What does the course involve?
The course takes a multi-disciplinary approach, encouraging the development of different methods of enquiry drawn from a wide range of disciplines with the focal point being the performer and the performance. Interaction between the theory and practice of Physical Education is a key factor throughout.
How will you learn?
The syllabus is organised into a series of modules, each of which focus on an aspect of Physical Education. Some work will be practical, some theory with opportunities for discussion, written and observational analysis and correction, problem solving and planning. Practical performance and video will provide opportunities to gain understanding of the conceptual basis, structure and function of a selection of Physical Education Activities. Lessons are joint with BWS and are taught by staff from both schools.
What exams and coursework are involved?
G451 AS An Introduction to Physical Education (anatomy and physiology, Skill acquisition and socio-cultural studies). 2 hours 60% - AS and 30% - A2.
G452 AS Acquiring, developing and evaluating practical skills in Physical Education (Candidates are assessed in 2 practical activities from 2 different activity areas. They will also evaluate and plan for improvement in one of their chosen activities.) 40% - AS and 20% - A2.
G453 A2 Principles and concepts across different areas of Physical Education (Historical studies, Sports Psychology and Exercise and Sports Physiology.) 2.5 hours 35% - A2.
G454 A2 The Improvement of effective performance and the critical evaluation of practical activities in Physical Education (Candidates are assessed in one practical activity from the 2 used in unit G452. They will also evaluate and plan for improvement in their chosen activity.) 15% - A2.
What are the entry requirements?
GCSE grade B or above in Science and grade B or above in PE (if taken). A keen interest and willingness to work in depth in all areas of the subject, both written and practical. Expertise in at least one sport would be an advantage and students will be expected to extend their knowledge by coaching or playing at club level.
What could you do after completing the course?
A Level Physical Education is rapidly becoming an essential qualification for specialist study in Physical Education and Sports Studies for Higher Education. The course is a good foundation for those wishing to pursue a career in teaching / coaching / sports psychology / sports science/leisure industry/recreation management/health and fitness industry / sports medicine / physiotherapy.