical considerations behind the use of drugs and also the influence that modern technology is having in and on physical activity and sport.

CONTENT OVERVIEW

AS and A Level PE includes the compulsory study of: Applied Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanical Movement, Skill Acquisition, Sports Psychology, Sport and Society and the Role of Technology in Physical Activity and Sport.

Alongside this are the skills of PE which are examined via the NEA component on performance.

AS Physical Education Overview
Component 1: Physiological Factors Affecting Performance
Component 2: Psychological and Socio-cultural Themes in PE
Component 3: Performance within Physical Education

A Level Physical Education Overview
Component 1: Physiological Factors Affecting Performance
Component 2: Psychological and Socio-cultural Themes in PE
Component 3: Socio-cultural and Contemporary Issues
Component 4: Performance within Physical Education

ASSESSMENT OVERVIEW
AS Level Physical Education
Component 1: Physiological Factors Affecting Performance, Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics
1 hour 15 minutes - 70 marks (35%)
Component 2: Psychological and Socio-cultural Themes in PE, Skill Acquisition, Sports Psychology, Sport and Society
1 hour 15 minutes - 70 marks (35%)
Component 3: Psychological and Socio-cultural Themes in PE
60 marks (30%)
1) Performance or coaching practical - 30 marks
2) EAPI - 30 marks

A Level Physical Education
Component 1: Physiological Factors Affecting Performance, Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics
2 hours - 90 marks (30%)
Component 2: Psychological Factors Affecting Performance, Skill Acquisition, Sports Psychology
1 hour - 60 marks (20%)
Component 3: Socio-cultural and Contemporary Issues, Sport, society and technological influences
1 hour - 60 marks (20%)
Component 4: Psychological and Socio-cultural Themes in PE
1 hour - 60 marks (30%)

PROGRESSION PATHWAYS
Are you...
...thinking of becoming a Physiotherapist?
...aiming to manage a Gym?
...wanting to become a Personal Trainer?
...wanting to influence the diet and exercise habits of the nation?
...fascinated by the human body?
...studying other sciences?
...or do you just want to understand the why behind sports performance?

If so, A Level Physical Education is for you.

Thought provoking questions:
• Is the monetary cost of holding the Olympics worth it?
• How much influence does the mind really have over the body?
• If drugs were legal for all what would the sporting world look like?
• Why do we ‘hit the wall’ during exercise?
• Why train SMART?