Physical Education

The PE department was formed in 2007 and was admitted into the curriculum as an A/S subject. In 2010, it was decided that PE GCSE should be introduced.

The department development plan included reinstating the A/S and A2 from 2013 for the natural progression of the GCSE students.  At the moment the OCR Exam Board has been our choice and their new specification and course details can be found at

GCSE Physical Education

Our GCSE in Physical Education equips students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to develop their own performance in sport. They develop their understanding of socio-cultural influences on participation in sport, and the benefits of physical activity to health, fitness and well-being.

The content of OCR’s GCSE (9–1) in Physical Education is divided into three components. Each component is further sub divided into topic areas and the detailed content associated with those topics.

Component 01: Physical factors affecting performance
1.1 Applied anatomy and physiology
1.2 Physical training.

Component 02: Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology
2.1 Socio-cultural influences
2.2 Sports psychology
2.3 Health, fitness and well-being.

Component 03: Performance in physical education (NEA)
3.1 Performance of three activities taken from the two approved lists*.
• one from the ‘individual’ list
• one from the ‘team’ list
• one other from either list.
* The approved lists can be found in section 2d and Section 2e of the ‘OCR GCSE (9–1) guide to NEA in PE

A-Level Physical Education
Our A Level in Physical Education develops knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to physical education. Students gain understanding of the scientific and socio-cultural factors that underpin physical activity, and demonstrate their ability as either performer or coach.

Component 01: Physiological factors affecting performance
1.1 Applied anatomy and physiology
1.2 Exercise physiology
1.3 Biomechanics.

Component 02: Psychological factors affecting performance
2.1 Skill acquisition
2.2 Sports psychology.

Component 03: Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport
3.1 Sport and Society
3.2 Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport.

Component 04: Performance in physical education (NEA)
4.1 Performance or coaching of an activity taken from the approved lists*.