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Physical Education

Physical Education is one of the most relevant subjects you can study, where what you learn and do, directly influences your health and lifestyle. Students will develop their knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, physiology and the psychological factors affecting body and mind-readiness. They will learn about the relationships between skill, ability and strategy in order to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of performance. The course also focuses on historical factors that have had an impact on sport and the intrinsic value it continues to play in contemporary society.
COURSE STRUCTURE

Students take all components to be awarded the OCR A Level in Physical Education. The content of this specification allows for practical examples from physical activities and sports to show how theory can be applied and to reinforce understanding. This specification contains a 5% quantitative skills requirement. The use of quantitative skills is spread across all the components. There is a synoptic element to the assessment of A level Physical Education and this will be assessed in each component.

A level
COMPONENT 1
Physiological factors affecting performance

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Biomechanics

COMPONENT 2
Psychological factors affecting performance

  • Skill acquisition
  • Sports psychology.

COMPONENT 3
Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport

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

COMPONENT 4
Performance in physical education (NEA)

  • Performance or coaching of an activity taken from the approved lists*.
  • The Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement (EAPI).
ASSESSMENT COMPOSITION

COMPONENT 1
Physiological factors affecting performance
90 marks
2 hour written paper
30% of total A level

COMPONENT 2
Psychological factors affecting performance
60 marks
1 hour written paper
20% of total A level

COMPONENT 3
Socio-cultural issues in physical
activity and sport
60 marks
1 hour written paper
20% of total A level

COMPONENT 4
Performance in physical education (NEA)
60 marks
Non-exam assessment (NEA)
30% of total A level

WHY STUDY PHYSICAL EDUCATION?

Studying Physical Education and Sports science theory will enable you to fully understand the physical and psychological benefits of exercise. It will also allow opportunities for you to reflect on the spiritual, moral, social and cultural aspects of human nature that are magnified in sport. You will learn to be the best one can be in the sports and health arena, fully reflecting the school’s values epitomised by The Grange Way. There are many universities, including those within the Russell Group, that recognise the
value of academic Physical Education and offer a wide range of Sports Science degrees. Sports Sciences are hugely topical and relevant in the modern world. They provide a methodological and systematic approach for coaches, athletes and teams seeking to improve performance at all levels of participation. Knowledge of sports science and the ability to use this knowledge played an important part in achieving success at the London Olympics in 2012. Physical activity is extremely important to the health of the nation; knowing what activity to promote and how to encourage safe participation requires an understanding of the scientific basis for these activities. Scientific literacy is becoming increasingly essential for an understanding of the many technological and ethical questions posed by contemporary society. The sport and exercise sciences not only address some of these directly but are an ideal vehicle to develop and exercise a broad range of scientific and critical thinking skills.

PROGRESSION OPPORTUNITIES

Studying sport and exercise is an exciting way to develop an understanding of biological sciences and the interaction of the individual with the environment. A good scientific education acts as a springboard to future career options, whether within sport
and exercise or other graduate professions. Many students continue on to study Sports Science at university, continue onto
postgraduate study, or gain employed in a wide range of careers, including sports marketing and development, sports
management, media and sports journalism, education, coaching, research and policy, health promotion and allied health
professions such as occupational therapy or physiotherapy and professional sports performance. In addition to sport-related career routes, many students successfully enter careers in all aspects of general management in the wider workplace.