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Physical Education


Physical Education Physical Education Mr Lawson OCR A level

Course Entry Requirements

In order to be successful on this course you must have a real interest in Physical Education and Sport.  You are required to have achieved a minimum of grade 6 (B) in Physical Education or a Distinction* in Level 2 BTEC PE, a 6,6 in Science and 4 in English.  The course also requires you to be practically strong.

You must be regularly competing at COMPETITION LEVEL or be a certified coach in at least one sport to be accepted, as a log of competitive participation needs to be shown as part of the course.  Prior to being accepted on the course, you must pass a theoretical assessment and be assessed practically to ascertain the suitability of your sporting prowess.

Course Aims

All specifications are designed to encourage candidates to:

  • develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance;
  • understand how physiological and psychological states affect performance;
  • understand the key socio-cultural factors that influence people’s involvement in physical activity and sport;
  • understand the role of technology in physical activity and sport;
  • refine their ability to perform effectively in physical activity and sport by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas;
  • develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance;
  • understand the contribution which physical activity makes to health and fitness;
  • improve as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with curious and enquiring minds.

Course Structure

Candidates study three discrete areas, physiology, psychology and socio-cultural aspect, which are examined by three papers at the end of 2 years.  Each area carries equal weighting in the exam.  Students choose a combination of practical performance, coaching, leading or officiating as part of their coursework.  Candidates are required to give an oral interview where candidates must be able to evaluate performance and design a suitable training programme to improve performance.

Content Overview

Assessment Overview


  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Biomechanics

Physiological factors affecting performance

90 marks

2 hours written paper


  • Skill Acquisition
  • Sports Psychology

Psychological factors affecting performance

60 marks

1 hour written paper


  • Sport and sociology
  • Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport

Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport

60 marks

1 hour written paper


  • Performance or Coaching
  • Evaluation and analysis of Performance for improvement (EAPI)

Performance in physical education

60 marks

Non exam assessment



Progression and Careers

The course provides a good basis for progression onto a number of sports related university courses, such as Sports Studies, Sports Sciences or combined degrees such as Sports Development and Business.  Furthermore the academic content of the course complements those students wishing to pursue a science based course at university.  This course will also provide a good basis for careers in health, leisure and fitness and anyone wishing to pursue sports coaching or development as a career.

Exam Board


Contact Name

For further information, please see Mr Lawson – Head of Physical Education.