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Physical Education AS/A2 Level at The Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

The AS and A Level courses follow the OCR Syllabus, which is designed to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the conceptual basis, structure and function of a selection of physical education activities. In particular, students will develop skills of understanding, problem solving, planning and effective performance. It is suggested that students will need at least Grade B at GCSE PE or an exceptional ability in Science.

This course is 60% Theory (Scientific and Socio-cultural) and 40% Practical at AS Level. A Level students will need to foster an ability to relate practice to theory and theory to practice and as such it is 70% Theory and 30% Practical at A2 Level.

The practical elements of the course rely on the students’ individual and game performance in two sports and their observation and analysis ability in their chosen sport.

A Level PE is challenging and fascinating and would be a suitable choice for any student who finds the subject interesting and has a sound understanding of the basic principles.

This is becoming a very popular subject that is accepted at all Universities including Oxbridge. It is a stimulating and enjoyable course as it includes both practical and theoretical aspects linking well with other subjects such as Biology and Psychology.

Course content


G451 - An introduction to Physical Education

The application of physiological and psychological knowledge to improve performance.

Different cultures are studied to establish relationships between physical education and culture in different societies.


G452 - Acquiring, developing and evaluating practical skills in Physical Education

Practical based on the performance of skills in one sport; coaching, officiating or performance in a second sport and evaluation and appreciation skills.




Principles and concepts across different areas of Physical Education

A combined paper based on:

  • The History of Sport
  • Comparative issues in Australia, UK and USA.
  • Exercise physiology


G454 - The improvement of effective performance and the critical evaluation of practical activities in Physical Education.

Practical based on overall competitive performance in one sport; coaching, officiating or performance in a second sport and evaluation and appreciation skills.

Entry requirements

In order to study PE at A Level you must have achieved 5 GCSEs A* - C. In addition to study this subject you must have Grade CC at GCSE Double Science and Grade B in PE.

Future opportunities

Any sports-related degree (teaching, management, coaching, scientific or otherwise).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 05 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years