The theoretical course content for AQA:
Paper 1 –
Applied anatomy and physiology
Skill acquisition and
Sport and society
Paper 2 –
Sport psychology and
Sport and society and technology in sport
The non-examined assessment content:
Students will choose to follow one chosen activity from the prescript list provided by the Department for Education, as a player/performer or coach.
Boxing, Football, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Camogie, Canoeing, Cricket, Cycling, Dance, Diving, Equestrian, Gaelic Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, Hurling, Kayaking, Lacrosse, Netball, Rock Climbing, Rowing, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Sculling, Skiing, Snowboarding, Squash, Table Tennis, Tennis, Trampolining, Volleyball, Blind Cricket, Boccia, Goal Ball, Powerchair Football, Polybat, Table Cricket, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Football or Wheelchair Rugby
The students will work on core skills performed in various conditioned situations and performance in the full competitive scenario.
The coursework will be a written document of approximately 5000 words which will focus on the analysis and evaluation of a chosen performance. The document will focus on the theoretical application to practical scenarios
Theoretical Assessment, the weighting is 70% of the final grade:
Paper 1 (35% weighting)- Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport
Paper 2 (35% weighting)– Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport
Non-examined Assessment (Practical and Coursework), the weighting is 30% of the overall grade
Students will be assessed in core skills for their activity and then in the full competitive situation.
Example 1: Football will be assessed by looking at attacking skills, defensive skills and tactics and strategies.
Example 2: Trampolining skills will be assessed through a compulsory routine, a voluntary routine and finally the use of chorographical strategies.
They will also complete a 3500-word written analysis of performance piece of coursework. This will focus on the analysis of a performance and the evaluation and planning to improve the performance observed.
Six 9-5 (A*-C) GCSE grades with at least four at grade 6 (B) including grade 6 in PE and in other subjects to be studied at A level
Students with Advanced level GCE Physical Education have access to a wide range of possible career and higher education opportunities. You learn and use a variety of transferable skills throughout the course. These include collecting, analysing and interpreting data, communicating your findings in different ways, and identifying and developing the links between different parts of the subject. These skills are in great demand by employers, universities and colleges. Physical education combines with a range of Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced GCE subjects. It supports applications for a wide range of university courses like sports sciences, physiotherapy, recreation and leisure studies and there are many new and exciting courses related to sport throughout higher education. Many students choose to use their qualification to go straight into employment, rather than go on to higher education. As Advanced Level GCE Physical Education develop the transferable skills and the Key Skills that employers are looking for, they can lead to a very wide range of employment opportunities. This can include further training in such areas as recreational management, leisure activities, armed forces and the Civil Service.