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Pupils benefit from an extremely broad, balanced and flexible curriculum in both the prep and senior schools, and from an exceptional elite sports programme in the senior school as part of wide-ranging extra-curricular provision.

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PE

At A Level we offer the OCR course. You do not have to have studied GCSE PE to take the A Level course.

The course is run as a linear two year A Level.  There are three topic areas which are taught throughout the two years and make up 70% of the A level.  These are:

  1. Physiological Factors Affecting Sporting Performance (30%)
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  1. Psychological Factors Affecting Sports Performance (20%)
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Sports Psychology
  1. Socio-cultural and Contemporary Issues (20%)
  • Sport and Society
  • Contemporary Issues in Physical Activity and Sport

Each of these three topic areas is examined by a separate paper, enabling students to break up their revision.

In addition to this is the practical element of the A level, worth 30%.  Students require one very good practical sport chosen from a wide range of activities and they can be assessed as either a participant or a coach. The practical score is worth 15% of the A level. There are 34 practical options for students to be assessed in, which are:

Amateur boxing

Association football

Athletics

Badminton

Basketball

Camogie

Canoeing

Cricket

Cycling

Dance

Diving

Gaelic football

Golf

Gymnastics

Handball

Hockey

Equestrian

Hurling

Kayaking

Lacrosse

Netball

Rock climbing

Rowing

Rugby league

Rugby union

Sculling

Skiing

Snowboarding

Squash

Swimming

Table tennis

Trampolining

Volleyball

Plus several disability specialist activities

 The students will also be required to give an oral interview known as an EAPI (Evaluate and Analyse Performance for Improvement).   The EAPI gives the remaining 15% of the A level.  For this, the students view a live performance in their chosen sport and use their practical and theoretical knowledge to analyse the performance and suggest ways to improve it.  

Pupils benefit from an extremely broad, balanced and flexible curriculum in both the prep and senior schools, and from an exceptional elite sports programme in the senior school as part of wide-ranging extra-curricular provision.

ISI 2013
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