Building on our long tradition of sporting excellence and the development of our Elite Sport Academies, we are very pleased to be offering Advanced Level Physical Education and Sport to students entering our senior school. We will be following the new OCR Specification.
OCR’s Advanced level GCE in Physical Education seeks to develop the student’s knowledge, understanding, skills and application for physical education and sport.
This specification is a refreshing and innovative approach to the study of Physical Education (PE) and sport at an advanced level. Students will develop an understanding of how sports science can be used to enhance their own performance.
Course content – over the two years’ students will study:
Sports Physiology and Biomechanical Movement: This unit is divided into two subject areas: the first delves into the science behind the musculo-skeletal, cardio-respiratory and neuromuscular systems. Other topics you will study include energy systems, principles of training, nutrition and health components of fitness. The second area looks at biomechanical movement which includes an analysis of human movement and focuses on Newton’ s Laws and lever systems.
Sports Psychology and Skill Acquisition: In Year 12, students will develop a knowledge and understanding of how athletes acquire and develop movement skills and use guidance / feedback to aid performance. The Year 13 course is more focused on how group dynamics can affect performance and how elite sports performers mentally prepare for exercise by using the attribution theory and stress management techniques.
Sports Sociology and the Role of Technology: Students will develop an understanding of the impact of Physical Activity of Society, as well as contemporary issues such as sponsorship, media, drugs and violence in sport. Students will also look at the enhanced use of technology in sports performance.
Practical Aspect: The fundamental ethos for this unit is to engage participants in two tasks. Students will be assessed as a performer or coach in their favourite sport, where we expect students to be competing on a weekly basis. In addition, students will use video analysis to assess their performance and conduct independent research into the structure, provision and analysis of sport and physical activity.
This course should not be considered as an easy option (70% theory based). The course demands a high level of commitment to sport (30% practical based). Success in Advanced Level Physical Education and Sport will provide a stepping stone to higher education and/or to a career in the ever increasing sport and leisure industry. In recent years, a number of students have gone on to study Sport Science, Physical Education and Strength and Conditioning at a number of prestigious universities including Loughborough and Exeter. Sport and Physical Education is widely recognised by the top universities as a science subject and may also complement the study of other Advanced Level subjects, particularly the sciences.
Grade 6 in GCSE Sports Science or Grade 6 in Biology guarantees a place on this course.
Please note that applicants must also meet our overall entry requirements of scoring at least a total of 42 points (simply add up all your GCSE grades) and achieve a Grade 4 or higher in both English Language and Mathematics.
You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as Science or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Physical Education, which could lead onto higher education in areas of Sport Studies, Recreation, Exercise and Science or more general higher education courses. With further training you could go into a job related to Physical Education such as a Physiotherapist, Teacher or Exercise and Fitness Trainer. You could also go straight into a job as the GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the Sporting and Health Sectors.