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Physical Education

Why Physical Education?

If you are looking to maintain and develop your involvement in lifelong physical activity this course could be for you. You will be encouraged to plan ways to be active and achieve a positive work-life balance amidst conflicting pressures and demands.

Physical Education is also concerned with helping you to become an informed and discerning decision maker and will challenge you to become a reflective practitioner. It will also make the most of innovative approaches to developing and refining performance in physical activity.

Would you like to work as a sports analyst in a professional sporting environment, or develop the strength and conditioning aspect in elite level athletes, or would you be intrigued by the importance of psychology when preparing for intense competition?

Sports performers need to enhance their awareness of all aspects of elite level research and Physical Education allows students opportunities to enhance their subject knowledge across a broad spectrum of topical experiences.

Summary of content

This specification has been designed to allow learners to develop an appreciation of physical education in a wide range of contexts. It is designed to integrate theory and practice with an emphasis on the application of theoretical knowledge. Learners will develop an understanding of how the various theoretical concepts impact on their own performance, through the integration of theory and practice. Learners will also have the opportunity to develop an awareness of contemporary issues relevant to physical education and sport in Wales.

The WJEC AS and A level in physical education provide a coherent combination of four areas of study:

  1. Exercise physiology, performance analysis and training
  2. Sport psychology
  3. Skill acquisition
  4. Sport and society

Units

AS - Unit 1 - Exploring Physical Education

Written examination: 1¾ hours

24% of A level qualification (60% of AS qualification);  72 marks

1. Exercise physiology, performance analysis and training

  • Performance analysis in sport
  • Levers
  • Analysis of movement in physical activities
  • Joints and articulations
  • Musculo-skeletal system
  • Preparation and training methods
  • Energy systems and their application to training principles
  • Fatigue and the recovery process
  • Diet and nutrition and performance

2. Sports psychology

  • Personality
  • Stress, arousal and anxiety in sport
  • Motivation

3. Skill acquisition

  • Skill, ability and application to practical activity
  • Learning processes and variables

4. Sport and society

  • Sport, culture and society
  • Emergence of modern sport
  • Social differentiation within sport

AS - Unit 2 - Improving personal performance in physical education

Non-exam assessment

16% of A level qualification (40% of AS qualification);  48 marks

  1. Practical performance as a player/performer
  2. Practical performance as a coach
  3. Practical performance as an official
  4. Personal Performance Profile

A2 - Unit 3 - Evaluating physical education

Written examination: 2 hours

36% of qualification; 90 marks

1. Exercise physiology, performance analysis and training

  • short-term responses to exercise
  • long-term adaptations to exercise
  • diet and nutrition and performance
  • biomechanical principles
  • linear motion
  • projectile motion
  • fluid mechanics

2. Sports psychology

  • attitudes
  • aggression
  • social facilitation
  • group dynamics and leadership
  • attribution theory

3. Skill acquisition

  • information processing

4. Sport and society

  • ethics and deviance within sport
  • sport and the mass media
  • sport, commercialisation and globalisation
  • from mass participation to excellence

A2 - Unit 4 - Refining personal performance in physical education

Refining personal performance in physical education

Non-exam assessment; 24% of qualification; 60 marks

  1. Practical performance as player/performer
  2. Practical performance as a coach
  3. Practical performance as an official
  4. Investigative research

See Appendix C of the full specification for quantitative skills that can be assessed in Units 1 and 2.

See Appendix D of the full specification for the performance skills associated with each of the sporting activities available to be used with this specification.

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