Physical Education
Year 12 and 13
Course GCE A Level Physical Education
Exam Board/Syllabus OCR H554
Grade Equivalences A*-E

Course Entry Requirements

In Addition To The School Sixth Form Entry Requirements

GCSE Grade 4 in Science and a grade 4 English and a GCSE Grade 5 (or equivalent) in a PE related course.
Assessment Route

Component 1 (2hrs written exam 30%)

Component 2 (1hr written exam 15%)

Component 3 (1hr written exam 15%)

Practical assessment (15%)

Coursework assessment – students will produce an Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement (15%)


The A Level PE course is aimed at those students who have a strong interest in the theoretical study and practice of sport. Key areas related to sport performance are explored such as applied anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, skill acquisition, sport psychology, sport and society and contemporary issues in sport.

A proven record of achievement in practical sport and current club, district, county and above representation is a correlative factor of success in this qualification.

Component 1: Physiological factors affecting performance

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Biomechanics

Component 2: Psychological factors affecting performance

  • Skill acquisition
  • Sport psychology

Component 3: Social-cultural issues in physical activity and sport

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

Component 4: Practical performance

Skills performed in one physical activity as a player/performer (Selection of sport choice may be restricted by the exam board)

Assessment of practical skills and their application will be continuous throughout the course. Performance will also be assessed through a log book of evidence of the student’s training and competition programme in their respective sport. Video evidence of sport performance both in training and competition will be required. The student’s final assessment will be in one sport (team or individual) as a player/performer. Absence, illness and injury should be avoided as these will have a negative impact on progress and the final grade received for practical performance.

Component 5: Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement

  • Practical/Written Coursework

Learning strategies:

  • Learning experiences relate to real-life experiences in PE and Sport
  • Commitment to improving performance during private study
  • Strong link maintained between physical activities and theoretical content
  • Learning experiences reflect objectives of acquiring, applying, evaluating and appreciating physical activity as it is related to the theoretical content
  • Decision making and role plays
  • Developing awareness of current affairs in sport
  • Homework including examination questions and research
  • Self-study using school resources
  • Actively engaged in enquiry into problems, issues and questions
  • Group discussions
  • Out of School visits, lectures and revision course

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