Awarding body: AQA
Level: 3 A level
Course-specific entry requirements:
5 GCSEs at A*-C including Dual Award or single subject Science. (GCSE PE or BTEC First in Sport is preferable). Participation in one sport named on the syllabus to high standard.
The course includes:
- Learning about Physical Activity: This is the theory aspect of the course where you will acquire and apply an understanding of sports nutrition, sport physiology and sports psychology. In addition, you will consider current contemporary issues such as the impact of the use of ergogenic aids, hooliganism and the increasing commercialisation of sport.
- Students’ theoretical knowledge will be enhanced by visits to Chester and Liverpool John Moores Universities where students will experience a range of fitness tests, biomechanics seminars and lectures.
- Students will gain valuable knowledge through guest speakers from Lucozade Sport, USA Sports Scholarship advisors and trips to the Career in Sport and Leisure Conference and The Manchester Velodrome.
- Learning through Physical Activity: During this practical-based element of the course, you will learn about exercise physiology and skill acquisition in practical situations: how can we maximise our performance using our knowledge and understanding of sport?
- Learning in Physical Activity: This is the practical aspect of the course where you will experience and develop an interest in a variety of key roles in sport including performing, officiating and/or coaching. At AS you will do two of these and then specialise in one at A2.
Year 12 AS Level Overview
|Term 1||Term 2||Term 3|
|Badminton Officiating & Skills and abilities
Applied Exercise Physiology and skill acquisition in practical situations
Concepts of leisure and Provision of sport School sports and organisations in UK sport
Analysis of movement and Levers
|Information Processing and theories of learning
History of Sport & Barriers to participation
Health, exercise and fitness & Nutrition
|Recap and revision of all topic areas
Year 13 A Level Overview
|Term 1||Term 2||Term 3|
|Energy systems and Muscle Fibres
Specialised training, Supplements in Sport, Arousal & Anxiety
Personality, Achievement motivation, Confidence, Attitude and Aggression
|Commercialisation and current day sport, Organisations in UK Sport and World Games
Sports Injuires, Mechanics of movement, Leadership and group dynamics
History of Sport & Deviance and the law in sport
|Recap and revision of the topic areas
60% of your AS mark comes from a 2 hour written exam in June and 40% comes from assessment of your ability to complete two roles from performing, officiating and coaching.
60% of your A2 mark comes from a 2 hour written exam in June and 20% comes from assessment of students ability to compete in one chosen sport in a competitive situation and 20% from students ability to complete an independent written analysis based on 6 weaknesses from their practical performance.
Students home learning will be focussed on the following two resources, this is a minimum requirement and additional tasks will be set where appropriate:
AS PHYSICAL EDUCATION GLOSSARY BOOKLET: This booklet contains all the key words that are included in the AS PE Specification and is to be used by students as an independent learning tool. This must be filled in by students prior to their lessons on each subject area to show that they have completed their pre-reading. This will then become a vital revision resource to ensure students have covered all areas of the specification.
AS PHYSICAL EDUCATIONEXAM QUESTION HOME LEARNING BOOKLET: This booklet contains a selection of sample exam questions that are included in the AS PE Examination and is to be used by students as an independent learning tool . This must be filled in by students after their lessons to show that they have understood the lesson content. This will then become a vital revision resource to ensure students have covered all areas of the examination.
A2 PHYSICAL EDUCATION EXAM QUESTION HOME LEARNING BOOKLET: This booklet contains a selection of sample exam questions that are included in the A2 PE Examination and is to be used by students as an independent learning tool . This must be filled in by students after their lessons to show that they have understood the lesson content. This will then become a vital revision resource to ensure students have covered all areas of the examination.
A2 PHYSICAL EDUCATION 14 MARK QUESTION BOOKLET: This booklet consists of a variety of sample 14 mark questions, students will be required to answer 3 of these questions in the exam contributing 50% of your overall exam result. This booklet should be used as part of student’s home learning, independent study and revision to best prepare them for the exam.
A2 Coursework: The coursework is an independent study where students must analyse their own performance focussing on 6 areas of weakness in their performance in one sport
|5 ways I can help my son/daughter|
|1||Support your child in attending extra-curricular activities.|
|2||Support your child by encouraging them to attend refereeing and coaching courses in their free time.|
|3||A-Level PE students will need support when producing video evidence of their practical performance to support and evidence their practical grade.|
|4||Support your child by helping them devise a revision timetable or BTEC Sport independent work timetable that allocates specific times and days to focus students on when they must complete assignments/revise.|
|5||Ask your child about their PE coursework/BTEC assignments and help them by proof reading their work to identify grammatical and spelling errors|