A Level PE

The focus of these specifications is on participation and performance in physical activity as part of a balanced, active and healthy lifestyle. Students studying the OCR specificationwill increase their physical competence, develop their involvement and effectiveness in physical activity and enable them to become informed and discerning decision-makers in relation to their and others’ involvement in physical activity.

By studying A-Level PE you could go on to study at a top University leading towards a career in the following…

Physiotherapy, Nutritionist, Sports Massage, Sports Medicine, Biomechanist, PE Teacher, Sports Development, Fitness Industry, Sport Infrastructure, Sports Law, Finance in Sport, Journalism, Coaching, Photography, Events Management, Sports Psychology.

The Petchey Academy's Physical Education actively supports and contributes to the academy's overall philosophy. The teaching of physical education is concerned with enabling every student to become independently active, to provide them with the background, skills and motivation to opt into physical activity as a lifestyle habit. This involves a progression from being teacher - dependent for participation and organisation to assuming responsibility for planning, carrying out and reviewing their own programmes of activity. This would be according to interest and opportunity both within the school and within the local community.

The P.E. Subject Area also believes that physical education contributes to the totality of a physical educational experience, extending beyond the physical to include personal, social and emotional elements. Movement can give pleasure and satisfaction, is a means of expression and communication, and it involves the mind and senses to a high degree. It is a distinct yet integral part of the educational process.


Year 12:

Students study two AS Level Units; Unit 1: An Introduction into Physical Education & Unit 2: Acquiring, Developing and Evaluating Practical Skills in Physical Education.
Unit 1 introduces students to anatomy and physiology, sport psychology and sociocultural issues in sport. Unit 1 is worth 60% of the final grade and is a written examination. Unit 2 is a practical unit and is assessed in two physical activities with a log book and a 10 minute interview analysing the performance of another performer. Students must take perform in a sport and take part in physical activity regularly to be able to complete this course.
Anatomy & Physiology, Acquiring Movement Skills & Socio-Cultural Studies.2 hour written paper. 60% of AS grade.
Coursework: Performance and Analysis of Performance in 2 Sports. Practical Assessment. 40% of AS grade.

Year 13:

Students build on their knowledge and understanding from AS-Level by studying an additional two A2-Level Units; Unit 3: Principles and concepts across different areas of Physical Education.

And Unit 4: The improvement of effective performance and the critical evaluation of practical activities in Physical Education. Unit 3 allows students to deepen their understanding of Exercise Physiology & Sports Psychology. Students will also develop their analytical skills by comparing sport in the UK with sport in The USA & Australia. Unit 4 is a coursework unit and will be assessed in one of the two sports from Year 12. In addition student will need to carry out ann evaluation, appreciation and then be able to improve performance.

Exercise Physiology, Sports Psychology and Socio-Cultural Studies. 2.5 hour paper. 35% of final overall grade.
Coursework: Performance and Analysis of Performance in 1 Sport. Practical Assessment. 15% of final overall grade.

BTEC Sports & Exercise Science:

BTEC Level 3 Sports & Exercise Science is for people who have a passion for sport and want to go onto higher education or a career in sport. It will develop an enthusiasm for studying sports science and enables students to gain an understanding of sport in a range of contexts. Students will study 18 sports related vocational units across the 2 years. All units are 100% coursework and will be assessed in the form of assignments. Examples of topic areas covered include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Sports Psychology
  • Biomechanics
  • Research Methods
  • Fitness Testing and Training
  •  Sports Nutrition
  • Sports Injuries
  • Coaching

The course provides education and training for sport, leisure and recreation employees in a vocationally specific qualification. It gives full-time learners the opportunity to enter employment in the sport and active leisure sector or to progress to higher education vocational qualifications in sport or related areas. It give learners the opportunity to develop a range of techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life. An overall grade for the qualification is awarded which has UCAS equivalency and is recognised by universities in the UK when establishing their entry requirements for higher education.