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Physical Education

Subject Area: Sports & Leisure
Level: TWO-YEAR A Level
Exam Board: OCR
Syllabus No:

What do I need to study this course?

Grade 4 or above in GCSE Combined Science or a distinction in Level 2 Applied Science, as well as grade 4 or above in GCSE English. You must be involved in regular training or competition and have club standard ability in one sport.


What will I study?

 

This course is assessed by both written examinations and practical performance. You will be assessed as a performer or coach in the full-sided version of one activity. You will also produce a verbal piece of coursework which will analyse and evaluate performance, identify weaknesses with suggested causes, and suggest appropriate corrective measures.

FIRST YEAR OF A LEVEL

• Physiological factors affecting performance: applied anatomy and physiology
• Skill acquisition and psychological factors affecting performance
• Socio-cultural issues in physical activity: sport and society

SECOND YEAR OF A LEVEL

• Physiological factors affecting performance: exercise physiology and biomechanics
• Psychological factors affecting performance
• Socio-cultural issues in physical activity: contemporary issues and sport

Exam weighting:

–  Physiological factors affecting performance: 90 marks, 2 hour paper, 30%
–  Psychological Factors affecting performance: 60 marks, 1 hour paper, 20%
–  Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport: 60 marks, 1 hour paper, 20%
–  Performance in physical education: non-examined assessment, 30%


What next?

PE at Notre Dame encourages students to immerse themselves in the world of sport, with the chance to perform or coach a sport (through the non-exam assessment component), and delve into the how and why of physical activity.

This A level provides an excellent basis for further study or employment within the sport, health and fitness sector.

It is particularly useful for a career or degree course in Health and Exercise Science, Sports Therapy, Sports Management, Teaching PE, Leisure Studies, Physiotherapy, Outdoor Pursuits, Coaching, Sports Technology or Sports Development.