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Physical Education AS and A Level (OCR) at Crawshaw Academy

Course description

Course Description

Studying AS or A Level Physical Education will give you a fantastic insight into the amazing world of sports performance. Not only will you have the chance to perform or coach a sport through the non-exam assessment component, you will also develop a wide-ranging knowledge into the how and why of physical activity and sport.

The combination of physical performance and academic challenge provides an exciting opportunity for students. Students can perform and then through academic study, gain the knowledge to improbe both their own personal performance and coaching skills along with developing that of others through application of the theory.

The AS and A Level in Physical Education are studied through a range of different contexts and the impact it has on both ours and others' everyday lives becomes clear. You will learn the reasons why we do things, why some people out perform others mentally and physically. You will also delve into the ethical considerations behind the use of drugs and also the influence that modern technology is having on physical activity and sport.


Course content

Course Content

AS and A Level PE includes the compulsory study of: Applied Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanical Movement, Skill Aqcuisition, Sports Psychology, Sport and Society and the Role of Technology in Physical Activity and Sport. Along side this are the skills of PE which are examined via the Non Examination Assessment (NEA) component on performance.


Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

5 x 9-4 at GCSE.

Candidates would normally be expected to have successfully completed a GCSE in Physical Education and gained a grade B or equivalent but this would not exclude candidates who had not done so. However, the specifications have been designed to provide progression by building on the knowledge, understanding and skills set out in the National Curriculum Key Stage 4.



AS Level is assessed via written assessment worth 70% of a students grade. Candidates will take two external written papers. Candidates will also complete one NEA assessment for their AS Level, worth 30% of the overall grade. It is formed of two parts: Performance and the EAPI. Only one sport or activity is performed at AS Level.

A Level is assessed via three external written papers (worth 70%) and one NEA asessment (worth 30%). This is formed by two parts: Performance and the EAPI. Only one sport or activity is performed at A Level.

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Future opportunities

Future Opportunities

AS/A Level Physical Education is an excellent base for a university degree in Sports Science, Sports Management, Healthcare or Exercise and Health. Physical Education can also complement further study in Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Psychology, Nutrition, Sociology and many more.

AS/A Level Physical Education can open up a range of career opportunities including sports development, sports coaching, physiotherapy, personal training or becoming one of the next generation of PE teachers.

The transferable skills you learn and develop through your study of Physical Education, such as decision making and independent thinking are also useful in any career path you choose to take.

Further information

Further Information

For further information on this course, speak with a member of the Health and Wellbeing Department at Crawshaw Academy, or check the A level specification on the OCR website:


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years