At a glance
Course title Physical Education
Level AS and A2
Exam board OCR (www.ocr.org.uk)
Physical Education at A Level examines four aspects of sport science:
- Anatomy and physiology
- Sport psychology
- Historical and sociological aspects
- Skill acquisition
This is delivered through a combination of theoretical study and practical performance.
- Unit 1: An introduction to Physical Education, incorporating applied physiology, skill acquisition and opportunities for participation
- Unit 2: Acquiring, developing and evaluating practical skills in Physical Education, incorporating ability as a performer, official or leader, and application of theoretical knowledge for effective performance
- Unit 3: Principles and concepts across different areas of Physical Education, incorporating applied physiology to optimise performance, psychological aspects that optimise performance and evaluation of contemporary influences
- Unit 4: The improvement of effective performance and the critical evaluation of practical activities in Physical Education, incorporating observation, analysis and the application of knowledge and understanding to optimise performance
One 2 hour exam at the end of the AS year to apply theoretical knowledge, including stretch and challenge questions. One 2 ½ hour exam at A2.
Practical - Students perform, analyse and evaluate their own performance in isolated and competitive situations across two sports at AS and one at A2.