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Physical Education

Subject Area: Sports & Leisure
Level: TWO-YEAR A Level
Exam Board: OCR
Syllabus No:

What do I need to study this course?

Grade 4 or above in GCSE Combined Science or a distinction in Level 2 Applied Science, as well as grade 4 or above in GCSE English. Students wishing to study A-Level Physical education must show a commitment to playing their chosen sport on a regular basis, whether this be at local club level or for the college teams.


What will I study?

This course is assessed by both written examinations and practical performance. You will be assessed as a performer or coach in the full-sided version of one activity. You will also produce a verbal piece of coursework which will analyse and evaluate performance, identify weaknesses with suggested causes, and suggest appropriate corrective measures.

The topics you will study are:

  • Physiological factors affecting performance: applied anatomy and physiology; exercise physiology and biomechanics
  • Skill acquisition and psychological factors affecting performance
  • Socio-cultural issues in physical activity: sport and society; contemporary issues and sport

Exam weighting:

Physiological factors affecting performance: 90 marks, 2-hour paper, 30%

Psychological factors affecting performance: 60 marks, 1-hour paper, 20%

Socio-cultural issues in physical activity: 60 marks, 1-hour paper, 20%

Performance in physical education: non-examined assessment, 30%


What next?

PE at Notre Dame encourages students to immerse themselves in the world of sport, with the chance to perform or coach a sport (through the non-exam assessment component), and delve into the how and why of physical activity.

This A level provides an excellent basis for further study or employment within the sport, health and fitness sector.

It is particularly useful for a career or degree in: health and exercise science, sports therapy, sports management, teaching PE, leisure studies, physiotherapy, outdoor pursuits, coaching, sports technology or sports development.

Did you know?

There have been three Olympic Games held in countries that no longer exist.