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Physical Education A Level at Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School

Course description

What does the course consist of?

A-Level (2 years)

Component 1 Physiological Factors Affecting Performance

A two hour written paper on anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology and biomechanics.

Component 2 Psychological factors affecting performance

A one hour written paper on skill acquisition and sports psychology.

Component 3 Socio and Cultural and Contemporary Issues

A one hour written paper on Sport, society and technological influences.

Component 4 Performance within Physical Education Performance in one practical evaluation and analysis of performance

Please see the OCR website for the approved sports.


Entry requirements

What entry requirements do I need?

Grade 6 at GCSE (Grade 7 in Combined Science Trilogy, if GCSE PE is not studied) and active participation in one sport or coaching to a high level outside curriculum time.  Sports must be from the published list. 

f a subject is oversubscribed preference will be given to those who have Grade 7.

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How is this course assessed?

70% - Examinations of content from each of the three areas studies

15% - Practical from one sport as performer or coach, selected by the candidate from the published list.

15% - Analysis of performance.


Future opportunities

What could this course lead me to?

There are now many pathways open to students. Areas include Medical disciplines, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietitian and sports massage. BSC in Sports Science or Exercise and Health and BAs in Coaching or Sports Management.




Further information

What other subjects does this course work well with?

The content of the course is varied and as a result sits comfortably with the study of any other science based subject, with Biology and Psychology being particularly relevant.  In addition, the course utilises other subjects including, Physics and Mathematical elements.

Additional Information:

A Level PE is a theory based subject.  A background as a performer is helpful when attempting to apply theoretical concepts, but in order to achieve highly on this course you have to have a passion for more than performance.  Sport at all levels is becoming increasingly scientific, and a deeper understanding of the factors that underpin performance is what this course delivers.

Why should you study this subject?

“A background in PE and sport offers prospective employers and universities so much more than just a grade.” (Curriculum Leader)

Why is this subject enjoyable to study?

“I have always loved playing sport, but A Level PE has enabled me to understand sporting performance in a way that I never could before” (Sixth Form Student)





How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 13 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years