Physical Education

At a glance

Awarding Board: OCR
Entry Requirements: Six GCSE grades 9-4 including English Language and Mathematics
Subject Specific: Combined Science or GCSE Biology grade 6. You will need to be practicing one sport discipline to a high standard Study of P.E. or Sport at Key Stage 4 is preferred but not required


Practical assessments, two 1 hour and one 2 hour examinations at the end of Year 13
Practical Assessments (30%)
Paper 1 (30%)
Paper 2 (20%)
Paper 3 (20%)

Why choose A Level Physical Education?

Studying A Level Physical Education will give you a fantastic insight into the amazing world of sports performance. Not only will you have the chance to perform or coach a sport through the non-exam assessment component, you will also develop a wide ranging knowledge into the how and why of physical activity and sport.

The combination of physical performance and academic challenge provides an exciting opportunity. You can perform, and then through the academic study improve your performance or coaching though application of the theory.

What will you study?

The emphasis throughout the course is on the development of your knowledge, competence and confidence in a wide variety of skills that will enable you to confidently move forward in life. Physical Education is studied through a range of different contexts and the impact it has on everyday lives.

You will learn the reasons why we do things, why some people outperform others, mentally and physically. You will also delve into the ethical considerations behind the use of drugs and also the influence that modern technology is having in and on physical activity and sport.

How will you study?

A variety of teaching and learning styles are utilised in Physical Education A Level. Wherever possible theoretical concepts are taught through practical application.

Homework is set on a regular basis and often requires students to be pro-active in researching topics that are changing on a daily basis.

Approximately 5 hours of private study is required in addition to class time, a portion of this is often spent in keeping abreast of the changing face of Sport and Physical Education in this country and internationally.

A significant proportion of the course is practical, with 30% of your overall grade coming from participation as either a coach or a performer, and a performance evaluation and analysis task, in a sport environment outside of Sixth Form.

Where will it take me?

A Level Physical Education is an excellent base for a university degree in sports science, sports management, healthcare, or exercise and health. Physical Education can also complement further study in Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Psychology, Nutrition, Sociology and many more.

Career opportunities include: Sports Development, Sports Coaching, Physiotherapy, Personal Training or becoming one of the next generation of PE Teachers.


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