Introduction to the Course
The course will enable students to develop strong practical and theoretical skills preparing them for further education or employment. There is far more to this A Level than meets the eye, the strengths gained benefit almost all professional careers. Some of the areas studied include how to overcome anxiety when performing, the way in which we learn new skills, the history and evolution of sport through the ages and the workings of the human body and how it adapts to physical training. Core skills that will be developed include time management, evaluating and analysing, essay writing, presenting to audiences and leadership.
Standard entry requirements and the division of marks are clearly weighted in favour of the theoretical components of the course (70% theory/30% practical). Therefore, this course is most suitable to those with a strong theoretical background. Being good at a particular sport alone will not bring about success. Entry requirements consist of a minimum of one grade 6 in Science, a 6 in English Language and a 6 in GCSE Physical Education.
Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport.
Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport.
Coursework: Practical performance in physical activity and sport.
Course Content & Assessment
Paper 1: Written exam: 2 hours, 35% of A-level, 105 marks
- Applied anatomy and physiology
- Skill acquisition
- Sport and society
Paper 2: Written exam: 2 hours, 35% of A-level, 105 marks
- Exercise physiology and biomechanics
- Sport psychology
- Sport and society and technology in sport
Coursework: Non-exam assessment, 30% of A-level, 90 marks
- Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity.
- Plus: written/verbal analysis of performance.
- Internal assessment, external moderation
Future Career Progression
There are a number of professional career paths available from this A-Level. Many students have gone on to study the more recognised career paths such as sport psychology, physiotherapy and sports science. However this A-Level is more than that, it has given students the chance to develop their leadership, their understanding of team work and team ethics, understanding of group cohesion, the nature of anxiety and much more. This knowledge has benefited many students that have gone into all sorts of professional careers from financial managers to teachers. An understanding of what makes people work effectively, mentally, physically and socially is an undoubted skill and requires valuable knowledge, which can all be gained through this A-Level. If you have ambitions to do any of the professions mentioned above then this A-Level is a must, however you need to take this A-Level into consideration if you intend to work with people in your professional career.