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ALEVEL SPORT SCIENCE & PHYSICAL EDUCATION

 

This is an excellent opportunity to acquire and develop theoretical knowledge relating to all aspects of Sport Science and Physical Education. The course also requires a high standard of analytical and practical skills in relation to sports performance.  

 

Theoretical Course – Modules & Content

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, preparation and training methods in relation to maintaining and improving physical activity and performance, injury prevention and the rehabilitation of injury.

Biomechanical Movement– biomechanical principles (newton’s laws, force, centre of mass), levers, analysis of movement, types of motion, fluid mechanics.

Skill Acquisition– skill continuums and transfer of skills, principle and theories of learning and performance, how skill classification impacts practice and learning, use of guidance and feedback, memory and information processing.

Sport Psychology– Individual aspects of performance (personality, attitudes, anxiety, aggression), team/group dynamics, goal setting, attribution theory, self-efficacy, 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 audience.

These modules account for 70% of the A-Level courses and are assessed via a written examination in the summer exam period of Year 13.

 

Evaluation and Analysis for the Improvement of Performance (EAPI)

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. This is worth 15% of A-level course.

 

Practical 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 OCR website for more details. This is worth 15% of the A-Level course.

 

Progressions beyond A-level 

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.

 

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs C or above (GCSE PE not essential)

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 & exercise essential

 

Student Recommendations

“A-Level PE at Hagley is a fantastic subject, it is diverse, challenging but also fun. The content varies from lesson to lesson and is always expertly delivered by the teachers, both in practical and classroom based settings. Help is always available and throughout the two years you develop a great relationship with the teachers which makes the lesson more enjoyable and creates a good atmosphere.”                                                          

Niall Geraghty, 2016 – Scored 120/120 UMS in the AS Physical Education Examination

 

“A-Level PE is a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding subject. Both the academic and practical aspects of the course have been excellently delivered across the two years and have allowed a great relationship to be developed with the members of PE staff. Studying PE has enabled me to explore a variety of sport based careers beyond Sixth Form.”

Alannah Kinsella, 2016 – Scored 60/60 marks in the A2 Physical Education Practical Assessment and Evaluation of Performance

 

Other useful information

 

The programme of study for the course is detailed below.

 

Year 12

See attached document (Table 7)

 

Year 13

 

See attached document (Table 8)

 



 

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