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Physical Education

Sport and Physical Education is at the heart of Oakgrove Integrated College. We strive to provide as many sporting opportunities for our students as possible and this is done so through our PE curriculum which allows pupils of all abilities to participate, achieve and succeed. Our PE Curriculum is based around providing a wide variety of sports set in fantastic sports facilities to enhance our students’ experiences further. At Oakgrove Integrated College we work hard to ensure students are praised and recognised for their sporting success.

Key Stage 3 & 4 Core PE

All students at Oakgrove Integrated College complete 105 minutes of Core PE every week in Years 8 and 9 and 70 minutes of Core PE in Years 10, 11 and 12. During these lessons students participate in a wide range of sporting activities and are assessed in the following areas; performance, fitness, healthy active lifestyles, tactics and strategies, ability to evaluate and improve performance, participation, team work and leadership. Within Core PE lessons students are taught the importance of being active and teachers work hard to ensure PE lessons are fun and engaging for students to promote lifelong participation in sport outside of school. Sports covered within the Core PE Curriculum include: football, rugby, Gaelic football, cricket, cross-country, athletics, swimming, basketball, volleyball, fitness, dance, aerobics, badminton, table-tennis, trampolining, gymnastics, handball, dodgeball.

Key Stage 4

BTEC First Sport Level 2 (1 GCSE)

This course is targeted towards young aspiring PE students who have a keen interest and passion for sport. Studying on this course involves a mixture of classroom theory and practical practice. Students wishing to study this course should be regularly taking part in school sport and extra-curricular activities across a range of sports which will give them appropriate knowledge and examples to apply in their written work and a strong practical ability to achieve well in the practical based assessments.


Why study BTEC Sport?


  • BTEC Sport is equivalent to 1 GCSE and is graded: Pass = C, Merit = B, Distinction/* = A/A*

  • encourage personal development through practical participation and performance in a range of sports and exercise activities

  • give learners a wider understanding and appreciation of health-related fitness, sports and exercise through selection of optional specialist units

  • give full-time learners the opportunity to enter employment in the sport and active leisure sector or to progress to other vocational qualifications such as the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Sport and Sport and Exercise Sciences or on to GCE AS or A level


Possible Career Paths: Sports Instructor/Coach, PE Teacher, Gym/Health/Fitness Instructor, Swimming Pool Attendant/Lifeguard, Leisure/Recreation Management, Sports Management, Podiatry, Physiotherapy, Dietetics, Professional Sports, Sales Person – Sports Shop, Sports Journalist, Sports Scientist


What will I study?

The BTEC First qualifications have core and optional units. Learners must complete both core (mandatory) units, plus two further units for a total of 120 Guided Learning Hours. We will complete Units 1, 2, 3 and 5.


Criteria recommended:

  • Desire to represent school teams, if selected

  • Show enthusiasm and participation in school sporting events

  • Keep theory/coursework up to date with good revision notes and homeworks. Meet deadlines set for Assignments.


Year 12 student: “I liked sport and wanted to learn how the body worked when playing sports. I really enjoyed the practicals and performing in different sports.” Jamie Brown


Key Stage 5 Physical Education Curriculum

BTEC Sport Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (1 A-Level – 60 credits)

The 60-credit BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport is a course for those pupils who love sport. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. The course is 100% coursework based and is the equivalent of one A-Level. It is a two year course which consists of the following 7 units:

Unit 1 - Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport

Unit 2 - The Physiology of Fitness

Unit 3 - Assessing Risk in Sport

Unit 7 - Fitness Testing for Sport & Exercise

Unit 11 - Sports Nutrition

Unit 17 - Psychology for Sports Performance

Unit 26 - Work Experience in Sport

(This qualification is subject to change as there is a new specification released which we will explore to see if it suits our students’ needs better)




Entry requirements:

  • A minimum of five GCSE A* - C grades is required.

  • GCSE Physical Education/BTEC Sport Level 2 and GCSE English must be two of these five subjects. (Some pupils may be accepted without GCSE PE and/or English but this is unusual and is at the discretion of the PE Department). It is recommended that pupils enjoy and are used to completing coursework.

  • Pupils must participate in sport, preferably being a member of a team/club outside of school.



A summative unit grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction will be awarded.

  • To achieve a ‘Pass’ a learner must have satisfied all the pass assessment criteria

  • To achieve a ‘Merit’ a learner must have satisfied all the pass and merit assessment criteria

  • To achieve a ‘Distinction’ a learner must have satisfied all the pass, merit and distinction assessment criteria


Year 14 student - Chloe Moore: “I really liked coursework so the BTEC Sport course suited me. I have a real interest in sport and for every assignment we researched a range of topics and completed the assignments set.”


Career Pathways: Careers in sport (coaching, teaching, therapy, conditioning, fitness instruction, outdoor education etc) and the health and leisure industry, as well as progression into Higher and Further Education.


Head of Department:

Mr C.Donaghey

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