A/AS Level Physical Education is now widely recognised as one of the
most popular subjects in Higher Education. The subject is extremely well
balanced in both the theoretical and practical aspects of sport and physical education. Our
aim in the Greenhill Physical Education department is to attract increasing numbers of
committed young adults to study, enjoy, and succeed in his most exciting and demanding of
The OCR AS/A2 Physical education syllabus takes a multi disciplinary approach, encouraging
the development of different methods of enquiry drawn from a wide range of disciplines,
with the focal point being the performer and the performance. The specifications are based
on the interaction between the theory and practice of Physical Education and Sport.
The syllabus does link well with the current GCSE course, however, it is not necessary to
have followed the GCSE course to opt for AS Physical Education.
AS Physical Education Year One
An Introduction to Physical Education
Candidates will acquire an appreciation of topic areas including Anatomy & Physiology,
Acquiring Movement Skills and Socio-Cultural Studies all relating to participation in
These components contribute to 60% of the final mark.
Acquiring, developing and evaluating practical skills in Physical Education
Candidates will experience activities across a variety of areas and work towards responding
to a live performance in one of their own assessed activities.
This component contributes to 40% of the final mark.
A2 Physical Education Year 2
Principles and concepts across different areas of Physical Education
Socio-Cultural Option – Comparative Studies
Candidates will acquire an appreciation of the factors that impact upon participation and
competence in physical activity in each of the United Kingdom (UK), the United States of
America (USA) and Australia.
Scientific Option – Sports Psychology
Candidates will acquire an appreciation of the sports psychology factors that impact upon
participation and competence in physical activity.
Scientific Option – Exercise and Sport Physiology
Candidates will acquire an appreciation of how the body changes as a result of physical
These components contribute to 70% of the final mark.
The Improvement of effective performance and the critical evaluation of practical activities
in Physical Education
Candidates will build upon the skills acquired and developed in Unit 2 in one of their chosen
activities and work towards responding to a live performance in their own assessed activity.
This component contributes to 30% of the final mark.