Physical Education

Course Full Title: A Level Physical Education

Exam Board: OCR

Specification Code: H555


Why study A Level PE?


Studying A Level PE will give you a fantastic insight into the world of sports performance. Not only will you have the chance to perform or coach a sport through the non-exam assessment component, you will also develop a wide-ranging knowledge into the how and why of physical activity and sport. The combination of physical performance and academic challenge, will help you to learn how to improve your own or others’ performance. This complete grounding in the subject provides a fantastic base for you to build when you move on to higher education, employment or further training.


What will I study over the two years?


Physiological Factors Affecting Performance:

  • Anatomy and Physiology – parts of the body
  • Exercise Physiology – the body systems
  • Biomechanics – how the body moves

Psychological Factors Affecting Performance:

  • Skill Acquisition – how we learn skills
  • Sports Psychology – how we think in sport

Socio-cultural and Contemporary Issues:

  • Sport, Society and Technological Influences – how sport in the modern age is driven and how it affects all around it

Performance Within Physical Education:

  • Performance or Coaching Practical in one activity
  • Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement (EAPI) – observing a live or recorded performance by a peer and providing an oral analysis and critical evaluation of the performance


How will I be assessed?


70% Externally assessed examination (3 exams at the end of the course)
30% Internally assessed; externally moderated performances


What makes a good A Level PE student?


A successful A Level PE student must not only perform to a high standard in one of the specification sports, but must have a desire to learn about the theory aspects of the course in great depth and detail, as critically, the course is heavily assessed through written examinations.


Where could A Level PE take me?


Studying A Level PE may lead to a wide variety of jobs and careers in education, and the vastly expanding sport and leisure industry, such as Sports Development, Coaching, Activity Leadership, Personal Training and Teaching, as well as ideally positioning students for onward study of Higher Education courses including Sports Science, Sports Coaching, and Physical Education.


What are the entrance requirements?


  • Grade 7 or above in PE
  • 5 or more grades 5-9; including equivalents across at least 5 subjects
  • Maths and English Language Grade 5 or above
  • Average GCSE GRADE of at least 4.0 (average of ALL GCSE full courses taken)


If you have any questions about our PE A Level please chat with your PE teacher or email Mr Ashley rashley@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk We would be very happy to answer any questions