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A Level Physical Education

Head of Academic PE: Mr K Jones BA (Hons) with QTS (Greenwich)
Email: kjones@stedmundscollege.org

This information can be also found in the download at the bottom of this page.

COURSE BREAKDOWN

The purpose of the A Level Physical Education is to give students the opportunity to improve their knowledge and personal skills in the sports and exercises of their choice. In doing so they will also learn about how best to prepare body and mind to maximise performance, as well as gaining an insight into sports in a historical and comparative sense.

· A study of applied anatomy and physiology

· Exercise physiology

· Biomechanics

· Skill acquisition

· Sports psychology

·Through the study of this component, you will gain a deeper understanding of key systems in the body and how they react to changes in diet and exercise. you will also study the effects of force and motion on the body and how these effects can be used in physical activities to our advantage. · Within this unit, you will expand your understanding of the underlying psychological factors that influence our performance in physical activity and sport. You will learn how to apply the theories to practical examples, giving guidance and feedback in constructive ways ; therefore assisting in developing practical performance in physical activity and sport.

 

Component 3: Socio-cultural and Contemporary Issues Component 4: Performance within Physical Education
· Sport and Society

· Contemporary issues within physical activity and sport.

· Performance/coaching of a sport or activity

· The Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement (EAPI).

· This component focuses on the sociological and contemporary issues that influence and affect physical activity and sport for both the audience and the performer and how sport affects society. It includes the emergence and evolution of modern sport and how social and cultural factors shaped the characteristics of sports and pastimes in pre-industrial and post-industrial Britain. · You are required to demonstrate effective performance, the use of tactics or techniques and the ability to observe the rules and conventions under applied conditions. You can be assessed as a performer or coach in one activity.

· In addition to a practical performance, you will be assessed in the EAPI. You will observe a live or recorded performance by a peer, providing a verbal response analysing and critically evaluating their peers’ performance.

 

SPECIFICATION OVERVIEW

The content for A Level in Physical Education is divided into four components. Each component is further subdivided into topic areas and the detailed content associated with those topics. Please find below a breakdown of the course. Further information can be found in the full specification, which is available on the OCR AS/A level Physical Education webpage.

Students will be assessed using internal examinations in the first year of the course and will then sit public examinations at the end of the second year of the course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTENT OVERVIEW ASSESSMENT OVERVIEW PERCENTAGE OF A LEVEL
Applied anatomy and physiology, Excercise Physiology, Biomechanics Physiological factors affecting performance, 90 Marks 2 hour written paper 30% of total A Level
Skill acquisition, Sports psychology Psychological factors affecting performance, 60 Marks 1 hour written paper 20% of total A Level
Sport and Society, Contemporary issues within physical activity and sport Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport, 60 Marks 20% of total A Level
Performance or coaching, The Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for improvement (EAPI) Performance in physical education, 60 Marks, Non-exam assessment 30% of total A Level

COURSE BREAKDOWN

The purpose of the A Level Physical Education is to give students the opportunity to improve their knowledge and personal skills in the sports and exercises of their choice. In doing so they will also learn about how best to prepare body and mind to maximise performance, as well as gaining an insight into sports in a historical and comparative sense.

Component 1: Physiological Factors Affecting Performance Component 2: Psychological and Socio-cultural Themes in PE
· A study of applied anatomy and physiology

· Exercise physiology

· Biomechanics

· Skill acquisition

· Sports psychology

· Through the study of this component, you will gain a deeper understanding of key systems in the body and how they react to changes in diet and exercise. you will also study the effects of force and motion on the body and how these effects can be used in physical activities to our advantage. · Within this unit, you will expand your understanding of the underlying psychological factors that influence our performance in physical activity and sport. You will learn how to apply the theories to practical examples, giving guidance and feedback in constructive ways ; therefore assisting in developing practical performance in physical activity and sport.

 

Component 3: Socio-cultural and Contemporary Issues Component 4: Performance within Physical Education
· Sport and Society

· Contemporary issues within physical activity and sport.

· Performance/coaching of a sport or activity

· The Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement (EAPI).

· This component focuses on the sociological and contemporary issues that influence and affect physical activity and sport for both the audience and the performer and how sport affects society. It includes the emergence and evolution of modern sport and how social and cultural factors shaped the characteristics of sports and pastimes in pre-industrial and post-industrial Britain. · You are required to demonstrate effective performance, the use of tactics or techniques and the ability to observe the rules and conventions under applied conditions. You can be assessed as a performer or coach in one activity.

· In addition to a practical performance, you will be assessed in the EAPI. You will observe a live or recorded performance by a peer, providing a verbal response analysing and critically evaluating their peers’ performance.

WHERE CAN A LEVEL PE TAKE ME?

A Level Physical Education is an excellent base for a university degree in sports science, sports management, healthcare, or exercise and health. Physical Education can also complement further study in biology, human biology, physics, psychology, nutrition, sociology and many more areas.

A Level Physical Education can open up a range of career opportunities including:

  • PE Teacher
  • Sport Coach
  • Sports Development Officer
  • Personal Trainer
  • Gym Manager
  • Physiotherapy
  • Sports Therapist
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Sports Journalist
  • Sports Official
  • Performance Analysis

READING LIST

There is no expectation that students purchase any of the below books; core books are stocked in the department and in the College library. However, students may wish to use some of the texts to enhance and enrich their understanding of the course’s theoretical concepts. The list below is therefore intended to give a flavour of the course and provide a reference point if any topics prove particularly challenging.

Core Text

Honeybourne, J. and Powell, S. (2016) OCR PE for A Level: Book 1. London: Hodder Education.

Honeybourne, J. and Powell, S. (2016) OCR PE for A Level: Book 2. London: Hodder Education.

Further Reading

Cleqq, C. (1995). Exercise physiology and Functional Anatomy. Feltham Press.

Davies, B., Bull, R., Roscoe, J. & Roscoe, D. (2004). Physical Education and the study of sport.

Hardman, K., & Green, K. (2011). Contemporary issues in physical education: Maidenhead: Meyer & Meyer.

Kenny, W., Wilmore, J. & Costill, D. (2015). Physiology of Sport and Exercise(6th edn).  Champaign: Human Kinectics.

Walder, P. (1998) . Mechanics and Sport Performance. Feltham Press.

Useful Links

  • www.brianmac.co.uk
  • http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-physical-education-h154-h554/
  • www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody
  • www.peworld.org
  • www.sportengland.org
  • www.sportscoachuk.org
  • www.sports-media.org
  • www.teachPE.com
  • www.physicaleducation.co.uk
  • www.olymipic.org/uk/index
  • www.sportquest.com/resources

Journals

  • Journal of sports sciences
  • Journal of sport & social issues

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Sport at St Edmunds College

Sport is a very important part of our ethos at St Edmund’s College and we have a “sport for all policy”. We aim to provide positive experiences for our pupils so that they enjoy playing sport at school and more importantly will endeavour to lay the foundations for a life that is healthy and active when they leave.

The PE department aims to promote and stimulate pupil interest and enjoyment in the subject and to promote health and fitness for current and future lifestyle. St Edmund’s offers a choice of over 15 sports and a competitive fixture list in our main team sports.

Students have the opportunity to participate in a sport of their choice twice a week.

Girls

  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Tennis
  • Athletics

Boys

  • Rugby
  • Football
  • Cricket
  • Tennis
  • Athletics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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