Your body achieves what your mind believes
AS and A-level specifications in physical education should equip students with both a depth and breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills relating to scientific, socio-cultural and practical aspects of physical education. This will require them to:
- develop theoretical knowledge and 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 their 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 their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance
- understand the contribution which physical activity makes to health and fitness
- improve as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with curious and enquiring minds.
Assessment objectives (AOs) are set by Ofqual and are the same across allA-level Physical Education specifications and all exam boards.
The exams and non-exam assessment (NEA) will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives.
- AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin performance and involvement in physical activity and sport.
- AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin performance and involvement in physical activity and sport.
- AO3: Analyse and evaluate the factors that underpin performance and involvement in physical activity and sport.
- AO4: Demonstrate and apply relevant skills and techniques in physical activity and sport. Analyse and evaluate performance.
Synoptic assessment will be assessed in each component. It requires students to draw together different areas of knowledge, skills and understanding from across the full course of study in order to demonstrate how they interrelate.
The full course of study is made up of the following topics, as set out in the Department for Education’s Physical Education GCE AS and A-level subject content:
- applied anatomy and physiology
- exercise physiology
- biomechanical movement
- skill acquisition
- sport psychology
- sport and society
- the role of technology in physical activity and sport.
THE NON-EXAM ASSESSMENT
The non-exam assessment (NEA) aspect of the qualification requires students to develop their ability and aptitude in physical activity, demonstrating appropriate skills and techniques outlined below. This aspect of the specification requires students to:
- perform a range of skills and techniques in physical activity and sport
- make decisions, implement strategies, tactics and/or compositional ideas, and apply knowledge and understanding of rules and regulations while performing physical activity and sport
- apply knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts, principles and methods to physical activity and performance
- evaluate performance in physical activity and sport, applying relevant knowledge and understanding.
There are two aspects to the NEA:
- performance assessment (practical performance)
- performance analysis assessment (analysis and evaluation).
What type of student is this course suitable for?
The courses are suitable if you have an interest or passion for sport. You should be capable of taking responsibility for your own learning and achievement; it is essential that you meet regular deadlines.
Where could this course take you?
These qualifications will both provide you with a solid foundation in the sport sector enabling you to develop essential skills in order to pursue your education or career in sport, within one of its occupational areas. These areas include careers in exercise and fitness, coaching, sports development and the outdoors. They can lead to a range of higher education courses linked to sport and exercise.