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Physical Education

A Level |OCR

“PE at A Level demands full commitment to your chosen sport outside of Sixth Form plus, extensive theoretical work. A Level PE incorporates many other subjects into its studies, such as Human Biology, History and Psychology to name a few, making it an interesting and diverse subject to study.”
Samuel, Year 12

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Why study Physical Education?
A Level Physical Education offers those with a genuine interest and ability in practical Physical Education to advance their studies in this area and to relate this study to current issues from the world of sport. It also allows students to combine a practical and theoretical A Level with a whole variety of other subjects that can then lead into a number of potential university degrees.

Extra-curricular aspects of the course
Students will be offered the chance to become actively involved in the Blessed Thomas Holford Leadership Programme. We would also like students to actively seek opportunities for them to help the PE department and other community sports clubs. It is important that the students are regularly participating in their main sport for a club/team outside of Sixth Form to support the practical element of the course they are assessed in. Students will also have opportunities to take part in several sports at the Sixth Form outside their curriculum time.

Entry Requirements
Students must achieve a GCSE grade 6 or above in their overall GCSE Physical Education grade including a grade 6 or above on the examination unit of the GCSE Physical Education course to study A Level Physical Education. For those who have not studied GCSE Physical Education at GCSE level, a grade 6 or above is required in GCSE English and a grade 6 in Science. Students are also expected to be training/performing in their main sport for a club/team outside of Sixth Form to assist with this practical assessment.

Higher Education and Careers
Studying A Level Physical Education could lead to a whole range of sports related degrees or
careers such as; sports science, sports management, sports development, teaching physical
education, health promotion, coaching, physiotherapy and the armed services.


Physiological factors affecting
30 % of A Level 2 hour written exam (90 marks)
Physiological factors affecting
20% of A Level 1 hour written exam (60 marks)
Socio-cultural issues in physical
activity and sport
20% of A Level 1 hour written exam (60 marks)
Performance in physical education 30 % of A Level Non-Exam Assessment (60 mark)

For more information on this course please contact 

 Mr S Goldrick