Our Lady's Abingdon - OLA 6th Physical Education

OLA 6th Physical Education

Course aims

• Develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance

• Develop understanding of how physiological and psychological states affect performance

• Develop understanding of the key socio-cultural factors that influence people’s involvement in physical activity and sport

• Look into the role of technology in physical activity in sport

• Help us understand the contribution which physical activity makes to health and fitness

• Develop skills, techniques, tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas in selected physical activities

• Develop the ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance

Assessment at A Level looks like this:

Paper 1

Physiological factors affecting performance (1)

Written examination for 120 minutes

90 marks

30% of A Level

Paper 2

Physiological factors affecting performance (2)

Written examination for 60 minutes

60 marks

20% of A Level


Psychological and socio-cultural themes in Physical Education

Written examination for 60 minutes

60 marks

20% of A Level

Practical Work

Performance or coaching in PE in one OCR approved activity and an oral evaluation and analysis of performance.


60 marks

30% of A Level

What do I need to succeed at Physical Education?

Top grades in this subject come from hard work, determination and lots of reading around the theory topics. It is essential that PE students are participating and competing or coaching in their chosen activity regularly in and/or out of school. This is not the course to learn new sports. The specification builds on, but does not depend on, the knowledge, understanding and skills from GCSE PE.

Physical Education and the future

This qualification is suitable for students intending to pursue any career for which an understanding of the human body or human behaviour is desirable. This qualification is also suitable for any further study in social sciences, or as part of a course of general education. Other avenues of progression for students would be careers in sport, sports science and physical activity, teaching, physiotherapy.

Preparatory work for studying PE in the Sixth Form:

Watch, read and listen to sport in the news and media. Using the BBC Sport app is a great way of staying up to date with the latest sports related news and headlines.

• Read through the specification – why not highlight what you already understand from GCSE PE!

• Continue to participate in your chosen sport. Work hard at developing your skills and techniques and aim to improve your overall effectiveness.