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Physical Education

What does the course involve?

In Year 12 the course consists of 2 modules as follows:

Unit 1: Participation in Sport and Recreation

  • The development of active leisure and recreation
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Effects of exercise - responses and adaptations of the body
  • Systems
  • Fitness and training
  • Fitness assessment
  • The development of competitive sport
  • Performance pathways
  • Lifelong involvement
  • The long-term athlete
Externally assessed , 1hr 30 min writtene exam, 50% of AS level, 25% of total GCE mark

Unit 2: The Critical Sports Performer

  • Personal performance - as either player , leader or official
  • Local study
  • National study
  • Performance analysis

Internally assessed, a portfolio of evidence is required in 4 separate tasks within the unit. Some students will then be assessed by an external moderator.
50% of AS level - 25% of total GCE mark

Students progressing to A2 will follow a similar pattern of 2 modules as follows...

Unit 3: Preparation for Optimum Sports Performance:

Short-term

  • Physiological preparation
  • Psychological preparation
  • Technical preparation
  • Fatigue and the recovery process

Long-term

  • Physiological preparation
  • Psychological preparation
  • Technical preparation

Managing elite performance

  • Centres of excellence
  • Technical support

Externally assessed, 2hr written exam, 50% of A2 level, 25% of total GCE mark

Unit 4: The Developing Sports Performer

  • Development plan – in the role of either player, leader or official.
  • Progressive participation - in the role of either player, leader or official.
  • International study
  • Life Plan

Internally assessed, students will then be assessed by an external moderator.  50% of A2 level, 25% of total GCE mark

How Do I Prepare For AS and A2 Physical Education?

It is not a requirement that you should have studied PE at GCSE level in order to take A Level PE. Several topics covered in the course are developments of work covered at GCSE but others are new. What is important is that you should have a lively and enquiring mind and an interest in Physical Education and sport.  Maintain your levels of performance in your particular sport and train hard, aim to be involved with a club where possible.

Future Prospects

Traditional careers which involve sport are; Teaching, Physiotherapy, Coaching & Fitness Training, Psychology, Armed Forces & Sports Instructors.