Physical Education

Pyysical edication (Sports science)

OCR Exam Board

Studying A-Level Physical Education will give you a fantastic insight into the amazing world of sports performance. Not only will you have the chance to perform or coach a sport through the non-exam assessment component, you will also develop a wide ranging knowledge into the how and why of Physical activity and sport.
The combination of physical performance and academic challenge provides an exciting opportunity for students. You can perform, and then through the academic study improve your performance or coaching though application of the theory.
Physical Education is studied though a range of different contexts and the impact it has on both ours and other’s everyday lives. You will learn the reasons why we do things, why some people out perform others, mentally and physically. You will also delve into the ethical considerations behind the use of drugs and also the influence that modern technology is having in and on
physical activity and sport.
Component 01: Physiological factors affecting performance (30% of A-Level) 90marks 2hr written paper
  • 1.1 Applied anatomy and physiology
  • 1.2 Exercise physiology
  • 1.3 Biomechanics.
Component 02: Psychological factors affecting performance (20% of A-Level) 60marks 1hr written paper
  • 2.1 Skill acquisition
  • 2.2 Sports psychology.
Component 03: Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport (20% of A-Level) 60marks 1hr written paper
  • 3.1 Sport and Society
  • 3.2 Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport.
Component 04: Performance in physical education (NEA) 30% of A-Level, Internally assessed, externally moderated.
  • 4.1 Performance or coaching of an activity taken from the approved lists.
  • 4.2 Non-Exam assessment, one performance analysis task.
A Level Physical Education is an excellent base for a university degree in sports science, sports management, healthcare, or exercise and health. Physical Education can also complement further study in biology, human biology, physics, psychology, nutrition, sociology and many more.
A Level Physical Education can open up a range of career opportunities including: sports development, sports
coaching, physiotherapy, personal training or becoming one of the next generation of PE teachers. The transferable skills you learn through your study of Physical Education, such as decision making and independent thinking are also useful in any career path you choose to take.


Mrs M Richards: (HOF)