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Physical Education A Level OCR at Sir Roger Manwood's School

Course description


It is important when taking a course in Physical Education that students have a specific interest in this area. They should enjoy participating in sport and be willing to develop an all-round knowledge of the subject, primarily through theory content.

What will I gain from this A Level course?

This course takes a “multi-disciplinary approach, encouraging the development of different methods of enquiry drawn from a wide range of disciplines with the focal point being the performer and performance”. This course is concerned with the theory and practice of physical education.

Aims of the course

1. To encourage students to become increasingly physically competent.
2. To enable students to maintain and develop their involvement and effectiveness in physical activity.
3. To enable students to be informed and discerning decision-makers who understand how to be involved in physical activity.

Students will experience the theory and practice of the subject. They will perform and demonstrate the ability to critically observe and evaluate performance.

What kind of student is this course suitable for?

The course will appeal to those students who:

- have a keen interest in sport and recreation;
- want to follow a course that develops the theoretical aspects through practical involvement;
- want to know more about how the body functions and the effects of exercise;
- want to evaluate and improve their own sporting performance;
- enjoy discovering about themselves in practical situations;
- want to study a course that is active and that they will enjoy;
- may want to move onto a related career or higher education course.


Course content

A Level Assessment:


Component 01: Physiological Factors Affecting Performance

2 hour written paper (90 marks) 30% of total A Level


1.1  Applied Anatomy and Physiology

1.2  Exercise Physiology

1.3  Biomechanics

Component 02: Psychological Factors Affecting Performance

1 hour written paper (60 marks) 20% of total A Level


2.1 Skill Acquisition

2.2 Sports Psychology


Component 03: Socio-cultural Issues In Physical Activity And Sport

1 hour written paper (60 marks) 20% of total A Level


3.1 Sport and Society

3.2 Contemporary Issues in Physical Activity and Sport


Component 04: Performance In Physical Education

Non-exam assessment (NEA)(60 marks) 30% of total A Level

Performance or Coaching of 1 activity taken from the approved lists (see “OCR AS and GCE Guide to NEA in Physical Education”)

Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement (EAPI)

Entry requirements

At least a B grade at GCSE in PE or a related discipline.

Future opportunities

What could I go on to do at the end of my course?

Students with AS or A Level Physical Education have access to a wide range of possible career and higher education opportunities. You learn and use a variety of transferable skills throughout the course. These include collecting, analysing and interpreting data, communicating your findings in different ways, and identifying and developing the links between different parts of the subject. These skills are in great demand and are recognised by employers, universities and colleges as being of great value.

Physical Education combines with a range of AS and A Level subjects including Business Studies, Psychology, History and Maths. Taken with sciences, particularly Biology, it supports applications for a wide range of university courses like Sports Sciences, Sports Therapies, Sport-specific Coaching, Recreation and Leisure Studies.

Some students choose to use their qualification to go straight into employment, rather than go on to higher education. Because  A Level Physical Education develop the transferable skills and the key skills that employers are looking for, they can lead to a very wide range of employment opportunities. This can include further training in such areas as Armed Forces, Civil Services, Recreational Management and various leisure activities.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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: 23 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years