Exam Board - OCR


What is Physical Education A level and why study it?

The P.E. department intends to offer the follow-on from OCR GCSE PE in the form of A level P.E. The course transfers well from the GCSE studied at Key Stage 4, covering the same subject areas as the GCSE but going into further detail. There is also a further shift towards the theoretical side of the subject in terms of assessment. The course is formed of the following modules and assessment percentages:


  • Physiological factors affecting performance – Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics – 30% - one 2 hour written paper
  • Psychological Factors affecting performance – Skill Acquisition and Sports Psychology – 20% - one 1 hour written paper
  • Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport – Sport and Society, Contemporary issues in sport and society – 20% - one 1 hour written paper
  • Performance in physical education – Performance or coaching assessment, Evaluation and analysis of performance for improvement (similar elements to the analysis performance piece of coursework at GCSE) – 30%


Where next?

Taking this as an A level can gain you entry to the following courses:

  • Football Studies
  • P.E. Teaching
  • Physiotherapy
  • Sport and Outdoor Education
  • Sport and Personal Training
  • Sports Coaching
  • Sports Development
  • Sports Engineering
  • Sports Science
  • Sports Studies
  • Sports Therapy


What are the entrance requirements?

Grade 6 in GCSE PE.


Grade 5 in GCSE English language and Grade 5 in GCSE Science.


Who do I need to see for more information?

Ms A Payne, Head of PE