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Physical Education

Course requirements 

Physical Education 5 and two GCSE science 5.

Course description 

If you have a keen interest in all aspects of sport from anatomy and physiology to nutrition and you compete in a sport at club level, then A Level PE could be the course for you. A Level Physical Education at Attleborough Academy Norfolk follows the AQA exam board which is made up in both years of 70% theory and 30% practical.

AS Components

The theory elements of the course are made up of:

  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Sport and Society
  • Biomechanical movement
  • Sport psychology
  • Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport. 

A2 Components

Throughout year 12, students will continue to develop their knowledge in the components taught at AS as well as looking at Biomechanical movement. 

Assessment 

AS Assessment

Students will take a two hour written exam (Factors Affecting Participation in Physical Activity) which will follow the following format. Section A: Applied Physiology. Section B: Skill acquisition and sports psychology. Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport. The exam is made up of multiple choice, short answers and extended writing. The exam element makes up 70% of the AS grade.

Alongside this, students will also be assessed as a performer or a coach in a full sided version of one activity and a written/verbal analysis of performance. This will be externally assessed by the exam board and is worth 30% of the AS Level. 

A2 Assessment

In year 13 students will sit two, two hours exams each worth 35% of the A Level. The first exam will cover 3 sections, Section A: Applied Anatomy and Physiology, Section B: Skill Acquisition, Section C: Sport and society.

The second exam will cover a further three sections: Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics. Section B: Sports Psychology and Section C: Sport society and technology in sport. The exam will follow the same format as the AS exam.

Alongside this, students will also be assessed as a performer or a coach in a full sided version of one activity and a written/verbal analysis of performance. This will be externally assessed by the exam board and is worth 30% of the A Level.

The A level course is delivered through theory lessons across all areas. Students are required to compete personal study and research in each of the topics studied. We require that all students who embark on this course are regularly participating and competing in one sport.

In both AS and A2 courses students are expected to contribute to KS3 PE lessons to develop their more in depth knowledge of performance, analysis, evaluation and corrective practices. 

Progression 

University courses:

  • BSc Hons Sport Science
  • BSc Hons Sports Studies
  • BA   QTS Physical Education
  • BEd Hons Physical Education
  • BA Leisure and Tourism
  • BSc Physiotherapy

Employment opportunities:

  • PE teacher
  • Sport Scientist
  • Coach
  • Leisure Industry
  • Physiotherapist
  • Sports massage
  • Sports Injury
  • Sports management
  • Sports Administrator
  • Professional Sports Person.