Physical Education

Examination Board

AQA

Specific Course Requirements

Students must have at least Grade ‘B’ or above in Double Science at GCSE.   PE GCSE is desirable and should be a Grade ‘B’ or above.

Course Content

‘A’  Level

This course is largely theory based.
1.Applied anatomy and physiology
2. Skill acquisition
3. Sport and society
4. Biomechanical movement
5. Sport psychology
6. Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport.
Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport.

What is assessed?

Section A – Applied anatomy and physiology (35 marks).
Section B –Skill acquisition (35 marks).
Section C –Sport and society (35 marks).

How it is assessed

Written exam: 2 hours
Total: 105 marks
35% of ‘A’ Level

Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport.

What is assessed?

Section A –Exercise physiology and biomechanics (35 marks)
Section B –Sports psychology (35 marks)
Section C – Sport and society and technology in sport (35 marks)

How it is assessed

Written exam: 2 hours
Total: 105 marks
35% of ‘A’ Level

Practical performance in physical activity and sport

What is assessed?

Students are assessed as a player/performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity
15% of non-exam assessment plus
Written/verbal analysis and evaluation of performance
15% of non-exam assessment

How it is assessed

Internal assessment, external moderation
Total: 90 marks
30% of  ‘A’ Level
 

What could I do with a qualification in this subject?

GCSE PE is a very popular subject in Key Stage 4 and this course provides students the opportunity to study the subject in more depth.  Due to the flexibility of the course, it is not essential to be an
outstanding athlete but a good Science background is vital. For those students wishing to pursue a career in this field, this course can form the basis of many Higher Education courses such as Sport Science, Sport Physiotherapy and Leisure and Recreation Management.  Sport and Leisure is a fast growing industry, offering many diverse career opportunities.

The most commonly asked questions about this course are:

Do I have to be great at sport?

It obviously helps to be good at performing, but you can also be assessed in coaching a sport or activity.

How many teachers will I have for PE?

You will have three teachers. One for each section; Psychology, Anatomy & Physiology and Historical and social aspects.