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Physical Education OCR A Level at Littleover Community School

Course description

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. 

Qualities Required:

  • 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.

Course content

Applied Anatomy and Physiology

Musculo skeletal, Cardio respiratory, Neuromuscular, Energy systems.

Exercise Physiology

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 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.

Skill Acquisition

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.

Sports Psychology

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. 

Entry requirements

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:

  1. Science based
  2. Socio based 
  3. Psychology based

These exams account for 70% of the total marks with the further 30% coming from the practical assessment and oral talk. 

Future opportunities

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:

  • Teaching
  • Sports Science
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Recreational Management
  • Business Studies
  • Armed Services
  • Sports Equipment Design
  • Sports Development and Coaching
  • Biomechanics
  • 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.

Last updated date: 16 November 2016

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    • Welcome to Littleover Community School Sixth Form and thank you for visiting our website. The Sixth Form was rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in both of their most recent inspections when it was part of the highly successful Millennium Centre Post 16 Partnership along with Derby Moor Community Sports College.

      In September 2013 this partnership came to an end to enable Littleover Community School to deliver its own sixth form courses independently. This coincided with the opening of a brand new, purpose built sixth form centre. We have a reputation for academic excellence with students performing considerably higher than national averages year after year.

      Approximately 95% of our students go on to study at university having completed a range of AS and A level subjects. While we are proud of our high academic standards, we also recognise the importance of providing students with an enjoyable and enriching experience throughout their time in the Sixth Form.  We offer a wide range of enrichment sessions in addition to a detailed tutorial programme designed to broaden the experiences of students, develop students as well rounded individuals and prepare them thoroughly for life at university and beyond.

      For more information about the Sixth Form and what we offer please look at our current prospectus.