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Physical Education A Level at Orleans Park

Course description

Are you passionate about sport?  Interested in a career in sport?  Keen to develop your understanding of how the body and mind respond to exercise?  Are you also interested in discovering how sports in this country came to be and the effect the mind can have on performance? How to train and recover from training effectively?  These are just some of the areas covered in A Level Physical Education. You will need to be assessed in one practical performance over the two years and conduct an analysis of a performer’s strengths and weaknesses.

Course content

A Level Physical Education is an exciting, challenging and diverse course.  Students are given the opportunities to gain a deeper understanding into the Anatomy and Physiology of the body, the principles of Bio mechanics and how this is related to sporting movements, how sports psychology can effect/enhance performance and to learn about the history of sport in the UK.  Students will also be assessed in one practical activity throughout the course of the two years and will be expected to be playing at a high standard outside school in that sport.  Alternatively they can be assessed as a coach but will need to be doing this on a regular basis and any governing body qualifications would be an advantage in that role.


Students will sit three papers:

Physiological Factors affecting performance worth 30% of overall A Level

Psychological Factors affecting performance worth 20% of overall A Level

Socio-Cultural factors affecting performance worth 20% of overall A Level

The final section is Practical performance and Analysis of Performance worth 30% of overall A Level

Future opportunities

This course can lead to variety of career paths and University courses. If you are thinking about a career in Sport, Physiotherapy, Coaching or public/armed services this is a great start. In addition a career in sports psychology, nutrition or as a sports scientist then this course is for you.

Further information

Applications to the Sixth Form for September 2019 open on Monday 1 October 2018 and close on Friday 11 January 2019. Please apply for 3 courses plus a reserve choice.

Entry Requirements for September 2019:

6 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 with at least 3 subjects at Grade 6 (or equivalent Grade B) including English and Mathematics at Grade 4 or higher. Some subjects have specific requirements (as shown on the individual subject page) and we strongly advise that students have at least a GCSE Grade 6 (or equivalent Grade B) in the subjects they will study at A Level.

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: 17 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: OCR

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    • DIRECTIONS FROM A316 Leave the A316 at the St Margarets Roundabout. Join the A3004 (St Margarets Road). Pass St Margarets station on the right. Turn right onto Crown Road (A3004) Turn right onto Richmond Road (A305). Orleans Park is located on the left hand side. BY TRAIN Twickenham is served by trains from London Waterloo, Clapham Junction, Richmond, Ascot & Reading. BY BUS Services 33, 490, H22, R68 & R70 all stop outside the school on Richmond Road.