What does the course involve?
The syllabus takes a multi-discipline approach, encouraging the development of different methods of acquiring, developing and evaluating practical skills drawn from a wide range of disciplines, with the focal point being the performer, and the improvement of effective performance. Interaction between the theory and practice of Physical Education is a key factor throughout. The course has been developed to benefit both students who have no expectations of continuing with PE after A2 levels, as well as those for whom PE will form a major part of their higher education. The AS forms exactly half of the assessment of a full A2 level and it can be taken as a stand-alone course or as the first part of the full A2 level course.
How will you learn?
The syllabus is organised into a series of modules, each of which focuses on an aspect of PE. 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 PE activities. As a preparation for Higher Education students will be expected to be more responsible for their own learning, developing their own personalised learning styles and preferences.
What exams and coursework are involved?
In Year 12 there is a 2 hour written exam (worth 60% of the AS level, 30% of the whole A Level) and a practical assessment (40% of AS, 20% of A Level).
In Year 13 there is a 2 hour and 30 minute written exam (70% of A2, 35% of A Level), and a practical assessment (30% of A2, 15% of A Level).
What are the entry requirements?
GCSE Grade B or above in GCSE Science or Additional Science and PE (if taken). Judgements are made on an individual basis regarding students not achieving these grades. A keen interest and willingness to work in depth in all areas of the subject, both written and practical are required. Students will be expected to have expertise in at least two sports and be prepared to extend their knowledge by coaching or playing at club level.
What could you do after completing the course?
PE, along with the other sciences has become a much needed qualification for those wishing to pursue a career in teaching, coaching, the leisure industry, recreation management, the health and fitness industry, sports medicine, and physiotherapy.