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Physical Education - AS/A2 Level at Thornleigh Salesian College

Course description

A Level PE is a multi-disciplinary subject that involves the theoretical study of PE and Sport, assessment of practical competence and an ability to analyse and comment on performance whilst drawing on information learned in theory units. At Thornleigh we study the OCR specification (H554).

Course content

AS (G451) – Anatomy & Physiology, Skill Acquisition and Contemporary Sporting Issues

AS (G453) – Exercise Physiology, Sport Psychology and Historical Studies

Entry requirements

You will require 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English and Maths as well as C grades in the subjects that you want to study. Many courses do accept students who have not previously studied the subject. To study AS Level Science subjects you will require a minimum combination of GCSE B/B in Core and Additional Science. To study AS Level Maths you will require a minimum of a B grade in Maths GCSE


AS (G451) – 2 hour written exam, 3 questions, 90 mark paper  - worth 60% of AS and 30% of full A Level

AS (G452) – practical assessment in 2 practical activity areas and Evaluation and Planning for Improvement of Performance (oral analysis of performance) – worth 40% of AS and 20% of full A Level

A2 (G453) – 2 hour 30 minutes written exam, 3 questions, 105 mark paper – worth 70% of A2 and 35% of full A Level

A2 (G454) - practical assessment in 1 practical activity areas and Evaluation and Appreciation of Performance (oral analysis of performance) – worth 30% of A2 and 15% of full A Level

Future opportunities

Studying PE at A Level can be a useful 'stepping stone' towards a career in the leisure industry, teaching, physiotherapy, coaching, sports psychology and sports medicine, to name but a few. However, due to its diversity and well respected theoretical foundations, there are many different career paths that the course can lead on to - not just sport related!

Further information

To find out more about this qualification please attend our Open Evening or contact the college directly via email at or by telephone 01204 305172.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 30 September 2015
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