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Key Stage 5

Physical Education Advanced Level 

Qualifications: GCE A level

Exam Board: OCR

Entry Requirements: GCSE grade 5 or above  in English, Maths and Science.  Grade 6 or above in GCSE PE or Level 2 Merit in OCR Sport Studies/BTEC Sport course. Students should be regularly participating in sport and physical activity and have one sport in which they compete regularly. 

Overview

The A Level Physical Education course is ideally suited to any student interested in sport who wishes to gain a more comprehensive understanding and experience in all aspects of the subject. The course is very suited to students who participate in one sport to a good standard and compete regularly in that sport. The course comprises theoretical areas of study (70% of overall grade) and a practical unit of work (30% of overall grade). The A level course is assessed via three exams at the end of Year 13. The practical unit, which is internally assessed and externally moderated, consists of assessment in one sport and an observation and analysis of performance in that sport.

What will I learn?

PE students will gain a comprehensive understanding of three key theoretical areas

  • The Human Body and Function of Movement
  • Psychological Factors that Influence Participation in Physical Activity
  • Sociological and Contemporary Factors that Influence Participation in Physical Activity

Alongside these there is a practical unit in which students will be assessed in one sport. Students will also observe and critically analyse the performance of a player in this one sport as a verbal assessment.  

Opportunities to engage in sport and further skill development include our extra-curricular programme which is updated each term, Level 2 Sports Leaders programme during independent study time, opportunities to work with the PE department to develop experience in teaching and coaching and with our feeder primary schools to broaden that experience and opportunities to get involved in Ten Tors teams and Duke of Edinburgh Awards.   

How will I learn?

You will learn through individual and group work, group discussion, independent reading and research, teacher led sessions, the use of DVD and ICT, role play, educational visits and practical tasks

Where could it lead?

Students may progress to sports related apprenticeships or degree courses, such as Sports Science, Physical Education Teaching, Sport Studies, Dance Movement Studies, Sports Therapy, Physiotherapy, Physical Education Teaching, Sports Management, Leisure Services, Sports Coaching, Sports Media, Physical Recreation, Sports Law and Sports Development. Students can also progress into employment within the sport and leisure industry.

Contact

Daniel Gillard: Faculty Leader for Physical Education                          dgillard@kingedwardvi.devon.sch.uk

OCR Cambridge Technical in Sports Coaching, Leadership and Physical Education 

Qualifications: OCR Cambridge Technical in Sports Coaching, Leadership and Physical Education

Exam Board: OCR

Entry Requirements:  Grade 5 in GCSE Science and Grade 4 or above in GCSE PE or Level 2 Pass in OCR Sport Studies/ BTEC Sport course.  

Overview

The OCR Cambridge Technical is replacing our old BTEC Sport course at Level 3 and will enable students to develop the experience, knowledge and skills to progress into employment, apprenticeships or higher education in the sports coaching, sports science, leisure management and business, personal training and PE teaching sectors. This is an exciting and innovative course which will provide opportunities to work with young people and a range of other professionals and employers.

What will I learn?

This course consists of a range of theoretical and practical units that are assessed through examination and coursework. The Cambridge Technical course can be taken at two different levels of qualification gaining the equivalent of one or two A levels. With each level there is a variation of time allocated to lessons and range of units covered. The mandatory units for both levels of qualification in this course include:

  • Body Systems and the Effects of Physical Activity
  • Sports Coaching and Leadership
  • Sports Organisation and Development
  • Performance Analysis in Sport 

Other units will then be added to these to increase the level of qualification and these include units such as Physical Activity for Specific Groups, Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation, Working Safely in Sport, Exercise, Health and Leisure, Sports Nutrition, Psychology and Sociology in Sport 

How will I learn?

The course is delivered by approaching topics in a practical, vocational, scientific and realistic manner. Students are encouraged to learn both collaboratively and independently through a variety of tasks and assessments. Students will have a lesson on each mandatory and optional unit and assessment is carried out in the form of three external exams covering three of the units and internally assessed assignments for the others. The assignments will take the form of presentations tasks such as PowerPoint, written essays, practical tasks, video based evidence and educational visits.  

Where could it lead?

Employers have recently highlighted the need for students to be able to work with the general public and in particular those who are physically inactive. They need future employees to have the skills, knowledge and understanding to be able to work effectively in the leisure and sport industry. This course will enable progression into either employment, an apprenticeship course or university course such as Sports Science, Sports Coaching, Teaching, Sports Therapy and Sports Management. The course is designed to be part of a programme of study at sixth form and links very well with other subjects, particularly Science, Business, Psychology, Sociology and A level PE.

Contact

Daniel Gillard: Faculty Leader for Physical Education                          dgillard@kingedwardvi.devon.sch.uk