Physical Education

A Level

Exam Board: OCR

2 years


Course Content:

  • How the body responds to sport and physical exercise with regards to the different systems of the body, such as e.g Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Musculoskeletal
  • Analysis of Movement using biomechanics theories and principles such as planes of motion, Newton’s Laws and lever systems
  • Current training techniques and learn how technology is playing its part with regards to analysing and improving performance
  • Psychology of Sport and performance and research different theories such Vealeys’ model of sports confidence and Weiner’s model of attribution
  • The emergence and evolution of modern sport and understand how sport developed from pre-industrial Britain to a multi-million pound industry


  • 70% Theory

- Physiological Factors - 2 hour paper (30%)

- Psychological Factors - 1 hour paper (20%)

- Socio-Cultural & Contemporary Issues - 1 hour paper (20%)

  • 30% 

- Evaluation of Analysis of Performance for Improvement    (EAPI) and Practical or Coaching Performance 

Studying at Alton College:

Lessons are a combination of theory and practical with the main emphasis on classroom-based learning. Students are expected to play sport competitively and be prepared to have an active role in all lessons. Suitable trips will be planned throughout the year.

Entry requirements:

Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. For GCSEs which remain with the old grading system, a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C.

In addition, you should have at least grade 5 in a science GCSE.

Course costs:

Optional trips from £20 each

Physical Education works well with: