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Physical Education A Level at Upton Court Grammar School

Course description

Physical activity is an essential and integral component of a balanced, active and healthy lifestyle. This course will encourage candidates to become physically competent and have a better understanding of a healthy active lifestyle and where all sports began. Students will develop the skills to apply and adapt a wide range of skills and techniques effectively in different physical activity. Pupils will be able to develop and apply their skills in different roles such as performer, leader/coach and official. They will be able to develop their knowledge and understanding of factors that enable them and others to be physically active as part of a lifelong involvement and a balanced lifestyle. They will have an understanding of where sports came from and how they have developed through time.

Course content

The course follows the OCR specification. At AS level students will study Anatomy and Physiology, acquiring movement skills and socio - cultural relating to participation in physical education. The structure of study at A2 is the same but the content changes so that the students study historical aspects of sport, psychological aspects of sport and comparative studies. In addition to these classroom lessons there will be one practical lesson per week at both AS and A2.


The exam board that we use is OCR. Students will be assessed through a written examination for the 3 theory components studied in that year. Students will also be assessed on their practical ability in two sports at AS and one sport at A2. The practical component of the course will also be assessed by a synoptic talk which will require the student to demonstrate their knowledge in a chosen sport. At AS level the written exam is worth 60% and the practical 40%. At A2 the written exam is worth 70% and the practical, 30% with around a 2 hour examination for both these.

Physical Education at A Level shares similarities in content and skills with many subjects, most notably biology and psychology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Upton Court Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 08 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years