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Physical Education A Level at Queensbury Academy

Course description

The OCR PE course is based on the interaction between the theory and practice of Physical Education. The majority of the course involves applying the varied theoretical aspects to the performer and performance.

Course content

The course is divided into four modules with two covered in year 12 and then two more completed in Year 13.
Year 12
G451: An Introduction to Physical Education. This involves learning the theory of anatomy and physiology, acquiring movement skills and sociocultural studies.
G452: Acquiring, Developing and Evaluating Practical Skills in Physical Education. Two sports will be assessed (as a performer, coach or official) and an interview on evaluating and improving a chosen sport will be completed by March.

Year 13
G453: Principles and Concepts across Different Areas of Physical Education. The theoretical aspects are the history of sport, sport psychology and exercise physiology. G454: The Improvement of Effective Performance and the Critical Evaluation of Practical Activities in Physical Education.

Entry requirements

For this course, students require a Grade 5 or better in GCSE PE. If students did not study GCSE PE, they require a Grade 5 or better in GCSE Science. It is expected that students will have an interest in the theoretical aspects of this course as well as having ability and knowledge in two different sports.


All theoretical units are externally assessed in exams at the end of year 13. Practical units are internally assessed by March and moderated externally.

Future opportunities

The specifications provide a suitable foundation for specialist study in both Physical Education and Sports Studies in Higher Education and are also suitable qualifications for other areas of study. The specifications provide an excellent foundation for candidates intending to pursue careers in teaching and coach-
ing, sports development, the leisure industry, recreational management, health, leisure and fitness and professional sport.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queensbury Academy directly.

Last updated date: 01 February 2018
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