Physical Education A-Level
Importance of Physical Education
It is really important that we promote competitive support in schools, and that we underpin this by good quality physical education and by getting people into patterns of exercise. - Sebastian Coe
Component 1 is Physiological factors affecting performance. This part of the course is worth 30% of the overall grade. Topics that will be covered include applied anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology and biomechanics. The final exam for this section is a 90 mark paper that you have two hours to complete.
Component 2 is Psychological factors affecting performance which is worth 20% of the overall grade. This part of the course will cover skill acquisition & sports psychology. The final exam for this section is a 60 mark paper that you have one hour to complete.
Component 3 is Socio-cultural activities in physical activity and sport which is worth 20% of the overall grade. This part of the course will cover sport & society and contemporary issues in physical activity & sport. The final exam for this section is a 60 mark paper that you have one hour to complete.
Component 4 is Performance in physical education which is worth 30% of the overall grade. This part of the course will cover either practical performance or sports coaching and evaluation & analysis of performance for improvement (EAPI). This will be assessed by your teacher and then moderated at a later date. You will either compete in one sport, or coach a sport and then be graded by your teacher. The EAPI is a 20 minute presentation based upon you watching a performance for your chosen sport and then stating how a certain individual could improve their performance after completing a 12 week training program of your choosing.
Three externally examined papers and two non-examined assessments. Components 1, 2 & 3 will be assessed in May/June in year 13.
Component 4 will be assessed at any point during the course, with marks submitted by the centre.
Future careers linked to this subject:
- Physical / Occupational Therapist
- Physical Education Teacher
- Exercise Science / Sports Medicine
- Sports Management
- Personal Trainer
Achieve a Grade 6 in GCSE Physical Education and/or Grade 6 in Double or Triple Science
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