Physical Education (Y Pant)

Level: AS and A LEVEL
Exam Board: WJEC
Location: Y Pant School

Aims of the Course:

This WJEC AS and A level in physical education will enable learners to: 

  • Develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance
  • Understand how physiological and psychological states affect performance
  • Understand the key socio-cultural factors that influence people’s involvement in physical activity and sport
  • Understand the role of technology in physical activity and sport
  • Refine their ability to perform effectively in physical activity and sport by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas
  • Develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance
  • Understand the contribution which physical activity makes to health and fitness
  • Improve as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with curious and enquiring minds

This specification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills established at GCSE.  Some learners may have already gained knowledge, understanding and skills through their study of Physical Education at GCSE.

Assessment

The course is assessed on students theoretical knowledge via an external examination (worth 60% of total marks), and through a pupil’s ability to perform in ONE sport of their choice, as well as coach or officiate in that sport (worth 40% of total marks).

Students are also required to submit a Personal Performance Portfolio as coursework to support their practical element which is included in the 40% total marks.

Course Content

The WJEC AS and A level in Physical Education provides 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

AS Unit 1

Exploring Physical Education

Written examination: 1¾ hours

24% of A level qualification

(60% of AS qualification) 72 marks 

To assess all AS subject content 

 

AS Unit 2 (Practical)

Improving Personal Performance in Physical Education

Non-exam assessment 

16% of A level qualification

(40% of AS qualification) 48 marks 

To assess practical performance in one activity as a player/performer and as a coach or official

Personal Performance Profile  

  1. Practical performance as a player/performer

Learners must demonstrate and apply the relevant skills and techniques for the sport/activity.  All activities should be played under competitive/formal conditions. 

  1. Practical performance as a coach

 Learners must plan and deliver a coaching session as part of a training programme. 

  1. Practical performance as an official

 Learners should be the main official in their chosen activity in a competitive situation.

  1. Personal Performance Profile

The personal performance analysis must be of the chosen practical activity.  It must be underpinned by appropriate theoretical subject content.

A level Unit 3

Evaluating Physical Education

Written examination: 2 hours 36% of qualification 90 marks 

To assess all A level subject content

A level Unit 4 (Practical)

Refining Personal Performance in Physical Education

Non-exam assessment 24% of qualification 60 marks 

To assess practical performance in one activity as a player/performer, coach or official

  1. Practical performance as player/performer Learners must demonstrate and apply the relevant skills and techniques required for the sport/activity. All activities should be played under competitive/formal conditions. 
  2. Practical performance as a coach Learners must plan and deliver a progressive coaching session as part of a training programme.
  3. Practical performance as an official Learners should be the main official for their chosen activity in a competitive situation. Learners will be assessed in their ability to make consistent and correct decisions. 
  4. Investigative Research The research should help the learner to improve personal performance as a player/performer, coach or official. It must be linked to the chosen practical activity and contain research into appropriate theoretical subject content.