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AS & A Level Physical Education Textbooks

Physical Education AS and A Level will be taught from 2015, with AS first being awarded and 2016 and A Level in 2017.

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Core Content

Below are some of the key points from the government document on subject content in AS & A Level Physical Education:

  • Students should be assessed in a practical activity in the role of player, performer or coach
  • Students should cover the following topics in applied anatomy and physiology:
    • musculo-skeletal system
    • cardio-respiratory system
    • neuromuscular system
    • energy systems (A)
  • Students must develop a knowledge and understanding of the following:
    • diet and nutrition and the effect of physical activity
    • preparation and training methods and how they can relate to improving physical activity and performance
    • injury prevention and rehabilitation (A)
    • biomechanical principles
    • levers
    • analysis of movement in physical activities
    • linear motion (A)
    • angular motion (A)
    • projectile motion (A)
    • fluid mechanics (A)
  • Students should be able to show the following skills:
    • skills continuums and transfer of skills
    • principles and theories of learning and performance
    • how skill classification impacts on how practice is structured for learning
    • use of guidance and feedback
    • memory models (A)
  • Sports psychology:
    • factors that can influence an individual in physical activity
    • dynamics of a group and how they can influence the performance of an individual and/or group
    • goal setting
    • attribution theory (A)
    • self-efficacy (A)
    • leadership (A)
    • confidence (A)
    • stress management (A)
  • Sport and society
    • factors leading to the emergence of modern sport through to the globalisation of sport in the 21st century
    • impact of sport on society and visa-versa
    • impact of ethics (A)
    • development routes from talent identification through to elite performance (A)
    • impact of commercialisation (A)
    • sport and the media (A)
  • Technology in sport
    • use of technology for analysis of physical activity and sport
    • development of equipment and facilities in sport (A)
    • role of technology for the performer and the audience (A)
  • Students should be able to show the following skills:
    • apply knowledge and understanding from the different areas
    • use theories, concepts, principles and models to analyse and evaluate
    • discuss and make judgements, present arguements and draw conclusions about aspects of physical activity and sport
    • interpret and analyse a range of date, graphical representations and diagrams
    • use critically and constructively a range of source material
    • perform a range of skills and techniques
    • make decisions, implement strategies, tactics and/or compositional ideas, and apply knowledge and understanding of rules and regulations