LINEAR A-LEVEL COURSE CONTENT

Component One: Physiological factors affecting performance.
    1.1 Applied anatomy and physiology
    1.2 Exercise physiology
    1.3 Biomechanics

Component Two: Psychological factors affecting performance
    2.1 Skill acquisition
    2.2 Sports psychology

Component Three: Socio-cultural issues in physical education and sport.
    3.1 Sport and society
    3.2 Contemporary issues in physical education and sport

Component Four: Performance in physical education
    4.1 Performance or coaching of activity from approved list
    4.2 Evaluation of performance for improvement

WHERE DO I GO TO FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION?

Faculty Leader: Mr M Amos (m.amos@finhampark.co.uk)
Teachers: Mr P Stone (p.stone@finhampark.co.uk),
Miss M Thomas (m.thomas@finhampark.co.uk) or
Miss B Oldfield (b.oldfield@finhampark.co.uk)

WHAT SKILLS WILL I DEVELOP?

The course will enable you to become informed and discerning decision makers in relation to your own and others’ involvement in sporting activities. You will develop the ability to critically evaluate and plan for the improvement of a sporting activity, and increase your physical competence.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO THIS COURSE?

GCSE 5 grades 9-4 plus GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade 4 or above. Grade 5-5 in GCSE Combined Science. Must have an interest in sport and a reasonable level of ability in at least one sporting activity. Study of GCSE/BTEC PE is highly desirable but not essential.

WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT THIS SUBJECT?

This subject will allow you to develop knowledge and understanding of physical activity and performance, in relation to your own physical activity and healthy lifestyle, and sport in a wider context. You will have the opportunity to apply theory to practical performance and develop your potential in a number of activities.

WHAT MIGHT STUDYING THIS COURSE LEAD TO?

There are a wide range of career pathways associated with sports studies, including further study at degree/diploma level (sport and exercise science, sport and business, sport psychology, sports management, sports development, sport and nutrition, sports technology and many more). It can also be useful in careers with children, particularly Physical Education, and some careers in health, especially physiotherapy.

WHAT MIGHT STUDYING THIS COURSE LEAD TO?

There are a wide range of career pathways associated with sports studies, including further study at degree/diploma level (sport and exercise science, sport and business, sport psychology, sports management, sports development, sport and nutrition, sports technology and many more). It can also be useful in careers with children, particularly Physical Education, and some careers in health, especially physiotherapy.

IS THERE ANY COURSEWORK?

AS Physical Education: 30% of AS level

A-Level Physical Education: 30% of A-Level

HOW MANY EXAMS DO I TAKE?

A-Level Physical Education: Physiological factors affecting performance 2 hours, Psychological factors affecting performance 1 hour, Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport 1 hour.