What is this subject about?

The main focus of the subject is on participation and performance in physical activity as part of a balanced, active and healthy lifestyle. The subject involves an academic study of physical activity and its practical performance. Note please: the subject is 70% theory and 30% practical.

What will I study in the first year?

During the first year you study six main areas of applied anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, the acquisition of skill, sports psychology and sport and society. In addition there is practical work. You select and be assessed in one practical option from a range of individual activities and games. Students are also required to do an interview involving an analysis of another performance in their one assessed activity.

What will I study in the second year?

In the second year you will continue with topics taught in year 1, and also look at the contemporary issues in physical activity and sport. In the second year students are again assessed in only one practical activity of their choice. Students are also required to do an extended interview in their chosen sport, which builds on the analysis done in the first year.

How is the course assessed?

Assessment is by one written examination, an interview on one of your chosen sports, and practical internal and external moderation at the end of each year. During both years, practical work is 20%, the interview 10%, and the examination 70%.

What skills will I need and develop in this course?

You will need to develop an ability to apply your theoretical knowledge to a range of practical sporting situations. You will need to be able to analyse and evaluate performance and to identify key priorities for improving performance. You will develop your own individual skills in two sports. You will need to be able to discuss the various factors that make for a balanced, active and healthy lifestyle.

Will I need to buy a textbook?

No, you will be provided with a textbook when necessary in classes. However we strongly recommend purchasing OCR revision guides as well. you will be provided with a textbook when necessary in classes. However we strongly recommend purchasing OCR revision guides as well.

What kit will I need?

You will be told when you will be taking part in practical lessons; you need any sensible sports clothing.


What can the course lead to in terms of higher education and future careers?

The course provides a suitable foundation for specialist study in both Physical Education and Sports Studies in higher education and are also suitable qualifications for other areas of study. The course provides an excellent foundation for candidates intending to pursue careers in teaching and coaching, sports development, the leisure industry, recreational management, health, leisure and fitness, and professional sport.

Entry Requirements

​What are the formal entry requirements for this course?

Aside from the general entry criteria that the College requires, you ideally need at least a Grade C in Science GCSE. If you have taken GCSE PE you are expected to have achieved a high grade, but you can take this course without previously having studied GCSE PE.

Extra Support

What extra support/enrichment activities are on offer?

The College has sports fixtures in Football, Rugby Union, Basketball, Hockey and Netball. If students play these sports they are encouraged to try to get into a team by attending trials. The College offers courses in Sports Leaders Award and a Higher Sports Leaders Award which are excellent introductions to coaching.

In addition we organise a Level 1 Football Coaching Course as well as a fitness week at Club La Santa, Lanzarote at the end of the academic year.

Subject combination advice

Subject combination advice:

PE is suitable to be combined with any A Level. Biology is a good choice, as is Psychology as both subjects underpin knowledge that you will gain in PE. Students wishing to pursue a more vocational pathway may want to consider the BTEC Sports Extended Certificate or the BTEC Specialist Diploma in Sports and Coaching.