SPORT SCIENCE & PHYSICAL EDUCATION
WHAT YOU STUDY
Applied Anatomy and Physiology – musculo-skeletal system, cardio-respiratory system, neuromuscular system, energy systems.
Exercise Physiology – diet and nutrition and their effect on physical activity and performance.
Skill Acquisition – skill continuums and transfer of skills, principle and theories of learning and performance.
Sport Psychology – Individual aspects of performance (personality, attitudes, anxiety, aggression), team/group dynamics, goal setting, leadership, confidence, stress management.
Sport and Society – Factors leading to the emergence of modern sport through the globalisation of sport in the 21st Century, the impact of sport on society and society on sport, sporting ethics and deviance, talent identification and elite performance, the impact of commercialisation on physical activity and sport, sport and media.
The role of technology in physical activity and sport – The use of technology to analyse physical activity and sport, the development of equipment and facilities in physical activity and sport, the role of technology in sport for performers and the audienceCourse Structure
This is a two year course, with three units:
Unit 1: Principles of… A 1.5 hour exam paper which examines the core technical principles of design, manufacturing and systems. Worth 25% of the marks for the course.
Unit 2: Unseen Challenge A 2.5 hour exam paper which requires you to design a product to solve a real world problem and then evaluate its effectiveness. Worth 25% of the marks for the course.
Unit 3: Iterative Design Project A single coursework project which requires students to explore a real problem, design and create a solution and then evaluate its effectiveness. Worth 50% of the marks for the course.
HOW YOU STUDY
You will be assessed in your ability to observe, analyse and evaluate a sport performance. Based upon this evaluation, you will be required to explain how you would design and implement a viable training/skills program to improve the observed performance.
Your sporting ability will be assessed as a player/performer or coach in one sport. There is a specific list of sports available for assessment. Check GCE Physical Education activity list on the DfE website for more details.
PROGRESSIONS TO UNIVERSITY
Further Study – Sport and Exercise Science Undergraduate Degree/ Masters’ Degree/PhD/Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Sport Science/Physical Education) or the subject can be used to accrue UCAS points equivalent to all other A-Level subjects to support applications to University.
Career Options – Sport and Exercise Science Support and Research, Teacher of Physical Education, Physiotherapy, Sports Therapy, Sports Coaching, Sport and Leisure Industry, Medical Research, Sport Development Officer, Fitness Instructor, Health Professional, Diet and Nutrition Specialist.
Niall Geraghty, 2016 – Scored 120/120 UMS in the AS Physical Education Examination
Alannah Kinsella, 2016 – Scored 60/60 marks in the A2 Physical Education Practical Assessment and Evaluation of Performance.
GCSE Entrance Requirements
Grade B or above in GCSE PE (if taken)
National / regional / county / district representation in a sport(s) preferred
School level sports representation essential
Regular participation in sport and exercise essential.