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AS/A2 Level Physical Education for OCR

This is an excellent opportunity to acquire and develop theoretical knowledge relating to all aspects of sport and Physical Education. The course also requires a high standard of analytical and practical skills in relation to sports performance.


Theoretical Course – Modules & Content


  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology– musculo-skeletal system, cardio-respiratory system, neuromuscular system, energy systems.
  • Exercise Physiology– diet and nutrition and their effect on physical activity and performance, preparation and training methods in relation to maintaining and improving physical activity and performance, injury prevention and the rehabilitation of injury.
  • Biomechanical Movement– biomechanical principles (newton’s laws, force, centre of mass), levers, analysis of movement, types of motion, fluid mechanics.
  • Skill Acquisition– skill continuums and transfer of skills, principle and theories of learning and performance, how skill classification impacts practice and learning, use of guidance and feedback, memory and information processing.
  • Sport Psychology– Individual aspects of performance (personality, attitudes, anxiety, aggression), team/group dynamics, goal setting, attribution theory, self-efficacy, leadership, confidence, stress management.
  • Sport and Society– Factors leading to the emergence of modern sport through the globalisation of sport in the 21st Century, the impact of sport on society and society on sport, sporting ethics and deviance, talent identification and elite performance, the impact of commercialisation on physical activity and sport, sport and media.
  • The role of technology in physical activity and sport– The use of technology to analyse physical activity and sport, the development of equipment and facilities in physical activity and sport, the role of technology in sport for performers and the audience.

These modules account for 70% of the AS and A-Level courses and are assessed via a written examination in the summer exam period. The specific details of the course are being finalised by OCR and therefore may be subject to change. At the present time we expect to teach a combination of the modules listed above; non-bold text relates to AS content and bold text relates to A2 content.


Analysis and Evaluation of Performance

You will be assessed in your ability to observe, analyse and evaluate a sport performance. In this task your verbal response skills will be tested, alongside your ability to design a viable training program to improve the performer. This is worth 15% of AS/A2 course.


Practical Performance

Practical Assessment - your sporting ability will be assessed as a player/performer or coach in one sport. There is a specific list of sports available for assessment. Check GCE Physical Education activity list on the DfE website for more details. A higher standard is expected to reach the very top grades. This is worth 15% of the AS/A2 course.


Work expectations

-       Personal revision from core texts / background reading.

-       Interpretation of diagrams, pictures, overheads.

-       Practical lessons applying theory to performance situations.

-       Performance analysis and evaluation.

-       Group work/class discussions/partner work

-       Presentations

-       Exam answer preparation / monthly assessment tasks


Progressions beyond A-level PE

  • University degree / masters / PhD / PGCE (sports science, physical education)
  • Careers (PE teacher, armed forces, physiotherapy, sports coaching, leisure services, medical research, university lecturer, sport & exercise psychologist, diet/nutrition, health professional, fitness coach)


Entry requirements

Five GCSEs C or above (GCSE PE not essential)

Grade B or above in GCSE PE (if taken)

National / regional / county / district representation in a sport(s) preferred

School level sports representation essential

Regular participation in sport & exercise essential



“A-level PE at Hagley has allowed me to continue my close relationship with the PE department. Mr Behan, Mr Barratt and Mr Rich have supported me with my work throughout the year, and have given up their free time to provide revision and mentoring sessions for the group/individuals. As well as this, the PE department have continued to make Wednesday afternoons enjoyable by offering a range of sport, both competitive and recreational, and also allowing us to request any sport of our choice!”

Sam Anderson 2014

“So far, my time as a Hagley PE student has been great. I have found the A-level course really interesting and the teachers have been really supportive. I would definitely recommend PE at Hagley! I am actually on roll as a Haybridge student, but everyone at Hagley has been very welcoming and friendly J”

Erica Harris 2014



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