Physical Education

Course Information

Are you ...

  • passionate about sport?
  • driven to find out how you can improve your performance?
  • interested in how our bodies push themselves to their physical peak?
  • keen to understand what gives Olympic champions the psychological edge over their competitors?
  • intrigued by why sport is a national obsession, dominating the media and impacting the health of our nation?

If the answer is yes, then Physical Education is the subject for you. The course is extremely diverse, it allows you to explore and enhance your own sporting ability, but also bridges the academic divide between the arts and sciences. We follow the OCR Specification.

The Advanced Subsidiary GCE is both a ‘stand-alone’ qualification and also the first half of the corresponding Advanced GCE. From September 2013 the AS GCE is made up of two mandatory units: Unit G451: An introduction to Physical Education, which is externally assessed, and Unit G452: Acquiring, developing and evaluating practical skills in Physical Education, which is externally set, internally assessed and externally moderated. Together they form 50% of the corresponding four unit Advanced GCE. Topics covered in the theoretical part of the AS course include:

Anatomy and Physiology

  • The skeletal and muscular systems
  • Motion and movement
  • The cardiovascular and respiratory systems in relation to the performance of physical activity

Acquiring Movement Skills

  • Classification of motor skills and abilities
  • The development of motor skills
  • Information processing
  • Motor control of skills in physical activity
  • Learning skills in physical activity

Socio-Cultural Studies relating to participation in physical activity

  • Physical activity
  • Sport and culture
  • Contemporary sporting issues

The Advanced GCE is made up of two mandatory units at AS and two further units at A2: Unit G453: Principles and concepts across different areas of Physical Education, which is externally assessed, and Unit G454: The improvement of effective performance and the critical evaluation of practical activities in practical activities in Physical Education, which is externally set, internally assessed and externally moderated. Topics covered in the theoretical part of the A2 course include:

Comparative Studies - The United Kingdom (UK) / The United States of America (USA) / Australia [Culture/Commercialism/School Sport/Mass Participation]

Sports Psychology - Individual aspects of performance / Group dynamics of performance and audience effects / Mental preparation for physical activity

Exercise and Sport Physiology - Energy / Health components of physical fitness / Application of the principles of training / Performance enhancement

The practical part of the course involves selecting two sports at AS Level and one sport at A2 that you are assessed in (how well you can play the sports). There is a vast selection of sports that you can choose from and you do not have to take part in them at school. For one of the sports, you have to evaluate another performer and explain using technical vocabulary, what they do well and what they need to improve upon. You will also need to show knowledge of how young performers are able to start playing the sport and draw on knowledge of the other modules to complete your presentation.

Entry Requirements

Pupils must have gained a B grade in GCSE PE. If students did not study GCSE PE then a C grade in Biology or BC in double award science is required. Students studying Level 2 BTEC Sport must achieve a merit grade as a minimum. Most importantly students will need to have a genuine interest in sport and a desire to gain an in-depth knowledge of the subject. Students are also expected to participate in sports both inside and outside of school to a good level.

Career Pathway

Many of our students go onto Higher Education sports based courses and there are lots of potential careers where an A Level in PE could lead; PE teaching, physiotherapy, sports nutritionist, biomechanical analyst, sport and leisure centre management, play leader, sports therapy, coaching.
Recently we have been very proud to see ex-students qualifying as PE teachers with the county and others that have gone on to careers in the armed forces and sports therapy.

Should you like to receive any additional information on this course please contact

Mr Steve Edgell – Learning Lead

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