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PE A Level

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The content of this course has been designed to allow learners to study Physical Education in an academic setting, enabling them to critically analyse and evaluate their physical performance and apply their experience of practical activity in developing their knowledge and understanding of the subject.

This course prepares learners for further study of PE or sports science courses as well as other related subject areas such as psychology, sociology and biology.  Learners will also develop the transferable skills that are in demand by further education, Higher Education and employers in all sectors of industry.

Component 1:

Physiological factors affecting performance

Component 2:

Psychological factors affecting performance

Component 3:

Socio – Cultural issues in physical activity and sport

Component 4:

Performance in physical education (NEA)

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Skill acquisition
  • Sports psychology
  • Sport and Society
  • Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport
  • Performance or coaching of an activity taken from the approved lists




We recommend students purchase the exam board endorsed textbook to support their learning:

  • Title & Author: OCR A Level PE (Year 1 and Year 2) by Sarah Powell and John Honeybourne 
  • Published: 27 Sep 2019
  • ISBN-13: 978-1510473317

You can also purchase the year 1 and 2 books separately but this one covers both years.

Second hand books are often available on Amazon at cheaper prices


The recommended exam board endorsed revision guide is:

  • Title & Author: My Revision Notes: OCR A Level PE by Keri Moorhouse
  • Published: 27 Oct 2017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1510405219


Sample papers

PE A level Paper 1

PE A level Paper 2

PE A level Paper 3