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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Study option                             Exam board             Specification code

A Level two-year course                  AQA                                             7582

BTEC Sport Level 3

(equivalent to 1 A Level)                 Pearson                  National Extended Certificate

BTEC description is below, after A Level information)

 

A LEVEL:

Why choose physical education?

If you are keen on PE and good at sports, A Level PE is a good option. The course gives you opportunities to experience activities from across different activity profiles in the roles of performer or coach. It also:

  • offers a rounded integrated course of study providing opportunity for individual development and improvement.
  • helps you develop analytical and study skills which will enable you to progress to higher education
  • provides opportunities for a broad range of study within areas of applied anatomy and physiology, skill acquisition, sports psychology, sport and society and technology in sport.

Where can it lead?

Apart from improving your individual sports performance, this course is an excellent preparation for degree-level study within sports science, physiotherapy, leisure and sports studies, teaching, sports marketing, dance and medicine or health-related studies. It also combines well with other subjects, whatever your ultimate goals.

What and how will I study?

There are three components to the course. Components 1 and 2 form the theory section of the course and each equates to 35% of the A Level.  Component 3, the practical assessment, forms the remaining 30% of the A Level.

 Component 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport

2-hour paper, 105 marks (35%)

  • Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Section B: Skill acquisition and sports psychology
  • Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport

Component 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport

2-hour paper, 105 marks (35%)

  • Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics
  • Section B: Sport psychology
  • Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport

 

Component 3: NEA (non-exam assessment) 30% of the course

  • One practical assessment in the role of the performer or coach (45 marks)
  • Analysis and evaluation task (45 marks)

Are there any specific entry requirements?

This course provides continuity with the GCSE syllabuses in its approach to the assessment of physical education. It is recommended that candidates have obtained a B grade or above in GCSE PE.

 

BTEC SPORT LEVEL 3 (equivalent to 1 A Level)     

Why choose BTEC sport?

BTECs embody a fundamentally learner-centred approach to the curriculum, with a flexible, unit-based structure and knowledge applied in project-based assessments. They focus on the holistic development of the practical, interpersonal and thinking skills required to be able to succeed in employment and higher education.

Where can it lead?

Apart from improving your individual sports performance, these courses are excellent preparation for degree level study within sports science, physiotherapy, leisure and sports studies, teaching, sports marketing, dance and medicine or health-related studies. They also combine well with other subjects, whatever your ultimate goals.

What will I study and how will I be assessed?

COMPULSORY UNITS

Unit 1: Anatomy and physiology

A written examination, 1 hour 30 minutes and is worth 90 marks. It contributes up to 32 marks towards the BTEC.

Unit 2: Fitness training

A written task set and marked by the exam board under supervised conditions and is worth 60 marks. It contributes up to 32 marks towards the BTEC.

Unit 3: Professional development in the sports industry

Portfolio based tasks that are marked by the teacher and in combination are worth up to 16 points towards the BTEC.
OPTIONAL UNIT

Unit 4: To be chosen from sports leadership, application of fitness testing and sports psychology.

Portfolio-based tasks that are marked by the teacher and in combination are worth up to 16 points towards the BTEC.

Are there any specific entry requirements?

This qualification provides continuity with the GCSE syllabuses in its approach to the assessment of physical education. It is recommend that candidates have obtained a B grade or above in GCSE PE.

 

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