Physical Education

The A-Level PE course is taught by three subject specialist staff across the Senior Boys’ and Senior Girls’ schools.

The OCR specification puts an increased emphasis on Anatomy and Physiology and is well-suited to students with a genuine interest in sport who wish to study the theory behind the practical side of PE. The course is delivered through both theoretical and practical sessions, giving students the chance to directly observe and experience aspects of the content as they learn it.

Girls undertake a rigorous programme of academic study across a range of disciplines and topics including fluid mechanics, ethics and deviance in sport, muscle function and types of contractions, leadership, aggression and the emergence of the Olympic Games.

Students studying A Level Physical Education benefit from small class sizes with the use of our state of the art Ian Robinson Sports Centre, complete with its own teaching block. 30% of the course is based on a pupil’s own practical ability, so it is important they are actively engaged in a sport of their choice.

Assessment is by three exams covering physiological and psychological factors affecting performance, socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport and practical performance.

Students visit The Athlete Factory to experience how elite sports performers plan their training and take part in a university trip to see sports science in action.

A-Level Physical Education is particularly useful for those who may be considering a career in Physiotherapy, Sports Science or Sports Management.