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Physical Education

Exam Board - OCR

Course Content- AS Physical Education

Unit H551: AS Level in Physical Education
Physiological factors affecting performance (01)
This section considers applied anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology and biomechanics, including technology in sport. It contributes to 35% of the overall AS level.
Psychological and socio-cultural themes in Physical Education (02)
The second section explores skill acquisition, sports psychology and sport and society. It contributes to 35% of the overall AS level.
Performance in Physical Education (03)
Candidates will be assessed in their performance or coaching in one activity. This unit will also include an Evaluation of Performance for Improvement (EPI) where candidates are required to complete an oral analysis of one activity by evaluating the performance and advising on how to improve. This practical unit will contribute to 30% of the overall AS level.

Methods of Assessment for AS

  • Physiological factors affecting performance (01): 1 hour 15 minute written paper, 70 marks, 35% of AS.
  • Psychological and socio-cultural themes in Physical Education (02): 1 hour 15 minute written paper, 70 marks, 35% of AS.
  • Performance in Physical Education (03): 1 activity, internal practical assessment and external practical moderation, Evaluation of Performance for Improvement (EPI), 60 marks, 30% of AS.

Course Content - A-level Physical Education

Unit: H555: A-level in Physical Education
Physiological factors affecting performance (01)
This section explores applied anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology and biomechanics. It contributes to 30% of the overall A-level.
Psychological factors affecting performance (02)
This section considers skill acquisition and sports psychology. It contributes to 20% of the overall A-level.
Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport (03)
The third section explores sport and society, contemporary issues in physical activity and sport. It contributes to 20% of the overall A-level.
Performance in physical education (04)
Candidates will be assessed in their performance or coaching in one activity. This unit will also include an Evaluation of Performance for Improvement (EPI) where candidates are required to complete an oral analysis of one activity by evaluating the performance and advising on how to improve. This practical unit will contribute to 30% of the overall A-level.

Methods of Assessment for A-level

  • Physiological factors affecting performance (01): 2 hour written paper, 90 marks, 30% of A-level.
  • Psychological factors affecting performance (02): 1 hour written paper, 60 marks, 20% of A-level.
  • Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport (03): 1 hour written paper, 60 marks, 20% of A-level.
  • Performance in Physical Education (03): 1 activity, Internal practical assessment and external practical moderation, Evaluation of Performance for Improvement (EPI), 60 marks, 30% of A-level.

Other Information

Students are expected to participate regularly in their chosen practical activities at school and/or club. They will be expected to involve themselves in extra-curricular coaching of Year 7, 8 and 9 teams in school. Students must provide video evidence of their performance, ideally at their highest performing level.

Entry Requirements

GCSE B in Physical Education or BTEC Merit in Sport.