The Physical Education Department

Sport has the power to change the world. The power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way little else can. — Nelson Mandela

The PE Department has recently made a change from Edexcel to the CIE Exam Board. This allows us to offer both the AS and A2 PE courses.

About the syllabus The Cambridge International AS and A Level Physical Education syllabus is both practical and theoretical. As well as fostering enjoyment in physical activity, it will encourage students to develop an understanding of the interaction between theory and practice by focusing on the performer and performance. 

Students learn about anatomy and physiology, movement skills and contemporary studies at Cambridge International AS Level. This provides a firm foundation for the further advanced study of exercise, physiology, psychology of sport performance and the study of the Olympic Games from a global perspective.

The syllabus provides an excellent grounding for students intending to pursue careers in teaching and coaching, sports development, the leisure industry, recreational management and professional sport.

Prior learning:

We recommend that learners who are beginning this course should have previously completed a Cambridge IGCSE course in Physical Education or the equivalent. Alternatively, we require a minimum of a B in Science and a B in English in order to take the A-Level PE Course.

Although the course is broken down into various sections, the subject of PE develops skills well beyond the sports field. It encourages the pupil to develop their knowledge and understanding into an objective analysis of the processes and provision of sport, and to be able to report on these issues. The careers associated with a sports science degree are vast, and this A-level course provides a detailed insight into the many paths a pupil can travel with this qualification.

In Section A, pupils investigate anatomy and physiology, and how the body responds and adapts to exercise, the components of physical and skill fitness and different methods of fitness training. The rationale behind carrying out fitness assessments and the protocols associated with recognised fitness tests are also considered. This section requires a great deal of knowledge in all three sciences.

In Section B, pupils are taught the various theories around the learning of skills, memory and how we learn, motivation and personality as well as arousal in sport.

In Section C, pupils are required to learn and understand the contemporary issues in sport and how we can trace some of these back to ancient times. We also take a look at more modern issues such as technology, drugs and the future of sport.

Exam Board

CIE Cambridge

Syllabus

9396

Assessment

AS Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology

AS Section B: Acquiring, developing and performing movement skills

AS Section C: Contemporary studies in physical education and sport

AS Coursework: Practical performance and written Action Plan

Pupils who follow the full A Level:

Exam Board

CIE Cambridge

Syllabus

9396

Assessment

A2 Section A: Exercise and sport physiology

A2 Section B: Psychology of sport performance

AS Section C: Olympic Games: a global perspective

A2 Coursework: Practical performance, evaluation and appreciation of live performance.




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