Students are given the opportunity to study the AQA physical education course at A level. The course is both theoretically (70%) and practically (30%) assessed. It is not a requirement to have taken a GCSE PE qualification in order to take this course.
The theory content is assessed by two two hour papers worth 105 marks each. The first, 'Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport' is divided into three sections: Section A Applied Anatomy and Physiology, Section B Skill acquisition, Section C Sport and Society. Each section is worth 35 marks with a combination of multiple choice, short and extended answer questions. The second paper, 'Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport's also divided into three sections: Section A Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics, Section B Sport Psychology, Section C Sport and Society and Technology in Sport. As with paper one, all sections in paper two are worth 35 marks each with a combination of multiple choice, short and extended answer questions. Paper one is taught in the first year of the course, and paper two in the second year. Both papers are sat by students at the end of year 13.
The practical assessment comes under the Non-Exam Assessment, which combines performance in a specialist sport with a written assignment on the analysis and evaluation of the student's performance in this sport. It is recommended that they should be representing Queen's College in their specialist sport, as well as ideally playing the sport at club level.
Students have 10 lessons over the two week timetable. These lessons are taught by three staff with specialisms in the subject areas for each section of the paper. One of these lessons in year 13 is used to deliver and assist students with the written assignment for the Non-Exam Assessment. Lessons aim to deliver the content, with particular emphasis on the application of knowledge to sporting scenarios. The staff in the department teach all lessons with emphasis on the assessment objectives outlined by AQA.
Most students who study A Level PE go on to University in areas such as Sport Science, Sports Coaching, Sport Psychology, Sports therapy/Physiotherapy or other science based degrees.
Further details of the A Level content and assessed sports can be found at www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/physical-education/as-and-a-level/physical-education-7582. Alternatively, please contact the Head of Academic PE, Rachel Booton, firstname.lastname@example.org.