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Physical Education OCR A Level at St Bernard's High School

Course description

This course will suit students that have an interest in sport, both as a performer or as an observer.

The subject-content for Physical Education is wide and ranging and includes: applied anatomy and exercise physiology; biomechanical movement; skill acquisition; sport psychology; sport and society; and the role of technology in physical activity and sport.

Course content

Year 12

The content is divided into three components; each component is further sub-divided into topic areas:

Component 1: Physiological factors affecting performance:

  • 1.1 Applied anatomy and physiology
  • 1.2 Exercise physiology
  • 1.3 Biomechanics, including technology in sport

Component 2: Psychological and sociocultural themes in physical education:

  • 2.1 Skill acquisition
  • 2.2 Sports psychology
  • 2.3 Sport and society

Component 3: Performance in physical education:

  • 3.1 Performance or coaching of an activity taken from the approved lists
  • 3.2 Evaluation of Performance for improvement (EPI)

Year 13

The content is divided into four components; each component is further sub-divided into topic areas:

Component 1: Physiological factors affecting performance:

  • 1.1 Applied anatomy and physiology
  • 1.2 Exercise physiology
  • 1.3 Biomechanics

Component 2: Psychological factors affecting performance:

  • 2.1 Skill acquisition
  • 2.2 Sports psychology

Component 3: Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport:

  • 3.1 Sport and society
  • 3.2 Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport

Component 4: Performance in physical education:

  • 4.1 Performance or coaching of an activity taken from the approved lists
  • 4.2 Evaluation and analysis of Performance for improvement (EAPI)

 

Entry requirements

  • Grade B or above in GCSE PE, Merit or above in Edexcel BTEC Sport (Physical Education).
  • However, this is not essential and students would be considered on an individual basis.
  • All candidates should be a member or be willing to become a member of a sports club.

Assessment

Component 1:

  • 2 hour written paper
  • worth 30% of total qualification

Component 2:

  • 1 hour written paper
  • worth 20% of total qualification

Component 3:

  • 1 hour written paper
  • worth 20% of total qualification

Component 4:

  • practical assessment
  • worth 30% of total qualification

Future opportunities

These include: Teaching, Sport Science, Sport and Physical Education, Physiotherapy, Sports Coaching and Development, Sports Studies, Leisure and Recreation Management, Sports Equipment Product Design, Biomedical Sciences, Primary Teaching with QTS, and Sports Psychology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Bernard's High School directly.

Last updated date: 04 January 2017

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