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Physical Education, A Level at Oldham Sixth Form College (OSFC)

Course description

PE at OSFC places particular emphasis on linking the theoretical aspects of PE to practical situations; allowing for as much practical PE as possible. For example, in Physiological experiments you will measure power outputs and you can use the knowledge gained to carry-out training programmes devised in our new state of the art multi gym. During Psychological Studies students will experience and assess of the effects of playing sport in front of an audience. Historical lessons will take you back in time using role plays, including a visit to the National Football Museum.

Our PE department aims to provide an abundance of opportunities to get involved in sport, physical activity and leadership. You’ll be timetabled to allow you to compete in the NW Colleges, National Schools and the Association of British Colleges Leagues and Championships in Football, Netball, Rugby League and Basketball as part of our Centre for Excellence. We have an excellent reputation nationally for both sporting success and we celebrate your sporting successes in annual Sports Presentation Evening. Furthermore, students will be encouraged to take part in a variety of trips and events in addition to practical sessions including activities such as: camping, water sports, skiing and our annual Olympathon (a 26.22 hour sporting endurance charity event.)

You’ll be taught by enthusiastic and experienced PE specialists many of which are examiners for the OCR examination board. Our students particularly enjoy working with staff in a sporting community environment and they value the support they receive from the department’s weekly workshops offered to all of our students. The department has dedicated classrooms equipped with ICT, interactive whiteboards, and analysis software such as ‘Ubersense’ which allows students to be fully supported both inside and outside the classroom with access to quizzes, revision aids and videos via the college’s interactive virtual learning environment.


Course content

Year 1

Unit 1: Physiological factors affecting performance.

Unit 2: Psychological and socio-cultural themes in physical education.

Unit 3: Performance in physical education.

Year 2

Unit 1: A deeper investigation into physiological factors affecting performance.

Unit 2: A deeper investigation into psychological factors affecting performance.

Unit 3: A deeper investigation into socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport.

Unit 4: Coursework: Performance in physical education.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 passes (above C or 4) at GCSE, including at least a 4 in Maths and English.

Certain courses also have their own individual requirements and these can be checked on our website at


70% exam and 30% coursework

Financial information

While you’re at OSFC you’ll need to spend money on items such as books, stationery, travel and lunches.  To help with these expenses, OSFC students from low income families can receive financial support.  More information please

Future opportunities

Studying at OSFC will provide you with a wealth of opportunities. Popular options from students who progressed from this course in the past were:

University Destinations

Edge Hill University - Primary English Education with QTS
The University of Bolton - Sport Rehabilitation
MMU - Coaching and Sport Development
Leeds Beckett Univeristy - Physical Education

Careers Destinations

  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Coach/Teacher
  • Sports Therapist
  • Sports Development Officer
  • Sport and Exercise
  • Psychologist

Further information

At OSFC you can pick subjects from a wide range of courses with combinations across multiple curriculum areas. Choosing the right subjects is important. You should consider subjects you enjoy doing and options that will support your future career plans.

Popular combinations that will work well with this subject are:

  • Biology
  • History
  • Psychology
  • Physics
  • Health & Social Care

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: 03 October 2017
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