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Physical Education

Key Stage 5

Why study Physical Education?

PE offers students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in a range of sporting roles. They will explore contemporary issues in modern sport and recreation as well as examining the effects of exercise and the relationships between training and performance. Students will enhance their understanding of how elite performers prepare for sports competition as well as finding ways to improve their own performance in selected roles through their greater understanding of the subject. This specification gives students the opportunity to experience and develop an interest in a variety of roles in sport including performer and coach.

How will you be assessed?

Component 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport (2 hour written examination) 35% of overall grade

Component 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport (2 hour written examination) 35% of overall grade

Component 3: Non-Exam Assessment (Practical performance in physical activity) 30% of overall grade

 

What will you study?  
Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport ·       Applied anatomy & physiology (e.g.: analysis of movement, specialist training, energy systems)

·       Skill Acquisition (e.g.: theories of learning, information processing)

·       Sport & society (e.g.: sociological issues, historical eras, female sport)

Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport ·         Exercise physiology & biomechanics (e.g.: injury prevention, fluid mechanics)

·         Sports psychology (e.g.: anxiety, leadership, motivation)

·         Technology in sport (e.g.: role of NGBs, sports analytics, development of facilities & equipment)

Non-Exam Assessment 1)    Assessment as a player or coach in the full context of one activity.

2)    Written or verbal analysis and evaluation of either your own or another’s practical performance.

What will Physical Education offer you in the future?

Students have progressed onto careers in teaching, sports coaching, sport development, leisure management, and sports design, as well as physiotherapy and sports psychology. The new specification has an emphasis on physiology as well as quantitative analysis which lend themselves to further study or specialisation in Biology and Mathematics.