Physical Education

Examination Board: OCR


AS                Candidates take Units 1 and 2

A-Level      Candidates take Units 3 and 4


Specification of Units:


Units Level Name and Specification Content Duration Weighting

    AS      A-level

G451 AS Applied Anatomy and Physiology (Section A)

Acquiring, Movement Skills (Section B)

Socio-Cultural Studies relating to participation in physical activity (Section C)

2 hours 60% 30%
G452 AS Acquiring , Developing and evaluating practical skills in Physical Education Practical 40% 20%
G453 A2 Candidates must cover three topic areas.  At least one topic area must be from Section A.

Section A – Historical Studies (Option A1)

Comparative Studies (Option A2)

Section B – Sports Psychology (Option B1)

Biomechanics (Option B2)

Exercise and Sport Physiology (B3)

The final question within Option B3 is synoptic

2 hour 30 mins 15% 35%
G454 A2 This unit is synoptic.

Candidates are assessed in one chosen activity and in a response give a live performance.

Practical 15% 15%

Question Paper Requirements:


AS Unit G451: An Introduction to Physical Education (2 hours)


Anatomy and Physiology (Section A)

The Skeletal and muscular systems

Motion and Movement

The cardiovascular and respiratory systems in relation to the performance of physical activity


Acquiring Movement Skills (Section B)

Classification of motor skills and abilities

The development of motor skills

Information processing

Motor control of skills in physical activity

Learning skills in physical activity


Socio-Cultural Studies relating to participation in physical activity (Section C)

Physical Activity

Sport and Culture

Contemporary Sporting issues


AS Unit G452: Acquiring, developing and evaluating practical skills in Physical Education (Practical)



Evaluating and planning for the improvement of performance


A2 Unit G453: Principles and concepts across different areas of Physical Education (2 hours 30 mins)


Section A: Socio-Cultural Options


Historical Studies (Option A1)

Popular recreation in pre-industrial Britain

Rational Recreation in post-industrial Britain

19th Century public schools and their impact on the development of physical activities and young people

The development stages of athleticism in 19th Century public schools

Case studies

Drill, physical training and Physical Education in state schools


Comparative Studies (Option A2)

The United Kingdom

The United States of America



Section B: Scientific Options


Sports Psychology (Option B1)

Individual aspects f performance

Group dynamics of performance and audience effects

Mental preparation for physical activity


Biomechanics (Option B2)

Linear motion in physical activity

Force physical activity

Fluid mechanics physical activity

Stability and angular motion physical activity

A critical evaluation of performance in selected physical activities


Exercise and Sport Physiology (Option B3)


Health components of physical fitness

Application of the principles of training

Performance enhancement


A2 Unit G454: The Improvement of effective performance and the critical evaluation of practical activities in Physical Education


Practical Skills


Evaluation, appreciation and the improvement of performance


Entry Requirements:

A minimum of a Grade C at GCSE plus you must play regular club sport in one or more activity


Contact: Mrs C Gennery