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Physical Education A Level at Dame Alice Owen's School

Course description

The new specification (from September 2016) now focuses on Sports Science topics which make up 70% of the course. These units are full of variation and allow students to explore Physiological, Psychological and Social factors in sport. Students are expected to perform OR coach an activity to a high standard for the practical assessment which makes up the final 30%.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 at GCSE.


Examination Board - OCR

Physiological factors affecting performance

  • 2 hour written paper (90 marks) – 30%
  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Biomechanics

Psychological factors affecting performance

  • 1 hour written paper (60 marks) – 20%
    • Skill acquisition
    • Sports psychology

Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport

  • 1 hour written paper (60 marks) – 20%
    • Sport and society
    • Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport

Performance in physical education

  • Non-exam assessment (60 marks) – 30%

Whilst some of our students go on to study Sport related courses at university, many have also chosen to take a different route. In the past we have had students study History, Biology, Medicine, Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Some of our past students have also played sport at a high level. Jodie Williams represented Great Britain in the 200m at the Rio Olympic Games and Andy Symons currently plays professional rugby for Gloucester RFC.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dame Alice Owen's School directly.

Last updated date: 10 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years