Exam Board & Code : OCR H555
Length of Course : 2 Years to full A level  

What is Physical Education A level about?

AS/A2 level physical education is the study of human movement, performance and behaviour in relation to sport and P.E.  It takes a multi-disciplinary approach encouraging the development of a range of methods.  The course aims to provide greater knowledge, insight and understanding of human performances.

Is this course for me?

Do you have a high level of enthusiasm for sport in all its forms?  Have you got a sound understanding of the theory aspects from GCSE PE/BTEC Sport?  If so, this could be the course for you.  This is a demanding course and a lot more time will be spent on theory aspects than the practical ones.

What else do I need to know?

Unlike GCSE/BTEC Sport, this course is mainly theory based. However you will be assessed in one practical sport (70% theory; 30% practical) for which you do have the option of performing or coaching.

What do other students say?

I really feel this course will help me with all of my endeavours as it has broadened my horizons.
PE is made fun and easy, due to great teachers which get you involved in the learning.

Where could it lead?

The PE subject could lead you towards numerous University courses, including: Sports Studies, Sports Science, PE teacher training, Leisure Studies, Sports Management, Stength and Conditioning, Exercise and Health, Nutrition, Sports Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy.  In addition, A level PE is now well regarded as an A level subject when applying to courses in different fields of study. It will also help to gain employment in most sporting sectors such as: Sports Coaching, PE teacher training, Physiotherapy, Personal Training, Sport Psychologist, Lecturer, Sports Management and Sporting Events.

How is this course structured?

Unit Content Unit Assessment

Component 1 - Physiological Factors Affecting Performance 

This section makes up 30% of the overall A Level.

It is worth 90 marks from a 2 hour written paper which includes:

Applied anatomy and physiology

Exercise physiology

Biomechanics

Component 2: Psychological Factors Affecting Performance

This section makes up 20% of the overall A Level.

It is worth 60 marks from a 1 hour written paper which includes:

Skill acquisition

Sports psychology 

Component 3: Socio-Cultural Issues in Physical  Activity and Sport

This section makes up 20% of the overall A Level.

It is worth 60 marks from a 1 hour written paper which includes:

Sport and society

Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport

Component 4 - Performance in Physical Education

This section makes up 30% of the overall A Level.

It is worth 60 marks from a non-exam assessment:

Performance or coaching of an activity

Oral assessment: Evaluation and analysis of performance for improvement