Physical Education

Exam Board: OCR

Are you thinking of becoming a Physiotherapist? Wanting to influence the Diet and Exercise Habits of the nation? Fascinated by the Human Body? Aiming to become a Sports Psychologist? Interested in the History of Sport? Studying other Sciences? Or do you just want to understand the why behind sports performance? If so, A Level PE is for you.

Studying A Level PE opens students' eyes to the amazing world of sports performance. Through the two-year course, students are equipped with the knowledge, understanding and skills to develop their own performance and understand the how and why of physical activity and sport. In the course, Physical Education is studied though a range of different contexts where students will learn the reasons why we do things, why some people outperform others, mentally and physically. Students will also delve into the ethical considerations behind the use of performance enhancing drugs and the influence that modern technology is having in and on physical activity and sport today.


70% Exam

Exams – there are 3

Paper 1 (2 hours) worth 30% Physiological factors affecting performance

Paper 2 (1 hour) worth 20% Psychological factors affecting performance

Paper 3 (1 hour) worth 20% Socio-cultural issues in Physical activity and sport.

30% Practical and Verbal assessment

15% Practical Performance – A practical performance in one sport

15% EAPI – Verbal Assessment – An analysis of performance for one performer within a sport of your choice


Our general entry requirements are that you will need a minimum of five Grade 5s or above in your GCSEs to study A-Levels including Maths & English.

To study A Level PE at Meden, students must achieve a GCSE PE grade 5 or above PLUS grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language. Students MUST be involved in at least one sport outside of school.