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Physical Education OCR AS Level (Linear) at Poynton High School

Course description

Are you interested in sport and recreation? Do you like to know what happens to your body when you exercise and how to develop your fitness? Are you interested in how we make decisions when playing sport and why some performers have high levels of skill? Would you like to know how sport has evolved to its present state? Are you a good performer in one sport? If so this could be the course for you.
AS Level
  • Applied anatomy and exercise physiology – how the body works, how it moves and how the cardiovascular and respiratory systems affect performance. How diet and nutrition effect performance and how to develop training methods
  • Biomechanical movement - study how Newton’s Laws, force and centre of mass effect performance in a practical way. How levers can be used to improve performance.
  • Skill acquisition – classifying skills, developing skills, learning skills and processing information.
  • Sport psychology – how factors such as personality, arousal levels, motivation, group dynamics and goal setting can affect performance.
  • Sport and society – factors leading to the emergence of modern sport and the impact of sport on society.
  • The role of technology in physical activity and sport – the use of technology to analyse physical activity

Course content

Learning methods:
A wide variety of teaching and learning techniques are used to ensure students develop the skills and competence needed to meet the course requirements. The syllabus takes a multi-disciplinary approach, encouraging the development of different methods of study, with the focal point being the performer and performance.

Entry requirements

  • 5 grade Cs at GCSE level including a grade B in this subject if studied. It is advisable to have gained a grade B in a science subject and to be able to demonstrate a history of ongoing sporting aptitude.


Examination on theoretical areas to include applied anatomy and exercise physiology, biomechanical movement, skill acquisition, sport psychology, sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport. Assessed in one practical activity as either performer, official or coach

Future opportunities

Physical Education students have gone to University and studied subjects including Physiotherapy, Teaching, Sports Medicine, Business Management, Journalism, Sorts Coaching and Sports Science.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Poynton High School directly.

Last updated date: 20 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year