The aim of the A level course is to develop skills and techniques required to perform effectively in Physical Activities. Candidates may also choose to develop different roles alongside the performer, such as a leader/coach or an official. Coursework also includes a critical evaluation of a performance at both AS and A2. Candidates will experience a number of theory based sessions. A general overview of each unit is given below. The weighting for each unit is also outlined.
Unit G451 An Introduction to Physical Education (60% of AS, 30% of A2; 2hour paper)
Section A Anatomy and Physiology
Study of the skeletal and muscular systems, motion and movement, the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.
Section B Acquiring Movement Skills
Classification of movement skills, motor skills, processing information, learning and control of skills.
Section C Socio-cultural Studies
Study of physical activity, sport and culture and contemporary sporting issues.
Unit G452 Acquiring, Developing and Evaluating Practical Skills (40% of AS, 20% of A2)
• Performance in two activities from two areas or
• Performance in one activity and coaching in another different activity or
• Performing in one activity and officiating in another different activity
All these options require evaluation and planning for the improvement of performance
Unit G453 Principles and Concepts Across Different Areas of Physical Education (35% of A2; 2 ½ hour paper ; Includes synoptic element)
Section A Socio-cultural options, Option A1 Historical Studies
Popular and rational recreation, public school, athleticism, case studies, drill and physical training.
Section B Scientific Options, Option B1 Sports Psychology
Individual aspects of performance, group dynamics and mental preparation.
Option B3 Exercise and Sport Physiology
Energy, health components of fitness, principles of training and performance enhancement.
Unit G454 Improvement of Effective Performance and Critical Evaluation of Practical
Activities. (15% of A2)
Performance in one chosen activity or Coaching in one chosen activity or Officiating
in one chosen activity. All these options require evaluation, appreciation and improvement
of performance. The chosen activity must be one which was assessed at AS.
Who can become a Sports Leader?
Anyone can do a Community Sports Leader Award
As long as they are 16 or older and have some get up and go! You don’t need to be a sporting superstar to get involved. A Sports Leader Award is a nationally recognised qualification and can help you get a job or get into further education.
• The Level 2 Award in Community Sports Leadership gives people aged 16 upwards the skills needed to plan and deliver safe sporting and recreational activities.
• The Award develops vital leadership skills such as communication, organisation and motivation, whilst instilling the confidence and desire in people to make a difference within their own communities.
• The qualification is practical in nature, with an emphasis on learning through doing and applying knowledge, rather than through theory.
• Personal Development – increase in confidence, self-esteem and self-management
• Obtain relevant skills and experience that can be transferred into a variety of situations and environments
• Sports Leaders are well respected in their community and welcomed by clubs and organisations who need volunteers to operate
• An Award often encourages people to undertake further training/education courses to help achieve long term goals, careers and ambitions
• A nationally recognised award that is a stepping stone to employment or further education
• Unique employment and volunteering opportunities are available to Sports Leaders through Sports Leaders UK database
What skills will I learn on the course? The skills you will learn are:
• Communications skills
• How to motivate other people • The ability to organise and plan activities
• Improvising: adapting to unexpected circumstances
*All these skills are useful in life and in the workplace as well as in sport. *