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Physical Education GCE A Level at Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College

Course description

This course is assessed by both written examinations and practical performance. You will be assessed as a performer or coach in the full-sided version of one activity. You will also produce a verbal piece of coursework which will analyse and evaluate performance, identify weaknesses with suggested causes, and suggest appropriate corrective measures.

Course content

The topics you will study are:

  • Physiological factors affecting performance: applied anatomy and physiology; exercise physiology and biomechanics
  • Skill acquisition and psychological factors affecting performance
  • Socio-cultural issues in physical activity: sport and society; contemporary issues and sport

Entry requirements

Grade 4 or above in GCSE Combined Science or a distinction in Level 2 Applied Science, as well as grade 4 or above in GCSE English. Students wishing to study A-Level Physical education must show a commitment to playing their chosen sport on a regular basis, whether this be at local club level or for the college teams. 


Exam weighting:

Physiological factors affecting performance: 90 marks, 2 hour paper, 30%

Psychological Factors affecting performance: 60 marks, 1 hour paper, 20%

Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport: 60 marks, 1 hour paper, 20%

Performance in physical education: non-examined assessment, 30%

Financial information

There is no cost associated with this course.

Future opportunities

PE at Notre Dame encourages students to immerse themselves in the world of sport, with the chance to perform or coach a sport (through the non-exam assessment component), and delve into the how and why of physical activity.

This A level provides an excellent basis for further study or employment within the sport, health and fitness sector.

It is particularly useful for a career or degree course in Health and Exercise Science, Sports Therapy, Sports Management, Teaching PE, Leisure Studies, Physiotherapy, Outdoor Pursuits, Coaching, Sports Technology or Sports Development.

Further information

Examination Board: OCR

Did you know? 

There have been three Olympic Games held in countries that no longer exist.

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: 24 September 2018
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