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Physical Education and Sport

At Chapeltown Academy we have excellent facilities for sports and recreation and are wanting to offer a new A Level subject that will make the most of these.

It is well established in the media that sport and exercise are beneficial and promote a healthy lifestyle but often what is missed is the benefits to the brain. The increase in heart rate and hormone levels is conducive to helping keep the brain fit and healthy.

An A Level in PE and Sport is based in the Science Faculty as a lot of the content has a scientific foundation.

Subject content

Assessments are carried out regularly but the formal external examinations will take part at the end of year 2 with two papers and a practical element.

Paper 1

Applied Anatomy and Physiology, Skill Acquisition, Sport and Society – 2 Hours (35%)

Paper 2

Exercise physiology and Biomechanics, Sports Psychology, Sport and Society and Technology in Sport – 2 Hours (35%)

Practical Element

Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity plus a written/verbal analysis of performance. – Internal Assessment and External Moderation (30%)

PE and Sport is not currently being taught at Chapeltown Academy. However the course will run in September 2018 providing there is sufficient interest. If you have any questions please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Psychology

Summary

Psychology is the study of the human mind. You will learn how it works and begin to explore the reasons behind human behaviours. A large amount of the course is devoted to human development and how this influences our lives.

It is a popular course and we encourage students who are interested in both the social and scientific sides of human behaviour to consider choosing psychology as an A-Level option.

The course and its structure

In Year 1 of the A Level (or AS Level) you will look at a number of different aspects of psychology:

  • The origins of psychology
  • The different approaches used to explain behaviour
  • Social psychology (social influence - conformity and obedience)
  • Cognitive psychology (memory)
  • Developmental psychology (attachment)
  • Psychopathology (the study of mental illness)
  • Biopsychology. 

In addition you will discover the research methods and ethics associated with these areas. You will learn why and how individual character differences appear. Are we born a certain way with fixed character traits, or are these fluid, developing in response to our upbringing and surroundings? It is a fascinating subject to pursue and one which represents a real opportunity for scientists and non-scientists alike.

The second year of the A Level becomes more involved and naturally, more challenging. There are a number of options available for the 2nd year of the A Level, including Relationships, Schizophrenia, Forensic Psychology, Eating Behaviour and Stress. Your teacher will select three topics to focus on in detail. There is also a topic focusing on Issues and Debates in Psychology, such as whether Psychology is a Science, and whether we have control over our own behaviour. You will also undertake practical research activities, including the collection and evaluation of specific data.

Psychology is one of the most popular choices for a university course. Students with a degree in psychology can go on to further training to become an Educational Psychologist, Forensic Psychologist, or a Clinical Psychologist. Other career paths include social work, the police force, teaching, and health and social care professions. Qualifications in psychology are useful for any career/industry that involves dealing with people, as you will learn to understand why people behave in the way that they do. To find out more, visit the British Psychological Society’s career page

Eligibility

Entry requirements for A Level Psychology at Chapeltown are a minimum of 5 A*-B GCSE grades.

Additional Information

Tutor: Emma Nicholson - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To find out more about the A Level course, click here to visit the AQA website