This is an exciting A Level that develops knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to physical education. Students gain understanding of the scientific and socio-cultural factors that underpin physical activity, and demonstrate their ability as either performer or coach.
The course is split into 4 units across the 2 years. Three units form the exam element at the end of the course and are as follows:
Component 01: Physical factors affecting performance.
Applied anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology and biomechanics. Students gain a deeper understanding of key systems in the body and how they react to changes in diet and exercise. They also study the effects of force and motion on the body and how they can be used to our advantage.
Component 02: Psychological factors affecting performance.
Skill acquisition and sports psychology. Students study the models and theories that affect learning and performance in physical activities, how different methods of training and feedback work and why their effectiveness differs from person to person. They also explore the psychological factors that affect group dynamics and the effects of leadership and stress.
Component 03: Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport.
Sport and society and contemporary issues in physical activity and sport. This component focuses on the social and cultural factors that have shaped sports over time, and their influences on physical activity. Students consider the impact of hosting a global sporting event such as the Olympic Games, and the influence of modern technology on both the performer and the spectator of contemporary sport.
This final unit is assessed through a project style written piece of coursework.
Component 04: Performance in physical education.
Students are assessed in the role of either performer or coach in one practical activity. They are required to demonstrate effective performance, the use of tactics or techniques and the ability to observe the rules and conventions under applied conditions.
Students are also assessed in the Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement (EAPI). They observe a live or recorded performance by a peer and provide an oral analysis and critical evaluation of their peer’s performance.