Type of Qualification: A Level
Exam Board: OCR
Additional Entry Requirements: GCSE Grade 6 in PE and Grade 5 in Biology/Double Science. It is also essential that applicants for PE continue to compete in one sport to a good level.
Why study Physical Education?
This course is aimed at students who have a passion for this subject and are clearly interested in the wide range of aspects in PE and Sport.
Students receive a well-rounded and full introduction to the world of PE, sport and sports science. This complete grounding in the subject provides a fantastic base from which to build when they move on to higher education, employment or further training.
Most students use this A Level to gain entry to higher education with many of them studying sport related degrees.
- Unit 1: Applied anatomy, exercise physiology and biomechanics.
- Unit 2: Skill acquisition, sports psychology and sport and society.
Extensions on from all the topics above plus contemporary issues in physical activity and sport. This course has a greater emphasis on the theoretical aspects then GCSE level and most teaching is classroom based.
- Unit 1: Physiological factors affecting performance (Exam – 30%)
- Unit 2: Psychological factors affecting performance (Exam – 20%)
- Unit 3: Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport (Exam – 20%)
- Unit 4: Performance in physical education (Sport/coaching 20%, Verbal presentation on analysis 10%)
Careers in Physical Education
Any career within the sports industry, for example: coaching, PE teaching, physiotherapy, sports rehabilitation, coaching, fitness instructing.