LEVEL: A LEVEL
EXAMINING BOARD: OCR
TYPE OF STUDY: FULL-TIME, SIXTH FORM STUDY PROGRAMME
PASS RATE: 95% IN 2019
If you are passionate about sport this is the course for you, over the two years you will learn to critically evaluate sport, develop communication skill and to work as a team.
This A Level looks at current sporting issues to help develop an informed scientific and human understanding of the key issues physical education currently faces. Throughout the course you will gain transferable skills such as; communication, decision making, psychological understanding of people, independent thinking, coping with pressure, problem solving and analytical skills.
PE is a recognised entry qualification to Higher Education and is of particular value to those wishing to pursue a career in Sports Science, Coaching, Sports Development, Therapy and Sport Psychology. There are also career opportunities in Teaching, Leisure Management, Sports Technology, Sports Journalism and the Armed Forces.
I chose to study A Level PE because it offers a great blend of Science, Psychology and Sociology with a clear focus on their impact in sport. The course is varied and much more detailed than the GCSE PE course I did.
Andrew Power, PE Student
In A Level Physical Education you will look at the following topics:
- Anatomy and physiology
- Acquisition of practical skills
- Socio-Cultural studies
- Psychology of sport
- Exercise physiology
- Performance in sport
Standard College entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including Maths and English Language or Literature.
A strong GCSE grade in Science (grade 5+) is advised. You should play a sport on a regular a basis.
Do I need to have taken GCSE PE to take it at A Level?
No, but it will certainly help if you have.
How will I be assessed?
You are assessed on both the theory and the practical elements. You sit an exam at the end of the theory units. For the practical, you are assessed in your sports performance and by an oral evaluation.
Can I coach or officiate?
Yes you can, if you are a skilled coach or official you can be assessed on that rather than performance.
Wendy and Martin, my two PE teachers, have been extremely supportive in helping me to manage my workload. PE still remains one of my favourite subjects because of the huge diversity in it; from Biology to History to Psychology and Physics (plus many more subjects). The lessons are enjoyable and always very engaging.
Emily Evans, PE student