Physical Education

Exam Board

  • OCR

Course Content

A Level
Theory (70%) Component 1- Physiological Factors Affecting Performance 

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics
Component 2- Psychological Factors Affecting Performance

  • Skill Acquisition
  • Sports Psychology
Component 3- Socio-cultural and Contemporary Issues

  • Sport, society and technological influences
Practical (30%) Component 4- Performance within Physical Education

  • Performance or coaching practical- in one chosen sport (from the approved DfE list)
  • Analysis and Evaluation of Performance for Improvement (EAPI)

Assessment for Examination

A two hour written paper and two one hour written papers for the theory aspect. The practical performance in one sport and an evaluation task are internally assessed and externally moderated.

Entry requirements

It is expected that students will have achieved a grade 6 in GCSE PE and GCSE science, and are competing in their chosen sport at a good standard.

Progression routes and careers

  • Entrance for university courses.
  • Employment in the field of sport, leisure and recreation.
  • Careers in the public services: teaching, nursing and physiotherapy, armed forces and police.