Physical Education OCR A Level at Littleover Community School
A Level PE is a good option for those who are interested in both Sports and Science. It is a wide and varied course offering scientific elements such as Physiology and Biomechanics, Skills Acquisition and Psychology and Social and Contemporary issues. Students need a strong background in one sport as practical assessment is a crucial part of the course.
- A keen interest in sport
- The ability to participate as a performer or a coach to a good or high level.
- Membership of a sport's team or club outside of school.
Applied Anatomy and Physiology
Musculo skeletal, Cardio respiratory, Neuromuscular, Energy systems.
Diet and nutrition and their effort on physical activity, performance preparation and training methods in relation to maintaining and improving physical activity, performance injury prevention and the rehabilitation of injury.
Biomechanical movement, biomechanical principles (Newton's laws centre, of mass), levers (components, classes, mechanical advantage), analysis of movement in physical activities, linear, angular motion, projectile motion and fluid mechanics.
Skills continuums and transfer of skills, principles and theories of learning and performance, how skill classification impacts on how practice is structured for learning and use of guidance and feedback.
Factors (personality, attitudes, arousal, anxiety, aggression, motivation and social facilitation), dynamics of a group or team and how they can influence the performance of a team, importance of goal setting, attribution theory, self-efficiency, leadership, confidence and stress management.
Sport and Society
The factors leading to the emergence of modern sport through the globalisation of sport in the 21st century, the impact of sport on society, the impact of ethics including deviance, development routes from talent identification through to elite performance, the impact of commercialisation and the relationship between sport and the media.
The Role of Technology
The use of technology to analyse physical activity and sport, the development of equipment and facilities and the role of technology.
There will be a practical assessment for both years of the course and students will be required to be assessed in one practical as a performer or a coach. This accounts for 30% of the mark along with an oral talk requiring the evaluation and analysis of performance.
Littleover Community School Sixth Form specialises in AS and A2 Level Courses - we do not offer any alternative/vocational courses. Regardless of which 'wave' of the ongoing A Level reforms each subject is in, we will expect all students to sit AS examinations at the end of Year 12 and A2 examinations at the end of Year 13.
We therefore expect all students to enrol to study 4 AS Levels in Year 12. Most students will then drop one subject at the end of Year 12 having completed the AS Level qualification, continuing with the other 3 to A2 level.
The minimum entry criteria for Littleover Community School Sixth Form is 5 A*-C/9-5 grades at GCSE including Maths and English Language. Students who achieve a grade 4 in Maths or English Language will be considered on an individual basis. However, the vast majority of our students will achieve 8 or more A*-C/9-5 grades with A*-8/9-6 in the subjects they wish to study at A Level. If students plan to study subjects that they have not studied at GCSE level we will expect A*-B/9-6 in subjects that have a similar skills set.
Specific entry criteria:
GCSE graded A*-B in Physical Education.
There will be 3 exams:
- Science based
- Socio based
- Psychology based
These exams account for 70% of the total marks with the further 30% coming from the practical assessment and oral talk.
As A level Physical Education covers a broad variety of academic disciplines, students gaining this qualification can link it to many Higher Education courses.
It is accepted by all institutions as a general entry requirement for courses. Students with this qualification have gone into:
- Sports Science
- Recreational Management
- Business Studies
- Armed Services
- Sports Equipment Design
- Sports Development and Coaching
- Sports Nutrition
- Strength and Conditioning
- Sports Journalism
- Sports Analyst
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Littleover Community School directly.