Physical Education

Exam Board OCR

Why Should I Study This Course?

The content has been designed to allow students to study Physical Education in an academic setting, enabling them to critically analyse and evaluate their physical performance and apply their experience of physical activity in developing their knowledge of the subject.
The examined components will provide the knowledge and understanding which underpin the non-examined (NEA). The NEA allows students to explore an activity in detail as a performer or coach, chosen from a wide variety of sporting activities. Students will also analyse and evaluate performance in a chosen activity as part of their NEA.
This course will prepare students for the further study of PE or sports science courses as well as other related subject areas such as psychology, sociology and biology, developing the transferable skills that are in demand by further education, Higher Education and employers in all sectors of industry.
This specification will create confident, independent thinkers and effective decision makers who can operate successfully as individuals and as part of a team, all skills that will enable students to stand out and positively promote themselves as they progress through life.

What Kind of Student is This Suitable For?

Students with a keen interest and ambition to pursue a career in PE or sport should definitely consider this course. An A*-B at GCSE is desirable to have the prior knowledge to succeed on this course.

You must also play a sport at competitive level.

Course Breakdown

The content of OCR’s A Level in Physical Education is divided into four components. Each component is further sub divided into topic areas.

How is the Course Examined?

  • Component 1: Physiological factors affecting performance. 90 marks, two hour written paper – 30% of A Level.
  • Component 2: Psychological factors affecting performance. 60 marks, one hour written paper – 20% of A Level.
  • Component 3: Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport. 60 marks, one hour written paper – 20% of A Level.

How is the Course Assessed?

  • Component 4: Performance in physical education. 60 marks – 30% of A Level via performance or coaching in one physical activity and evaluation and analysis of performance for improvement.

PE Teaching Staff

This course is delivered by:
Mrs S Arnold
Mr M Campbell
Mr K Loftus