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Charles Darwin School

A Level

L3: A level AQA in Physical Education

A-level Physical Education builds on students' experience from GCSE; enhancing their knowledge and increasing their understanding of the factors that affect performance and participation in Physical Education. The qualification aims to equip students with skills and knowledge required for higher education or the world of work. The content of the A-level Physical Education specification is designed to follow on from GCSE Physical Education, enabling a smooth transition from one to the other. The exam consists of three different components:

Component 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport (35%)

Component 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport (35%)

Component 3: Practical performance in physical activity and sport (30%)

The subject content covers applied anatomy and physiology, skill acquisition, sport and society, biomechanical movement, sport psychology and the role of technology in sport. The new and contemporary topics are relevant to today’s sporting world and will help students to develop a well-rounded skill set.

Students will sit two written papers and complete an internal assessment, external practical moderation in their chosen sport. In component 3 students are assessed as a player/performer or coach in the full context of one activity, worth 15% of their overall qualification. Students will then complete written or verbal analysis and evaluation of either their own or the performance of another performer for a further 15% of their overall grade.

Career opportunities:

Physical Education Teacher, Physiotherapist, Personal Trainer, Nutritionist, Sports Psychologist, sports journalism and media, Leisure Centre Manager, running a sports coaching business.

Subject requirements:

Grade C in Science, grade 4 in English, grade B in GCSE Physical Education. Performing in a sport outside of school at a good level.

For more details contact: Miss Curwood