A-Level Physical Education (Option Block A)

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What will you be working towards?

Code OLP15
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

Why study Physical Education?

The content has been designed to allow learners to study Physical Education (PE) in an academic setting, enabling them to critically analyse and evaluate their physical performance and apply their experience of practical activity in developing their knowledge and understanding of the subject.

The examined components will provide the knowledge and understanding which underpin the non-exam assessment (NEA). The NEA within this specification allows learners to explore an activity in detail as a performer or coach, chosen from a wide variety of sporting activities. Learners will also analyse and evaluate performance in a chosen activity as part of their NEA.

Details

The A Level Physical Education specification content is divided into four components. Each component is further sub-divided into topic areas and the detailed content associated with those topics. This specification is designed to be co-teachable with the stand-alone AS in Physical Education. 

Component 1 - Physiological Factors Affecting Performance Anatomy and Physiology Exercise Physiology Biomechanics   

 Section A 10 marks, short-answer questions on any topic

 Section B 3x 20 mark questions 1 question per topic – the 20 marks will be broken down into part questions

 Section C 1x 20 mark extended response ‘synoptic’ question which links two or more topics

Component 2 - Psychological Factors Affecting Performance Skill Acquisition Sports Psychology  

Section A 10 marks, short-answer questions on any topic

Section B 2x 20 mark questions 1 question per topic – the 20 marks will be broken down into part questions

Section C 1x 10 mark extended response ‘synoptic’ question which links two or more topics

Component 3 - Socio-cultural and Contemporary Issues Sport, society and technological influences  

Section A 10 marks, short-answer questions on any topic

Section B 2x 20 mark questions on any part of this component The 20 marks will be broken down into part questions

Section C 1x 10 mark extended response ‘synoptic’ question which links two or more topics

Component 4 - Performance within Physical Education  

1) Performance or coaching practical

2) EAPI

How will it be delivered?

Components 1-3 are assessed via written examination papers. Component 4 is NEA, and is internally assessed, externally moderated. The written papers are designed in manageable bite-size chunks rather than massively long papers, thus aiding your teaching and your candidates’ revision.

Entry requirements

A grade 6+ in GCSE PE or at least a Level 2 Merit in an equivalent vocational qualification.

Your next steps...

Careers/Higher Education

This course will prepare learners for the further study of PE or sports science courses as well as other related subject areas such as psychology, sociology and biology. Learners will also develop the transferable skills that are in demand by further education, Higher Education and employers in all sectors of industry.

This specification will create confident, independent thinkers and effective decision makers who can operate effectively as individuals or as part of a team – all skills that will enable them to stand out and effectively promote themselves as they progress through life.