| Contact : Mr R Deacon
|Exam Board & Code : OCR H154 & H554
| 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 a sound understanding of the theory aspects from GCSE PE? 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?
This course is mainly theory based unlike the GCSE, however you will need to have two practical sports in the AS and one in the A2. Your main sport should be performed, although you do have options for your second sport. These include: performing, officiating 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, physiotherapy, etc. It will also help to gain employment in most sporting sectors.
How is this course structured?
| Unit Content
|AS Unit 1: Unit Code: G451
Candidates will acquire an appreciation of topic areas including Anatomy and Physiology, Acquiring Movement Skills and Socio-Cultural Studies relating to participation in physical activity.
|This unit is worth 60% of the AS and 30% of the A2.
The unit will be assessed by a 2hr written paper, which will include questions on each of the three sections.
|AS Unit 2: Unit Code: G452
This is the practical component where a number of combinations could be done to achieve the grade. It includes performing, officiating and coaching. The student also has to do a verbal analysis on a live performance.
|This unit makes up 40% of the AS and 20% of the A2.
The following combinations could be done:
- Perform in two activities from different profiles (e.g. invasion game and a net wall game).
- Perform one activity and coach/lead one activity from a different activity profile.
- Perform one activity and officiate the other activity from a different activity profile. You must also do a live verbal observation and analysis with each of the above combinations.
|A2 Unit 3: Unit code: G453
This unit will be a follow on from the previous year’s topics. It will look at Sport Psychology, Exercise Physiology and Comparative Studies, which the students will compare sport in various aspects between the USA, Australia and the UK.
|This unit makes up 35% of the A2 PE course.
The unit will be assessed by a 2 ½hr written paper and will include questions on each of the three areas. It will also include a synoptic question, which focuses on one area in depth.
|A2 Unit 4: Unit Code: G454
This is the A2 practical component. The student will need to be assessed on one activity and perform a verbal analysis on a live performance.
|This unit makes up 15% of the A2 PE course.
Candidates will be assessed in either:
- Performing one activity.
- Coaching/Leading one activity, officiating in one activity.
A verbal analysis on a live performance is required with each of the above options.