Sixth Form: Physical Education

Subject Overview

OCR’s A Level in Physical Education will equip learners with both a depth and breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills relating to scientific, socio-cultural and practical aspects of physical education. This requires them 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

Entry Requirements

  • A Grade 4 or higher in Biology or  Grade 4-4  or higher in GCSE Double Science
  • In addition, candidates will have an interview with Head of PE regarding sporting activities and interests as part of the course

Syllabus (Course Outline and Structure)

Content   Overview              Assessment   Overview

  • Applied anatomy and Physiology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Biomechanics



 Physiological factors affecting performance (01)*

90 marks in 2 hour written paper


 30% of total    A level


  • Skill acquisition
  • Sports psychology



 Psychological factors affecting performance (02)*

60 marks in a 1 hour written paper


 20% of total    A level


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

Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and  sport  (03)*

60 marks in a 1 hour written paper


 20% of total A level


  • Performance or Coaching
  • Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement



Performance in physical education (04)*

60 marks** in non-exam assessment (NEA)


 30% of total   A level

Full detailed syllabus

Syllabus link

Practical Activity Lists/Non Exam Assessment

For a full range of practical activities permitted for this course follow the link below.

Guide to non-examined assessment

Expected Costs

There are no additional costs for this course.

Complementary Subject Combinations and Enrichment Activities

Combining studies with Biology, Physics or Psychology would be benefical to candidates

Schemes of Work/Topic Exploration Packs

Energy for exercise

Sports Psychology

Modern Technology in Sport

Motion & Forces

Specimen Papers

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