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Physical Education (OCR) at Stanford & Corringham Sixth Form Centre

Course description

The GCE Physical Education specification is designed to attract students with a passion for sport. It will improve and develop their practical skills in the roles of performer or leader and provide them with the theoretical understanding to support continued involvement within sport.

Course content

Component 1: Physiological Factors Affecting Performance 30%

This group of topics focuses on key systems of the human body involved in movement and physical activity. Candidates will develop their knowledge and understanding of the changes within these body systems prior to exercise, during exercise of differing intensities, and during recovery. Application of this theoretical knowledge will enable candidates to understand how changes in physiological states can influence performance in physical activities and sport.

Candidates will be expected to be able to interpret data and graphs relating to changes in these body systems during exercise of differing intensities and during recovery.

Component 2: Psychological Factors Affecting Performance 20%

This component focuses on the psychological factors affecting physical activities and sports, including: models and theories that affect learning and performance in physical activities; how different methods of training and feedback work and why their effectiveness differs from person to person; group dynamics and the effects of leadership and stress on performers.

Through the study of this component, candidates will gain a deeper understanding of the underlying psychological factors that influence our performance in physical activity and sport. They will learn how to apply the theories to practical examples, giving guidance and feedback in constructive ways that are suited to that individual’s personality; therefore assisting in developing practical performance in physical activities and sports.

Component 3: Socio-cultural and Contemporary Issues 20%

This component focuses on the sociological and contemporary factors that influence and affect physical activity and sport for both the audience and the performer and how sport affects society. It includes the emergence and evolution of modern sport and how social and cultural factors shaped the characteristics of sports and pastimes in pre-industrial and post-industrial Britain. The impact of the modern Olympic Games will be understood as well as the impact on society of hosting global sporting events. The ever-evolving modern technology and its influence on sport performers and spectators will be understood and practical examples will be used by candidates to show the effect of modern technology.

Component 4: Performance within Physical Education 30%

Learners will be required to undertake two parts within this component.

Part 1: Performance/coaching of a sport or activity from the approved list.

Part 2: The Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement (EAPI) of a sport or activity from the approved list. This does not have to be the same sport or activity that was undertaken in part 1, although it can be.

Entry requirements

Core and Additional Science GCSE grades 5 and English Language GCSE grade 5. Candidates would usually be expected to have successfully completed a GCSE in Physical Education but this is not essential. However, the specifications have been designed to provide progression by building on the knowledge, understanding and skills set out in the National Curriculum Key Stage 4.

Financial information

£30.00 deposit to cover all text books to be paid on enrolment day. This will be refunded at the end of your course once your books have been returned to the subject teacher.

£5.00 non-refundable payment for an Access Key Fob to access Gable Hall School, Sixth Form and St Clere's School.

Future opportunities

The course is wide ranging and allows students to follow a career in a wide variety of areas from Physiotherapy and Medical Practice to Sports Psychology or Teaching/Coaching.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 18 October 2017
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