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Physical education

A level PE has been designed to allow students to study physical education 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. Throughout both years students will learn about physiological, psychological and sociocultural factors that influence performance in sport and physical activity.

PE has opened my eyes to the amount of sport that is involved in everyday life. It links with many other subjects in school, supporting and boosting knowledge. We explore many interesting topics like biomechanics, joints and muscles of the body and even the history of sport in Britain.
Year 13 student

Students are also assessed practically and are expected to refine their ability to perform effectively in a physical activity from the specification and should independently develop relevant skills, techniques and tactics.

If GCSE PE sparked your interest in the anatomy and physiology and the impact psychology has on sports performers then A Level PE is the course for you. A Level PE takes the learning experience to the next level providing opportunity to deepen understanding.

                  YEAR 12

 

Learning outcomes

  • A Level in Physical Education will equip learners with both a depth and breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills relating to scientific, socio-cultural and practical aspects of physical education.
  • In their first year of study students will develop theoretical knowledge of physiological factors and psychological factors which affect sports performance.
  • Throughout year 12, students are expected to refine their ability to perform effectively in a chosen physical activity by independently developing skills, techniques and tactics within their selected sport. They will be assessed observing and analysing a performer in their chosen sport. Students will complete a weekly performance log to evidence their commitment to performance development.

Topics taught

Physiological Factors:

  • Skeletal and muscular systems
  • Cardiovascular and respiratory systems
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Preparation and training methods
  • Biomechanical principles: Newton’s laws of motion, force and use of technology
  • Biomechanical principles: Stability and lever systems

Psychological Factors:

  • Classification of skills
  • Types and methods of practice
  • Transfer of skill
  • Learning theories
  • Stage of learning, guidance and feedback
  • Individual differences
  • Group and team dynamics and goal setting in sport

Socio-cultural Factors:

  • Emergence and evolution of modern sport
  • Sport in the twenty-first century
  • Global sporting events

 

YEAR 13

 

Learning outcomes

  • In their second year of students, in addition to physiological and psychological factors, students will also study key socio-cultural factors that influence people's involvement in physical activity and sport.
  • Throughout year 13, students are expected to continue to refine their ability to perform effectively in a chosen physical activity by independently developing skills, techniques and tactics within their selected sport. Students will complete a weekly performance log to evidence their commitment to performance development.
  • Students will also develop their ability to analyse and evaluate sports performance in order to make necessary improvements.

Topics taught

Physiological Factors:

  • Energy for exercise
  • Recovery, altitude and heat
  • Injury prevention and rehabilitation
  • Linear motion
  • Angular motion
  • Fluid mechanics and projectile motion

Psychological Factors:

  • Memory models
  • Attribution in sport
  • Confidence and self-efficacy in sports performance
  • Leadership in sport
  • Stress management to optimise performance

Socio-cultural Factors:

  • Ethics and deviance in sport
  • Commercialisation and media
  • Routes to sporting excellence in the UK
  • Modern technology in sport

Evaluation and analysis of performance for improvement (EAPI):

  • Observe a live or recorded performance by a peer in either their own assessed performance activity or another activity from the approved list.
  • Provide an oral response analysing and critically evaluating their peers’ performance.

 

Link to exam specification

 

 

https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-and-a-level/physical-education-h155-h555-from-2016/