Yearly Archives: 2015


New AQA AS / A-level Specifications

AQA published its new AS and A-level specifications in June 2015 in draft form. On its website, AQA state that they expect feedback from Ofqual on their submission during Autumn 2015, but as yet nothing has appeared to suggest that the draft specification has been accredited or whether Ofqual has […]


The Conundrum of Drugs in Sport

Over the last year, we have been treated to headlines such as ‘Russian doping claims: 99% of athletes guilty’. This was an investigation by a German TV documentary that claimed that Russian officials systematically accepted payment from athletes to supply banned substances and cover up tests. A former Russian discus […]


Lactate Threshold and VO2 max

Many students find the concept of lactate threshold or OBLA difficult(remember that they are different!). I think it’s the ‘threshold’ bit. A threshold is a level above which things can rise. Think of a pain threshold or a wages threshold. Lactate threshold is similar. Another area that appears to confuse […]


Technology in Sport

This aspect of the AQA A2 specification is difficult to teach because of the lack of resources available in an ever-changing area of interest. The specification requires ‘Candidates to understand the advantages and disadvantages to the performer, coach, official, spectator, sport and World Games of technology’. One definition of what’s […]


4 top tips for the classroom

This guest post was written by Rachel Campbell @PEenthusiast1. Below are some ideas that I have been using to engage learners in my A-Level PE Class: Students aren’t always aware of the scientific challenges and amount of knowledge required to pass the A Level PE exam. PE students tend to […]