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A Level Physical Education and Sport

Studying PE and Sport at the Sixth

Exam Board:  AQA
Expected Entry Requirements:  Grade 6 in GCSE PE and Science

Why study this course?
If you wish to take this subject, you should have a keen interest in sport and recreation, an enquiring mind and be participating regularly in sport outside school. As a performer, you should want to know more about the body functions and the effects of exercise and want to evaluate and improve your own and others’ performance in a range of sports
roles. The course has links into many sporting subject areas at university level, and many of the skills we learn through sports can be transferred into a variety of working situations. It links well with any PE or Sports Science course.

What will I learn?

Develop theoretical understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance. Understand how physiological and psychological states affect performance. Understand the key
socio-cultural factors that influence people’s involvement in physical activity and sport. Understand the role of technology in physical activity and sport. Refine your ability to perform effectively in physical activity and sport by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas. Develop your ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance. Improve as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective
thinkers with curious and enquiring minds.

How will I be taught?

Your teaching will combine a mixture of teacher led, group and individual work. You will be expected to keep up to date with current sporting issues.

How many hours a week private study will I have?

You will need to consolidate your learning through private study/homework for a minimum of six hours each week. You will also need to be regularly competing in a sport outside school to comply with the practical element of the course.

You’ll enjoy this course if…

You have a love of sport not only in the performance aspect but in the role of a spectator or coach. You have an interest in looking at issues across an array of sports at all levels from international down to grass roots, not just your own. You have a thirst for understanding your own body with relation to the sporting context.

Course Description

1.  Applied anatomy and physiology
2.  Skill acquisition
3.  Sport and society
4.  Exercise physiology
5.  Biomechanical movement
6.  Sport Psychology
7.  Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport


Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport Topics 1, 2 and 3
External written examination, 35% of A Level

Paper 2
: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport Topics 4 to 7
External written examination, 35% of A Level

Non-Examination Assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport. Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full-sided version of one activity. Internal assessment, external moderation, 30% of A Level. The student must be participating in a competitive sport outside of school.


For more information, contact Miss I Jennings