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This course will give you a fantastic insight into the world of sports performance. You will learn why some people outperform others, mentally and physically, and delve into the ethical considerations behind the use of drugs and the influence that modern technology is having on sport and sport performance.

Through Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics and practical coursework, you will gain the knowledge to understand and improve both your own and others’ performance.

The combination of personal physical performance and academic challenge gives you a complete grounding in the subject and allows you to acquire a diverse range of skills in the humanities and science areas.

You will develop a set of transferable skills including communication, decision making, psychological understanding of people, independent thinking, coping with pressure, problem solving and analytical skills.





You will study the following topics:

  • Psychology – personality, aggression, attitude, confidence, stress, leadership, groups and teams
  • Skill Acquisition – classification of skill, practice methods, memory, guidance, transfer
  • Exercise Physiology – training programmes, nutrition, ergogenic aids, sports injury
  • Biomechanics – force, projectiles, angular motion, linear motion
  • Anatomy and Physiology – heart, respiration, energy systems, muscles
  • Socio-Cultural Issues – drugs, cheating, violence, commercialisation, Olympics
  • Practical Sport – performance and oral in one sport of your choice from OCR list of Sports.


You will need (or equivalent to):

  • GCSE Mathematics grade 4/C or above
  • GCSE English Language or Literature grade 4/C or above
  • plus three more GCSEs grade 4/C or above
  • to play a sport on a regular basis.

There are three written exams and a non exam assessment.

  • Paper 1 Physiological factors affecting performance – 2 hour paper worth 30%
  • Paper 2 Psychological factors affecting performance – 1 hour paper worth 20%
  • Paper 3 Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport – 1 hour paper worth 20%
  • Coursework Performance in Physical Education – worth 30%.

Past students have gone onto study a wide range of careers, both sport and non-sport related. These range from Sports Scientists to Naval Engineering, from Golf Professional to member of the Public Services, from Business Entrepreneurs to Physiotherapists.

This subject when combined with other subjects allows unlimited possibilities as it has both Science and the Humanities covered.

Can I coach or officiate?

Yes you can, if you are a skilled coach or official you can be assessed on that rather than performance.


“I have particularly enjoyed learning about Anatomy and Physiology and how to train smarter in my sport”. 

“Topics such as ‘political exploitation of the Olympic games’ felt very modern and relevant to today’s society’”.

“The Psychology helped me understand my performances better’”.

“It is a really broad-based course and so is preparing me really well for my future career’’.