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A-level PE - Unit 1: Participation in Sport and Recreation: Overview

Resources to support A-level PE, Unit 1

Course Description

Unit 1: Participation in Sport and Recreation Content Assessment

This unit is a theory based and studied in Year 12.  Within this there are the following components

  • How the body responds and adapts to exercise, the components of physical and skill fitness and different methods of fitness training.
  • Knowledge and understanding of how competitive sport has developed over time.

Written examination (1 hour 30 minutes)

Weighting: 50% AS   25% A level


The Physical Education qualification is an excellent course for those students with an enthusiasm and an interest in learning how to enchance their own sporting abilities. Students will have the chance to take on the roles of 'performer', 'leader' or 'official' at AS, before focusing on one of these roles A2.

In the context of their chosen role(s), they will:

  • review their current participation in physical activity
  • identify opportunities locally, nationally and internationally for them to advance their participation in physical activity
  • create a development plan and a life plan for their participation in physical activity

Elsewhere, students will learn about sport, from the grass roots to the elite level, and the develpment of competitive sport. Healthy lifestyles, fitness and training, and preparation for sports performance are covered extensively.

The course demands a willingness from every student to develop their practical performance through clubs and extra curricular activities and participation will be expected. Students must be able to perform in one sport to a reasonable standard.



  • Notes taken in class must be written up after the lesson.
  • Work completed will always need to have a title, a date and be NEAT and EASY to Read!
  • Presentations. It is your responsibility to ensure that the appropriate equipment is available for your own presentation. Plan ahead!
  • Always bring textbook and working file to lessons.
  • File must be kept in order for regular checks, and it is your responsibility to catch up on missed work and ensure it is present in your file. Communication is vital here, if you are absent you can email the teacher to ensure you do not miss out on work or homework.


  • Homework must be your own work. Copies from books, internet or fellow students will not be accepted.
  • Work that is handed in must

              1. Your name
              2. Date
              3. Title
              4. Legible writing or typed out

  • Work must be handed in on time to the teacher or via email if asked.


  • Correct kit needs to worn to the lesson (Tanglin white sports shirt, navy shorts and proper sports trainers).
  • Always bring your folder and pens and pencils. You are taught the subject through the used of practical and may be expected to take notes or write up experiments.
  • If you are feeling under the weather, you will be expected to take part in the lesson and try to take part where you can, so always bring kit.