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Physical Education A level at Sacred Heart of Mary Girls' School

Course description

OCR’s A Level in Physical Education will equip learners with both a depth and breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills relating to scientific, socio-cultural and practical aspects of physical education.
This requires them to:
  • Develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance
  • Understand how physiological and psychological states affect performance
  • Understand the key socio-cultural factors that influence people’s involvement in physical activity and sport
  • Understand the role of technology in physical activity and sport
  • Refine their ability to perform effectively in physical activity and sport
  • Develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance
  • Understand the contribution which physical activity makes to health and fitness
  • Improve as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with curious and enquiring minds

Course content

  • Skill acquisition
  • Sports psychology
  • Sport and society
  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport
  • Either Performance or Coaching
  • Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement (EAPI)

Entry requirements

Applicants to the Sixth Form need to have achieved a minimum of five FULL GCSEs at grade C or above as well as the entry requirements for the individual courses. 

It is not always essential to have studied a subject at GCSE in order to take that subject at A level. Where no relevant GCSE has been taken, subject leaders may assess aptitude on the basis of other GCSE results or additional tasks such as tests. 

For those who have studied the subject at GCSE, grade B or above is expected for entry to most A Level courses.


Physiological factors affecting performance
  • 90 marks; 2 hour written paper; 30% of total A level
Psychological factors affecting performance
  • 60 marks; 1 hour written paper; 20% of total A level
Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport
  • 60 marks; 1 hour written paper; 20% of total A level
Performance in physical education
  • 60 marks; Non-exam assessment (NEA); 30% of total A level

Future opportunities

This qualification is suitable for learners intending to pursue any career for which an understanding of the human body or human behaviour is desirable. It is also suitable for any further study in social sciences, or as part of a course of general education.
Some examples of the courses that past A level PE students from our sixth form have gone on to study at University include;
  • Medicine,
  • Nursing,
  • Psychology,
  • Osteopathy,
  • Nutrition,
  • Physiotherapy,
  • Sports and Exercise Science,
  • Primary Teaching and Secondary PE Teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sacred Heart of Mary Girls' School directly.

Last updated date: 22 December 2016
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