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Physical Education

Course Description

Physical Education will give you the chance to improve your knowledge and performance in a range of practical activities and give you the chance to learn about the principles and practices, which lead to good performance. The course will help you to develop your confidence, self-esteem and a sense of team spirit. The qualification can lead to further study of Physical Education, or Leisure and Recreation, or to a career within the Sport and Leisure industry.

Assessment Structure

You will be assessed through 2 x 1 hr 15 minutes examinations (60%), one coursework task (10%), and three practical performances (30%).

Written Paper 1: The Human Body and Movement in Physical Activity and Sport: 1 hour and 15 minutes. Included topics:

· The structure and functions of the musculoskeletal system

· The structure and functions of the cardio-respiratory system

· Anaerobic and aerobic exercise

· The short and long term effects of exercise

· Lever systems

· Planes and axes of movement

· Physical training

Written Paper 2: Socio-Cultural Influences and Wellbeing in Physical Activity and Sport: 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Included topics:

· Sports psychology

· Socio-cultural influences

· Health, fitness and well-being

Practical Performance in Physical Activity and Sport: Three Assessments; one team sport, one individual sport and one other.

Special Features

Physical Education students are expected to be the elite band of physical performers within the year group, students are required to be involved in the Academy representative teams and engaged in sport outside of Academy time. Students looking to enter into this qualification must also have a keen interest in Biology as this forms a large part of the paper 1 assessment.