Rickmansworth School Sixth Form Prospectus

Examining Body - OCR LINEAR


REQUIREMENTS - GCSE LEVEL Grade 6 in PE or if not studied at GCSE Level Science Grade 6


No specific additional costs, but students must be participating in sport and physical activity inside and outside of school. Students must be able to perform in at least one sport from the OCR approved list to a good standard as this ability makes up 35% of the final grade.


ASSESSMENT A LEVEL - comprised of two exams and two practicals: COMPONENT 1 - THEORY Written Paper 2hrs 30% of A Level mark An Introduction to Physical Education Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics COMPONENT 2 - PRACTICAL Moderated Coursework 20% of A Level mark Acquiring, Developing and Evaluating Practical Skills Skill Acquisition, Sports Psychology COMPONENT 3 - THEORY Written Paper 2.5hrs 35% of A Level mark Principles and Concepts Across Different Areas of Physical Education COMPONENT 4 - PRACTICAL Moderated Coursework 15% of A Level mark Improvement of Effective Performance and the Critical Evaluation of Practical Activities in Physical Education Practical Performance in one sport Analysis and Evaluation of Performance

The focus of the course is on performance in physical activity and through academic study, you will gain the knowledge to improve yours and others’ performance or coaching through application of the theory. You will gain an understanding of the impact sport has on your everyday life and you will learn the reasons why we do things, and why some people outperform others - mentally and physically. Ethical considerations behind the use of drugs and also the influence that modern technology is having on physical activity and sport is examined. Physical activity is integral to a balanced, active and healthy lifestyle and has an impact on many other components. The OCR course will give candidates the opportunity to develop a wide-ranging set of key skills, including; • Communication using appropriate language • Dealing with pressure • Analysing & evaluating to improve sports performance • Development of strong literacy and numeracy skills It is essential to the course that students are playing sport both inside and outside of school. The practical element of the course is worth 30% and is assessed over one activity. PROGRESSION Higher education institutions and employers have consistently flagged the need for students to develop a range of transferable skills to enable them to confidently respond to the demands of undergraduate study and the world of work. You will also develop leadership techniques to support you in any chosen career. The study of PEwill develop your confidence and by engaging in coaching younger students you can expect to see a development in your communication skills. Potential degrees include Sports Science, Teaching, Sport Teacher/ Coach and Leisure Management. • Split second decision making • Interpreting and analysing data


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