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Physical Education


Specification OCR A Level Physical Education (H554)
Contact Miss V Wingate (Curriculum Leader: PE)
Entry Requirements

It will be expected that all students have a keen interest in sport and the issues surrounding it, as well as being accomplished sportswomen. You will be expected to be competing in regular fixtures/performances in at least one sporting activity which can be assessed at A Level, either at school or at a local club.

The minimum GCSE entry requirements are a grade B in Biology and a grade 6 in English Language. You are not required to have studied GCSE PE but it will provide you with a sound foundation if you have and you will be expected to have achieved a minimum of a grade B. Students will be expected to play a full part in extra-curricular activities organised by the School, as this will contribute to pupil’s overall understanding, performance and assessment.


Is this course for me?

This is a demanding and academic course and you must be very good at practical PE and have a strong interest in the subject if you are to do well.

Where can it take me?

This could lead to a range of career opportunities such as PE Teacher, sports psychologist, sports scientist, leisure and recreation manager, sports administrator, physiotherapist, conditioning coach, performance analyst, sports development manager and fitness professional.

What do current students think?

  • “PE is my favourite subject, not only is the theory interesting but the practical side is always fun and a great chance to mix with a new group of friends”


A Level Qualification Structure:

Anatomy & Physiology

The application of the following knowledge to analyse the response of the body to physical activity.

A general overview of the skeletal system. Types of joints, movements and muscle structure linked to function. Structure, function and control of the cardiac, vascular and respiratory systems. Basic biomechanical principles.

Skill Acquisition

With continual links to practical examples, students will develop a fundamental psychological knowledge of the characteristics of skilful performance, classification of movement skills/abilities and knowledge of the development of skilful performance. From this position, students will increasingly link psychological knowledge to performance and learn how individuals and teams develop.

Contemporary Studies in PE

Understanding and application of the concepts of play, leisure, recreation, sport and physical education. Sport and Culture. Issues surrounding the pursuit of excellence & mass participation including: the role of the media, drugs in sport, the role of sporting agencies, ethical issues, violence and corruption.

Examination – One 2 hour exam


  • Evaluating and planning for improvement in performance – a ‘viva voce’ examination to camera. Candidates will have the opportunity to prepare this piece of work - 10%
  • Demonstrations of technique and understanding in two different activity areas - 20%

Practical Activity Groups

Candidates follow two activities from two of ten different activity categories in Year 12 and must continue one of those activities into Year 13.

Exercise and Sports Physiology

The application of the following knowledge to improve physical performance:

Concepts of energy, energy production in the body, effects of exercise upon the body and the recovery process. Components of fitness and methods of fitness testing. Principles of training and methods and ethics of performance enhancement.

Historical Studies

How did sports begin? Popular recreative activities pre 1800, 19th century public school influences on sporting activities, rational recreative developments in competitive sport, 1870 onward. Developments in 20th century physical education.

Sports Psychology

Moving on from AS studies students will progress further into the realms of Sports Psychology and its links to performance. You will investigate areas such as personality, attitude, motivation, group/team dynamics, leadership aggression and audience effects on performance.

Examination – One 2 ½ hour exam


  • Observation and Analysis in the candidates chosen activity area - 10%
  • Effective Performance in a competitive situation in one activity - 20%


Please note: Physcial Education will be taught in mixed classes at Ermysted's Grammar School. Further details can be found at www.ermysteds.n-yorks.sch.uk