Physical Education A-Level | Surbiton High School

Physical Education A-Level

Examination Board: AQA

If you have a desire to gain a greater understanding of the scientific and socio-cultural factors that underpin physical activity, you love playing sports, and are a dedicated sports woman, then A-level Physical Education is for you.

This specific Physical Education subject has been selected to develop your understanding of health, well-being and the human body as well as providing the opportunity for you to continue to engage and compete in sport to a high level.

Areas of study will include, anatomy and exercise physiology, biomechanics, skill acquisition, sports psychology, technology in sport and sport in society. Assessment is via a written exam at the end of Year 13 as well as a practical performance in your chosen specialist area as a performer or coach. The practical assessment includes analysis of your performance in verbal or written feedback.

A-level Physical Education is accepted by all top Russell Group universities and will prepare you for further studies in either sports science degrees and support related applications in a wide range of subjects including, but not exclusive to, Psychology, Sociology, Biology and Physics. You will develop many transferable skills in demand at university and the world of work.

If you are considering studying Physical Education at A-level, you should have a genuine interest in sport and physical activity. We would expect you to be playing your chosen sport at School and club level, studying GCSE PE is desirable but not essential. The entry requirement for Physical Education will be a grade 7 in PE if taken, 7 in English and a 7 in Biology.

A-level

Paper 1

Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport.
What is assessed
Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology
Section B: Skill acquisition
Section C: Sport and society
How it is assessed
Written exam: 2 hours
105 marks
35% of A-level
Questions
Section A: Multiple choice, short answer and extended writing
(35 marks)
Section B: Multiple choice, short answer and extended writing
(35 marks)
Section C: Multiple choice, short answer and extended writing
(35 marks)

Paper 2

Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport.
What is assessed
Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics
Section B: Sport psychology
Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport
How it is assessed
Written exam: 2 hours
105 marks
35% of A-level
Questions
Section A: Multiple choice, short answer and extended writing
(35 marks)
Section B: Multiple choice, short answer and extended writing
(35 marks)
Section C: Multiple choice, short answer and extended writing
(35 marks)

Non-exam assessment

Practical performance in physical activity and sport.
What is assessed
Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full-sided version of one activity.
Plus: written/verbal analysis of performance.
How it is assessed
Internal assessment
External moderation
90 marks
30% of A-level