Physiological factors affecting performance:
Psychological factors affecting performance:
Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport
Performance in physical education
You will experience a wide variety of teaching styles and activities during lessons, for example: undertaking different coaching sessions to suit particular skills; an investigation into the effect of exercise on the heart rate; working in groups to prepare a presentation, for example, on the use of the Olympic Games as a political tool in Berlin 1936. You will also be expected to carry out both practical/experimental type work as well as essay writing.
This is a new-style linear A level course. You will NOT be entered for an external AS exam at the end of the first year. In the second year of the course, you will take external exams that assess content covered in the first and second year. These exams (along with a practical performance) will determine your A level grade.
The physiological, psychological and social cultural components will be assessed through examination and in total will make up 70% of your final grade. The exams will be a mixture of short answer and longer answer exam style questions. The performance will be internally assessed by the College and contributes 30% of your final grade.
Physical education combines well with all subjects. Popular combinations include biology, chemistry, psychology, sociology and business studies.
Physical education is a recognised entry qualification to higher education. The course is of particular value for those wishing to pursue a career or degree course in the following areas: sports science or sport studies; leisure studies; sports therapy/physiotherapy; sports coaching; recreation management, public services and, of course, PE teaching.
Anatomy and Physiology - Watch the videos on the Khan Academy website on the skeletal, muscular, circulatory and respiratory systems.
Skill Acquisition - Read the information on this topic from the Teach PE website.
Sport and Society - Read this article on Victorian sport.
Read information on Olympic history with particular reference to 1936, 1968, 1972, 1980.
Review the information on match fixing in tennis.
Practical - Have a look at the activities you can be assessed in and what you will need to be able to demonstrate in each activity (from page 34 onwards).
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OCR PE for A Level Book 1 - ISBN: 9781471851735, Hodder Education June 2016, RRP: £24.99
OCR PE for A Level Book 2 - ISBN: 9781471851742, Hodder Education August 2016, RRP: £24.99
OCR PE for A level Book 1 eTextbook - ISBN: 9781471878428, Hodder Education 2 year license needed, RRP: £12
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