Physical Education

AS/A level Specification | OCR 

The Physical Education A level provides learners with a course which combines the theoretical knowledge of sports performance, with the requirement for practical performance. Those taking the course will be required to demonstrate, apply and analyse factors which underpin sports performance, as well as understanding the reasoning behind peoples choices in physical activity. Students will examine a broad range of topics within the course, including socio-cultural factors impacting on performance, technology in sport, anatomy and physiology, sports psychology and the biomechanics of performance. Practical ability will also be examined, through students’ ability to perform in sport. Learning will take place in a variety of settings, both practical and theoretical, with opportunities to work alongside main school students in coaching and developing the skills of others.

Content & Breakdown 

The course is designed to:

  • Provide education and training for sport, leisure and recreation employees.
  • Give sport, leisure and recreation employees. opportunities to achieve a nationally recognised level 3 vocationally specific qualification.
  • Give full-time learners the opportunity to enter employment in the sport and active leisure sector or to progress to higher education vocational qualifications such as the Edexcel BTEC Higher Nationals in Sport or related areas.
  • Give learners the opportunity to develop a range of techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.



The units of learning that will be studied are:

  • Physiological factors affecting performance.
  • Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport
  • Practical performance
  • Evaluating and analysing performance for improvement

Careers/Further Education 

Students who have studied this qualification have gone onto complete University degree courses in a range of sport related disciplines, such as coaching, fitness training, event management and sports science.

For more information contact: Mr J McGlinchey