Private Study Work for PE:
AS and A2
Student Guide: AQA Physical Education Specification 2008 onwards:
Welcome to the HBK AS Physical Education Course.
The sport and fitness industry is huge; if you are keen on sport you can make a healthy living from your passion. There has never been a better time to be involved in sport, with the success of the Beijing Olympics and 2012 Great Britain Olympics just around the corner.
Your key learning topics:
In the first year there are two main study topics. The first covers the beneficial effects of a healthy lifestyle and includes subjects like the physiological effects of exercise and how people acquire sports skills. In the second study topic you’ll learn to analyse and evaluate an athletes performance, how to improve performance and the factors affecting gaining new skills.
In the second year you’ll have two main study topics again. The first continues with the theme of optimising the performance of the athlete. This includes how physiology can improve performance for elite athletes, as well as studying the important topics within sport and society today. The second study topic looks at performance in competitive situations. This includes the observation and analysis of weaknesses, along with the ways of correcting any errors the athlete is making.
In your first year you will have two assessments. The first is a written paper which covers the first study topic of the year. This paper accounts for 60% of your marks for the year. The second assessment is a practical exercise where you will be marked as a player and/or coach and/or official depending on your personal goals, this represents 40% of your marks for the year.
For year two it is the same, a two hour paper the on theory learnt throughout the year and a practical performance assessment in a competitive situation as a coach, official or performer, along with an oral and written presentation on how to correct weaknesses in an athlete, this will account for 40% of your marks for the year.
Where will success take me?
Sports Scientist, coach, physiotherapist, working for a national governing body, sports psychologist, sports technology, nutritionalist, sports administrator, education, the services, medical industry….the list is endless…..
All details of the specification can be found on the AQA website and HBK intranet (Shared resources PE folder and in the New Specification File.)
AS Examination 1580
Unit 1: PHED 1: Opportunities for and the effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle.
60% of AS and 30% of A2
2 Hour written examination
Section A: Six structured questions
Section B: Application of theoretical knowledge to a practical situation.
Unit 2: PHED 2: Analysis and evaluation of physical activity as a performer and / or in an adopted role/s.
40% of AS and 20% of A2
Internal Assessment and external moderation
Candidates perform, analyse and evaluate the execution of core skills/techniques in isolation and in structured practise as either a player / performer, official or leader/coach.
A2 Examination 2580
Unit 3: PHED 3: Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within sport.
30% of A2
2 Hour written examination
Section A: How exercise physiology can optimise performance.
Section B: How the application of psychological knowledge can optimise performance.
Section C: Contemporary influences in sport and their impact on the performer.
Unit 4: PHED 4: Optimising practical performance in a competitive situation.
20% of A2
Internal Assessment and external moderation
Candidates perform, analyse and evaluate their own performance, identify weaknesses, and suggest causes and appropriate corrective measures.
The lessons thoughout the week will be structured as the table below shows, with the teachers indicated delivering the different sections of the specification, please refer to the information on the school intranet for the content that will be delivered in the different section of the specification:
PB / MLT
For PHED 2 and 4: You are expected to perform to a high standard in a sport of your choice, this represents regular training and evidence in the form of a training diary/log that you must provide detailing the aim of each session and what was achieved. Your choice of activity will be discussed with your teacher.
The practical lessons will compliment your theoretical knowledge delivered in your classroom lessons.
We will concentrate on two sports throughout the year and you can use these to achieve the necessary criteria enabling you to pass the specification.
Both classes will follow Badminton and Hockey units of work: we will concentrate on two areas, the practical performer and officiating.
As part of your coursework you will be required to provide a booklet/guide to each sport detailing the core skills and rules and regulations detailed within the lesson. Details will be given to you in your lessons.
Homework will vary from background reading or research to experiment write-ups, short answer questions, past papers or presentations.
You should expect homework from each of your teachers every week, at least two hours a week in addition to lesson time.
Where possible students theoretical work will be given a grade that corresponds to the equivalent A level standard grade. Additional comments will also be given to advise how your work can be improved.
In all practical sessions you will be expected to purchase and wear the ‘A Level’ white polo shirt, available form the school uniform shop. Tracksuit tops are also available for outdoor activities
Tips for completing the course:
- The success of the course relies on discussion and background knowledge, you must keep up to date with current sporting issues, and we recommend that you start to read newspapers, not for results but issues that relate to your weekly theoretical lessons. For example why was the Beijing 100m final not contested by any white male athletes?
- Use the PE section in the resources centre, familiarize yourself with the different sections.
- Any references given should include: the Author, publisher and date.
- The internet is an integral part of modern teaching please use this and document any references that you use: You need to have a working knowledge of:
- Sport England: www.sportengland.org/
- The National Governing Body site for your practical choice.
- Being computer literate, some class and homework will be require both hand written and ICT contributions.
- www.sportengland.org/The course depends on structure and organisation we suggest three folders A4 one for each of the units of the course and your practical coursework. A diary is a necessity to record homework and deadlines.
- The specification is complimented by a text book we recommend: AQA Physical Education AS: Paul Bevis and Mike Murray : ISBN 978-1-4085-0015-6 and can be ordered through the PE department or from any reputable book store
- You must have an interest in sport, taking an active role to enhance the PE department at HBK whether it be performing, officiating, organising supporting or mentoring the younger students at HBK.
Your first week in the 6th form is important to establish standards and work ethics and your first piece of work is below:
The 2008 Beijing Olympics has been described as one of the most successful in history, please research and comment on the following:
- Christine Ohuruogu: 400m Olympic Gold Medallist: ‘A controversial winner’
- Gordon Brown: ‘Non attendance of the opening ceremony’
- Olympic Swimming: ‘A record number of world records being broken’
- Usain Bolt: ‘Nature or nurture?’
- 2012 Olympics: Why was East Ham London chosen as the central location?
- Team GB finishing 4th in the medal table, a post war record ‘What has contributed to this success?’
- 2008 Beijing Olympics at a cost of £100 billion: ‘Worth it for the Chinese government?’
- Nike / Addidas / Puma, Coca Cola / Pepsi who has had the last laugh, and why?
Key Verbs / words used at A Level:
Analyse: Show what something means by breaking it down into its component parts and examining each part in detail.
Ague: Present the case for and /or against a particular statement.
Compare: Look for similarities and differences between in what you are looking at.
Criticise: Give your judgement about the merit of those theories of opinions about the truth of facts and back your judgement with a discussion of ht evidence.
Define: Set down the precise meaning of the word or phrase. Show how you arrive at that definition and give evidence where necessary.
Discuss: Investigate or examine by argument and debate, giving the reasons for and against.
Evaluate: Make an appraisal of the worth of something, in the light of its apparent truth or utility; include your own opinion.
Examine: Present in depth and investigate the implications.
Explain: Interpret and account for in detail.
Illustrate: Explain and make clear by the use of concrete examples, or by the use of figures and diagrams.
Interpret: Bring about the meaning of and make clear and explicit; usually also giving your own judgement.
Justify: Show adequate grounds for decisions or conclusions.
Outline: Give the main features or general principles of a subject, omitting minor details, and emphasising structure or relationship.
Prove: Demonstrate the truth or otherwise the information provided.
Relate: Show how things are connected to each other, and to what extent they are alike or affect each other.
Review: Make a survey of, examining the subject critically.
State: Specify clearly and fully.
Summarise: Give a concise account of the chief points or substances of a matter, including details and examples.