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A Level Physical Education

Are you thinking of becoming a Physiotherapist? Wanting to influence the Diet and Exercise Habits of the nation? Fascinated by the Human Body? Aiming to become a Sports Psychologist? Interested in the History of Sport? Studying other Sciences? Or do you just want to understand the why behind sports performance? If so, A Level PE is for you.

Studying A Level PE opens students' eyes to the amazing world of sports performance. Through the two-year course, students are equipped with the knowledge, understanding and skills to develop their own performance and understand the how and why of physical activity and sport. In the course, Physical Education is studied though a range of different contexts where students will learn the reasons why we do things, why some people outperform others, mentally and physically. Students will also delve into the ethical considerations behind the use of performance enhancing drugs and the influence that modern technology is having in and on physical activity and sport today.

Alongside this, students will be examined in a coursework task which requires them to evaluate and improve performance in physical activity and a practical moderation which includes students’ performing or coaching in one sporting activity. It is important to note that the course does not involve practical lessons, therefore it is an essential requirement for students to be engaging on one sport regularly outside of school.

The breakdown of the A Level PE course is below:

In Year 12, students study the following topics:

Anatomy and Physiology

  • Skeletal System
  • Muscular System
  • Movement Analysis
  • Cardio-Vascular System
  • Respiratory System

Year 12 MTP 1

Year 12 MTP 2

Year 12 MTP 3

Year 12 MTP 4

Year 12 MTP 5

Year 12 MTP 6

Year 12 MTP 7

Year 12 MTP 8

Year 12 MTP 9

Biomechanics and physiology

  • Newton's Law of Motion
  • Force
  • Vertical Forces
  • Free Body Diagrams
  • Technology
  • Centre of Mass and Stability
  • Lever Systems
  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Energy intake
  • Biomechanics and Diet
  • Ergogenic Aids

Year 12 Newton's Law and Forces

 

Year 12 MTP Lever Systems

Year 12 MTP Diet and Nutrition

Year 12 MTP Ergoenic Aids

 

 

 

In Year 13, students study the following topics:

Anatomy and Physiology

  • Energy for exercise
  • ATP Resynthesis and the Energy Continuum
  • Factors affecting energy systems
  • The Recovery Process
  • Effects of altitude
  • Acclimatisation
  • Exercise in the heat
  • Recovery, altitude and heat

Year 13 MTP 1

Year 13 MTP 2

Year 13 MTP 3

Year 13 MTP 4

Year 13 MTP 5

 Exercise Physiology

  • Preparation and training methods
  • Aerobic capacity
  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Methods of training
  • Impact of training on lifestyle diseases
  • Injury prevention
  • Responding to injury
  • Rehabilitation of injury
  • Treatment of common injuries

Year 13 MTP Preparation and training methods

Year 13 MTP Aerobic Capacity

Year 13 MTP Strength

Year 13 MTP Flexibility

Year 13 MTP Impact of Training on Lifestyle Diseases

Year 13 MTP Injury Prevention

Year 13 MTP Acute and Chronic Injuries

Year 13 MTP Treatment of Common Injuries

Biomechanics

  • Linear Motion
  • Angular Motion
  • Angular Momentum
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Projectile Motion
  • Lift and Bernoulli Principle
  • Downward Lift Force
  • Spin and Magnus Force

Year 13 MTP Linear Motion

Year 13 MTP Angular Motion

Year 13 MTP Fluid Mechanics

Year 13 MTP Projectile Motion

 

 

 

In Year 12, students study the following topics:

Skill Acquisition

  • Skill Continuums
  • Methods of Practice
  • Types of Practice
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Practice
  • Types of Guidance
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of types of Guidance
  • Theories of Learning
  • Transfer of Skills
  • Stages of Learning
  • Feedback
  • Memory
  • Sports Psychology: personality, attitudes, arousal and anxiety, arousal theories, social facilitation, social inhibition, group dynamics, group theories, goal setting

Year 12 MTP 1

Year 12 MTP 2

Year 12 MTP 3

Year 12 MTP 4

Year 12 MTP 5

Year 12 MTP 6

Year 12 MTP 7

Year 12 MTP 8

Year 12 MTP 9

Year 12 MTP 10

Year 12 MTP 11

In Year 13, students study the following topics:

  • Attribution
  • Self-efficacy and self confidence: theories
  • Leadership: theories
  • Stress Management

Year 13 MTP 1

Year 13 MTP 2

Year 13 MTP 3

Year 13 MTP 4

In Year 12, students study the following topics:

  • Ethics - drugs
  • Ethics - violence
  • Ethics - match fixing
  • Introduction to commercialisation
  • Media and Sport advantages and disadvantages
  • Golden Triangle
  • Modern Technology - Participation
  • Modern Technology - Entertainment
  • Impact of hosting a major sporting event
  • Modern Olympic Games - Hitler's Olympics
  • Modern Olympic Games - Black Power
  • Modern Olympic Games - Terrorist Attack
  • Modern Olympic Games - USA Boycott
  • Modern Olympic Games - Soviet Boycott
  • History of Sport - Pre-Industrial Britain
  • History of Sport - Post-Industrial Britain
  • History of Sport - Public School Sport
  • History of Sport - 20th Century
  • History of Sport - 21st Century

Year 12 MTP 1

Year 12 MTP 2

Year 12 MTP 3

Year 12 MTP 4

 

In Year 13, students study the following topics:

  • Routes into sporting excellence - UK Sport
  • Routes into sporting excellence - National Institutes
  • Routes into sporting excellence - Drop Outs

Year 13 MTP 1

Component One

Physiological Factors Affecting Performance– Written Exam – 2 Hours – 90 Marks – Worth 30%

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics

Component Two

Psychological Factors Affecting Performance– Written Exam – 1 Hour – 60 Marks – Worth 20%

  • Skill Acquisition
  • Sports Psychology

Component Three

Socio Cultural Issues in Physical Activity and Sport – Written Exam – 1 Hour – 60 Marks – Worth 20%

  • Sport and Society
  • Contemporary Issues in Physical Activity and Sport

Component Four

Performance in Physical Education - 60 Marks – Worth 30%

  • Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement (EAPI) – Verbal Assessment - 30 Marks
  • Practical Performance or Coaching in one sport – 30 Marks

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More information linked to the GCSE PE course can be found on the link below:

https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-and-a-level/physical-education-h155-h555-from-2016/

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