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Physical Education A-Level at The West Bridgford School

Course description

Studying PE at GCSE is an advantage, however, not essential. Any information that you need will be taught to you and so long as you have the motivation you will achieve well. In order to achieve at a high grade you will need to be proficient in at least one sporting activity.

The West Bridgford School now has some of the best PE facilities of any school. As well as our Gym, Sports Hall, Swimming Pool, Netball/Tennis Courts and Grass Pitches we now have a purpose-built Dance Studio, Fitness Suite and Classroom. This enables us to offer a wider range of practical activities and in so doing allow students to achieve higher grades.


With regards to the assessed practical activities, at least one should be a practical performance, whereas the other could be assessed in terms of coaching, leadership or officiating.

The list that has been endorsed by OCR is quite comprehensive There are limits in that the activities are grouped into ‘Activity Areas’. You can only be assessed in one activity from each area. If you only play one sport it is usual for a second sport to be one in which a student is not so experienced. For example, with our new fitness facilities it is possible to be assessed in Safe and Effective Exercise.

If you participate regularly in an activity that cannot be assessed within school, for example Golf, you must provide us with video/DVD evidence and be able to have access to a coach who can help with the assessment. The video/DVD needs to be submitted to us before 1st March in the examination year.


YEAR 12:

Unit G451 An Introduction to Physical Education introduces students to the core theoretical concepts:

  •  Anatomy and Physiology
  •  Acquiring Movement Skills
  •  Socio-Cultural Studies

Unit G452 Acquiring, Developing and Evaluating Practical Skills in Physical Education focuses on:

  •  Performance
  •  Evaluating and planning for the improvement of performance

Unit G451 2 hour written exam (60% of AS)

Unit G452 2 practical activities (40% of AS)

YEAR 13:

Unit G453 Principles and Concepts Across the Different Areas of Physical Education involves the study of three areas:

  •  History of Sport
  •  Sports Psychology
  •  Exercise Physiology

Unit G454 The Improvement of Effective Performance and the Critical Evaluation of Practical Activities in Physical Education focuses on:

  •  Performance
  •  Evaluation, appreciation and improvement of performance

Unit G453 2.5 hour written exam (70% of A2)

Unit G454 2 practical activities (30% of A2)


Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE PE or a D in BTEC Sports, within one of the below:

3 A Level subjects + General Studies: 3 Grade B in chosen subjects + 2 Grade C, including Grade B in Maths & English Language

4 A Level subjects + General Studies: 2 Grade A/A* + 2 Grade B in chosen subjects + 1 Grade C, including Grade B in Maths & English Language

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The West Bridgford School directly.

Last updated date: 12 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years