Physical Education

Subject Intent: Why Physical Education?

In this modern era it is important that students understand the importance of exercise and our Physical Education curriculum is designed to enable learners to become confident, resilient and healthy learners. We do this through both theory and practical lessons, encouraging a lasting interest in sport and physical recreation. Applied General and A-Level routes require students to be meta-cognitive and self-regulating in their grasp of exercise physiology and each route demands a confidence in applying this knowledge into different roles within challenging environments, for instance, with community centres or competitive sport.

What will I study?

We study the OCR A Level Physical Education specification. There are three sports science topics that are assessed in Paper 1:
  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics
Paper 2 contains questions on:
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Sports Psychology
Paper 3:
  • Social and cultural factors influencing sport
  • Contemporary influences in modern day sport

Physical Education

Please note: Subject videos have been filmed from colleges across our Trust.

What are lessons like in this subject?

The practical part of the course is equivalent to 15% of the final grade. This includes video footage and a competitive sport log. There are two trust moderation days at Hull University and regular Wednesday fixtures to help you evidence this part of your grade. The lessons are typically classroom based, but you will have applied practical sessions within training methods and fitness testing lessons. The sports leaders qualification alongside this course helps to apply the practical content of learning skills in sporting environments.

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Physical education as a course is great for gaining a greater knowledge as to how the body works and adapts when performing this high level sporting competition which we all love watching. Amongst this wide course my favourite topic area was anatomy and physiology as it was really intriguing to me as to why our body did such things. Another great aspect to PE is the practical side as it lets you play the sports you enjoy but then also helps develop knowledge as to how this can be applied in your exam questions. Overall Physical education is a great option if you’re thinking of going into any routes of sport or if you simply enjoy sport, this is extremely enjoyable course to chose.

Ewan Cameron, Queensbury Academy

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