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Physical Education A Level at Philip Morant School and College

Course description

OCR’s A Level in Physical Education will equip students with both a depth and breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills relating to scientific, socio-cultural and practical aspects of physical education. The content has been designed to allow students to study Physical Education in an academic setting, enabling them to critically analyse and evaluate their physical performance and apply their experience of practical activity in developing their knowledge and understanding of the subject.
The examined components will provide the knowledge and understanding which underpin the non-exam assessment (NEA). The NEA within this specification allows students to explore an activity in detail as a performer or coach, chosen from a wide variety of sporting activities. Students will also analyse and evaluate performance in a chosen activity as part of their NEA, in the form of a speaking exam.

Complementary Subjects

Physical Education works well with a broad range of subjects. Biology and Psychology have particular relevance.

Course content

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

Entry requirements

Students should have a grade B (or grade 6) or higher at GCSE PE. The theory element at A Level is 70% compared to 40% at GCSE therefore students must also have a minimum double grade CC (or grade 5) in Science, but preferably a B grade (or grade 6). This course is open to students who have not studied GCSE PE but acceptance will be upon discussion with the subject leader. Students will be expected to further their own personal high level of performance through the participation in their sport outside school. If students have taken a BTEC pathway they would be expected to have achieved a Merit or higher.


Specification: OCR A Level PE H555

Future opportunities

Physiotherapy, Psychology, Sports Coaching, Sociology, Recreation Management, teaching degree in PE.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Philip Morant School and College directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2017

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