Physical Education – A Level


Exam Board: OCR


Structure of Course:

The content has been designed to allow learners to study Physical Education (PE) in an academic setting, enabling them to critically analyse and evaluate their physical performance and apply their experience of practical activity in developing their knowledge and understanding of the subject.

The examined components will provide the knowledge and understanding which underpin the non-exam assessment (NEA). The NEA within this specification allows learners to explore an activity in detail as a performer or coach, chosen from a wide variety of sporting activities. Learners will also analyse and evaluate performance in a chosen activity as part of their NEA.

This course will prepare learners for the further study of PE or sports science courses as well as other related subject areas such as psychology, sociology and biology.

A Level Physical Education Aims and Learning Outcomes

  • Develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance.
  • Understand how physiological and psychological states affect performance.
  • Understand the key socio-cultural factors that influence people’s involvement in physical activity and sport.
  • Understand the role of technology in physical activity and sport.
  • Refine their ability to perform effectively in physical activity and sport by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics strategies and/or compositional ideas.
  • Develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance.
  • Understand the contribution which physical activity makes to health and fitness.


Learners take all components (01, 02, 03 and 04) to be awarded the OCR A Level in Physical Education.

Content Overview Assessment Overview
• Applied anatomy and physiology

• Exercise physiology

• Biomechanics

Physiological factors affecting

Performance (01) – 90 marks

2 hour written paper

30% of total A level
• Skill acquisition

• Sports psychology

Psychological factors affecting

Performance (02) – 60 marks

1 hour written paper

20% Of total A level
• Sport and society

• Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport

Socio-cultural issues in

physical activity and sport (03) – 60 marks

1 hour written paper

20% of total A level
• Performance or Coaching

• Evaluation and Analysis of

Performance for Improvement (EAPI)

Performance in physical education (04) – 60 marks

Non-exam assessment (NEA)

30% of total A level


The Academy has a long history with sport related examined courses and as such, some of our most recent students have progressed on to a wide range of universities to further their expertise within the area. These include:

  • PE Teaching Apprenticeship at a Primary School
  • Sports Coaching Science at the University of Worcester.
  • Sport, Exercise and Health Science at the University of Birmingham.
  • Sports Management at Coventry University.
  • Sport Psychology at St. Mary’s University.
  • Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation at the University of Derby