Physical Education

Physical education

(AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in Physical Education)

WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?

Learners take all components over a 2 year period to be awarded the AQA A Level in Physical
Education.

Paper 1
(Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport)
(2 hours – 105 Marks – 35% of A Level):
Each section contains 35 Marks and is a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and extended
writing on each of the following topics:
Section A : Applied anatomy and physiology
Section B: Skill acquisition
Section C: Sport and society

Paper 2
(Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport)
(2 hours – 105 Marks – 35% of A Level):
Each section contains 35 Marks and is a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and extended
writing on each of the following topics:
Section A : Exercise physiology and biomechanics
Section B: Sport psychology
Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport

Non-exam assessment
(Practical performance in physical activity and sport)
(Internal assessment, external moderation – 90 Marks – 30% of A Level):
Students are assessed in one activity in the role of a performer or coach. You will be assessed in 3
areas of practial perfomance and must provide video evidence from competitive performances (45
marks). This will be internally assessed and then moderated by AQA.
A verbal/written analysis of your performance in your chosen sport will need to be provided (45
Marks). It is here that you will apply knowlege and understanding of theories, concepts principles
and methods of physical activities and performance.

What qualifications do I need?

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. It is equally important that you maintain your levels of performance
in your particular sport. You should aim to be involved with a club in your choosen sport and seek
to improve your performance over the 2 years.

FUTURE PROSPECTS

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