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Physical Education


A level Physical Education allows students to study Physical Education in an academic setting. It equips learners with a depth and breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills relating to scientific, socio-cultural, and practical aspects of Physical Education. It also enables students to further explore a practical activity in detail, chosen from a number of sporting activities, as either a performer or coach, as well as to analyse and evaluate their performance in this chosen activity.

Exam Board:

OCR (H555)


There are four main elements to the course, each assessed separately as part of the A Level qualification, at the end of the two year course:
(1) Physiological factors affecting performance – 2 hour written paper (30% of total A level)
(2) Psychological factors affecting performance – 1 hour written paper (20% of total A level)
(3) Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport – 1 hour written paper (20% of total A level)
(4) Performance in Physical Education – Non-exam assessment (30% of total A level)

Course Details:

(01) Physiological factors affecting performance
1.1 Applied anatomy and physiology
1.2 Exercise physiology
1.3 Biomechanics

(02) Psychological factors affecting performance
2.1 Skill acquisition
2.2 Sports psychology

(03) Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport
3.1 Sport & society
3.2 Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport

(04) Performance in Physical Education – Non-exam assessment
4.1 Performance or coaching of an activity taken from the approved list
4.2 The evaluation and analysis of performance for improvement

Other Learning Opportunities:

  • Supporting Key Stage 3 and 4 students in PE lessons and extra-curricular clubs
  • Workshops at leading sports universities, such as Loughborough University

Where next with this course?

A Level Physical Education provides a foundation to learning for further study in many degree subjects and career areas, including Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Science, Physiotherapy, Sport and Leisure Management, Sports Technology and Sports Teaching and Coaching, as well as other related subject areas such as Psychology,
Sociology and Biology. A Level Physical Education will also enable students to develop transferable skills that are in demand by further education, higher education and employers in all sectors of industry.


Click on the link below for a copy of the course details.