Physical Education

A Level

Exam Board: A Level Physical Education – OCR

Course Summary

Physical Education gives you an in-depth insight into the many components underpinning sport, from the practical elements of physical activity to the science behind it.

After studying Physical Education at Barton Peveril you will be able to explain how to optimise physiological performance using theory, analyse the psyche of elite performers and understand the impact of 21st century society on sport.

Entry Requirements

  • GCSEs to include a minimum Grade 4 in English, Mathematics and Science
  • Minimum average GCSE score of 5
  • Students must be actively competing in a selected sport on a regular basis


This course has a mixture of:

  • 70% Exam
  • 15% Practical Performance
  • 15% Coursework



  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Sport Psychology
  • Sport and Society
  • Contemporary Issues in Sport
  • Practical Performance Assessment
  • Evaluation and Analysis of Performance

Why choose this course?

  • Highly academic course focusing on challenging anatomical, psychological and sociological topics
  • A history of students progressing to sport-based courses at highly-respected universities including Loughborough, Bath and Birmingham
  • Excellent examination results

Where might it lead?

The mixture of practical and theoretical elements makes the options available after studying Physical Education wide and varied. Many students go on to work and study in Sports Science, Physiotherapy, Sports Therapy, Strength and Conditioning, Sports Psychology, Sports Performance Analysis, Sports Development, Teaching, Coaching and Sports Journalism.


Leon Baker

"Barton Peveril is enthusiastic, driven and successful."

Read more about Leon and some of our other students.