OCR A-level PE is a holistic qualification designed to provide students with an excellent understanding and application of sports science. Over the two years students will gain the knowledge and skills within seven different areas: Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Sports Psychology, Skill Acquisition, Sports Sociology, History of Sport and Sports Analysis. There is also a strong practical performance element that will require students to participate in competitive sport outside of lessons.
What does A-level PE consist of?
Students will have three different specialist teachers to ensure high quality learning throughout. At the end of the two years students will sit three written exams: Paper one is two hours long and covers Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics. Paper two is one hour long and covers Sports Psychology and Skill Acquisition. Paper three is also one hour long and covers Sports Psychology and History of Sport. Towards the middle of the second-year students will be assessed on their practical sport, they will create a recording of their ability to perform all the required skills in isolation and within competition. Finally, students will be assessed on Sports analysis skills through the means of a live oral presentation.
Is this course for me?
If you have keen interest to understand how our bodies produce movement, how they respond to exercise and training and how to peak in sporting performance then this course is for you. The breadth of this course requires you to have a natural liking towards the sciences, such as Biology and the Arts, such as Humanities or English as it will draw upon your academic skills derived from both areas.
What can I do after this course?
An A-level in PE will open you up to a wide variety of career pathways, such as Physiotherapist, Sports Coach, Sports Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, Sports Commentator, Sports Psychologist, Sports Development Officer or a Teacher of Physical Education to name but a few.
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