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A LEVEL (OCR H155)

What interests should I have if I want to take this course?
 
If you want to study sport at college or university or are considering a career in sport this will be an excellent course for you. A level PE will improve your knowledge and understanding of the physical, psychological, social and technological factors which affect participation and performance in sporting activities. Furthermore, the knowledge you will gain will make your decision making and overall performance in your chosen sport much more effective.
 
A level PE will be a suitable choice for you if you have a keen interest in a variety of sports and topical issues regarding sport and exercise. It is essential you are committed to ONE physical activity. This should involve you training and competing on a weekly basis.
 
What minimum qualifications will I need at the start of the course?
 
4 in English, 5 in Science and an aps of 4. 
4 in PE if taken.
 
What Teaching and Learning methods will be used?
 
Practical activities, class discussions, ICT opportunities, independent and group work/presentations.
 
What will I learn about?
 
Component 1: Physiological factors affecting performance 
  • Applied anatomy and physiology, Exercise physiology and Biomechanics 
  • 90 marks. 2 hour written paper
  • 30% of total A level
Component 2: Psychological factors affecting performance
  • Skill acquisition and Sports psychology 
  • 60 marks. 1 hour written paper
  • 20% of total A level 
Component 3: Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and  Sport
  • Sport and society 
  • Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport
  • 60 marks. 1 hour written paper
  • 20% of total A level  
Performance in Physical Education
You will study ONE physical activity from the DfES list below:
  • Amateur Boxing         
  • Badminton
  • Basketball  
  • Blind Cricket 
  • Boccia 
  • Camogie
  • Canoeing    
  • Cricket
  • Cycling - Track or road cycling only  
  • Dance
  • Diving - Platform diving    
  • Equestrian
  • Gaelic football   
  • Goal Ball
  • Golf  
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey - Field Hockey only – no ice or roller hockey
  • Handball  
  • Hurling
  • Kayaking  
  • Lacrosse
  • Netball  
  • Polybat
  • Powerchair football          
  • Rock Climbing 
  • Rowing 
  • Sculling
  • Rugby League - Cannot be tag rugby. Can be assessed as sevens or fifteen a side  
  • Rugby Union - Cannot be tag rugby. Can be assessed as sevens or fifteen a side 
  • Skiing - Must take place on snow, can be indoor or outdoor
  • Snowboarding - Must take place on snow, can be indoor or outdoor
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table Cricket   
  • Table Tennis 
  • Tennis  
  • Trampolining
  • Volleyball  
  • Wheelchair basketball
  • Wheelchair rugby    

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in TWO ways:

  1. Performance or Coaching. You will receive a mark out of 30 for your ability to perform or coach in ONE of the activities listed above.
  2. The Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement (EAPI). You will receive a mark out of 30 for your ability to observe an individual’s live or recorded performance in your chosen activity and then evaluate their performance and propose a viable development plan (GCE) to improve that performance.

This accounts for 30% of the total A Level.

What can I go on to study at the end of my course?

With an A Level in PE you will be able to confidently pursue a range of sports degree courses including physiotherapy at university. You will also be equipped to improve your own and others’ practical performances in your chosen sporting activity. This could lead on to a coaching career.

How can I find out more information?

Visit the OCR website: www.ocr.org.uk or speak to your PE teacher.