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The PE department is a thriving and successful department that not only excels in a wide range of sports but also caters for the demands of all standards of ability. The intention is to maintain and stimulate pupil interest and enjoyment in sports and to promote health and fitness for current and future lifestyles. It is also a major aim to develop a range of desirable personal qualities such as politeness, perseverance, initiative and independence via the establishment of pupil self-esteem through the development of physical confidence.


The Sports Curriculum & Teacher Pupil Ratio

The Department follows guidelines as laid out in the National Curriculum with students taking part in both mixed and single sex lessons following a four year progressive modular programme. Five full time PE Teachers are responsible for the teaching of the curriculum. In addition to this outside coaching specialists are used in activities such as basketball, badminton, sailing and rock climbing. This enables the Department to operate with an excellent teacher-to-pupil ratio, sometimes as low as 1:15 in PE and Games lessons.


GCSE Physical Education

Introduction:

GCSE Physical Education aims to offer pupils the opportunity to develop skills in a wide range of sports and activities and to improve their own performance.  Pupils will learn about exercise, how the body works to help us exercise and how performance can be improved through training.  Pupils will be expected to develop their knowledge and understanding of the different factors that affect participation and performance. They will learn about the health benefits and risks associated with taking part in physical activity.  They will also develop the skills necessary to analyse and improve performance and be expected to adopt a number of sporting roles such as coach, official and performer.

 

During the course pupils will be taught to:

  • apply anatomical and physiological knowledge of the body to performance
  • analyse movement effectively and decide how to improve it
  • realise how preparation, training and fitness affect performance
  • understand the impact of sports psychology on sporting performance
  • develop understanding of socio-cultural influences in sport
  • link lifestyle choices to overall sporting performance
  • use data and technology to make evaluations about performance.

 

Course Content:

The subject is divided into academic theory and practical activities.  The academic content constitutes 60% of the GCSE with the practical making up the remaining 40%.  Both modules are outlined below.

 

Component 1: Fitness and body systems

This paper will examine anatomy and physiology; movement analysis, physical training and use of data.  Assessment is based on a 1 hour and 45 minute written exam paper.  30% of the total GCSE.

 

Component 2: Health and Performance

This paper will examine health, fitness and well-being; sport psychology; socio-cultural influences and use of data.  It will be assessed in a 1 hour and 45 minute written exam paper.  30% of the total GCSE.

 

Unit 2: Performance in Physical Education

Section 2.1: Practical performance

Candidates are required to offer three performances, in practical contexts.  Performances must be from one team game, one individual performance and one free choice from a list of prescribed activities.  30% of the total GCSE.

 

Section 2.2: Analysis of performance

Candidates are required to undertake an analysis of performance in a physical activity that is selected for practical performance.  The analysis will identify strengths and weaknesses of the performance and students will devise an action plan for improvement.  This may be presented as a written report or verbally as a short presentation.  10% of the total GCSE.

 

Examination Board: AQA

 

Mode of Assessment:

40% practical (assessed in three sports)

60% written examination.


A-Level Physical Education

Introduction

The Physical Education department is a thriving and successful department that not only excels in a wide range of sports but also enjoys a high level of academic success in GCSE and A-level courses.  The department is dedicated to the highest possible achievement of all its students, whatever their level of ability.  By stimulating students’ interest in the wider issues of sport, students are given the opportunity to enhance their practical performance and develop their theoretical understanding of sports science.  As well as this, the department continuously strives to ensure that personal qualities such as confidence, concentration, co-operation and initiative are also developed.

 

Course content

 

A-Level

 

Paper 1 : Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport

Paper one is subdivided into three sections.  Students will study applied anatomy and physiology, skill acquisition and sport in society.

 

Mode of Assessment

2 hour written exam

Examination: 35% A-level mark

 

Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport

This paper looks at exercise physiology and biomechanics, sports psychology.  The final section examines both sport and society and technology in sport.

 

Mode of Assessment

2 hour written exam

Examination: 35% of A-level mark

 

Practical performance in physical activity and sport

Students are assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity.  They must also analyse and evaluate performance either verbally or written.

 

Mode of assessment

Internal with external moderation

Examination: 30% A-level mark

 

Examination Board: AQA

 

Mode of assessment

The course is based on a linear assessment.  Students will study three units in Year 12.  This will be followed by a further three units in Year 13 to complete the full A-level with assessment in June.  Students will work on the practical component over both years with assessment taking place in April of Year 13.


BTEC Foundation Diploma

Introduction

The department is dedicated to the highest possible achievement of all its students, whatever their level of ability. By stimulating students’ interest in the wider issues of sport, students are given the opportunity to enhance their practical performance and develop their theoretical understanding of sports science.  As well as this, the department continuously strives to ensure that personal qualities such as confidence, concentration, co-operation and initiative are also developed.

 

Course content

The BTEC Diploma uses a combination of internal assessment on core modules and written exams. The diploma is the equivalent of two A-levels and students take a total of ten units, seven of which are mandatory and outlined below.

 

Mandatory Units:

  • Anatomy and physiology.
  • Fitness training and programming for health, sport and well-being.
  • Sports leadership.
  • Coaching for performance.
  • Professional development in the sports industry.
  • Sports Psychology.
  • Sports performance analysis.

 

Mode of assessment

67% on internal assessment after each topic area

Examination: 33% on written exams

 

There are three types of assessment on the course:

  • Assignments set and marked in-house after each unit and verified externally by sampling.
  • Tasks which are set by Edexcel. In these, the students are presented with a scenario based on fitness training and they then have 6-8 hours allocated to research and prepare notes for a final assessment, in which they will produce a plan to supplement the written exam on this topic.
  • Written exam on anatomy and physiology. This is an hour and half paper which contains a mix of short and long answer questions.

 

In addition to this students are required to take a further three modules from a prescribed options list.

 

The course is taken over two years.  There are two external assessments in the form of two written exams.  Over the two-year course, students are assessed internally on coursework produced at the end of each topic area.  Students are awarded a level of qualification: pass, merit or distinction based on the quality of work produced.


BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport

Who is this qualification for?

 

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport is intended to be an Applied General qualification for post-16 learners wanting to continue their education through applied learning, and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the sports sector. The qualification is equivalent in size to three A Levels and has been designed as a full two-year programme.

 

What does this qualification cover?

 

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. Employers and professional bodies have also been involved and consulted to confirm that the content is appropriate and consistent with current practice for learners who may choose to enter employment directly in the sport sector. The qualification provides the knowledge, understanding and skills that allow learners to gain experience of the sport sector that will prepare them for further study or training.

 

Learners will study mandatory units:

  • Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology
  • Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being
  • Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry
  • Unit 4: Sports Leadership
  • Unit 7: Practical Sports Performance
  • Unit 8: Coaching for Performance
  • Unit 9: Research Methods in Sport
  • Unit 19: Development and Provision of Sport and Physical Activity
  • Unit 22: Investigating Business in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry
  • Unit 23: Skill Acquisition in Sport.

 

Learners will also choose six optional units that have been designed to support progression to the range of sector-related courses in higher education, and to link with relevant occupational areas.

 

Mode of assessment

 

67% on internal assessment after each topic area

Examination: 33% on written exams

 

Learners who have completed this qualification in two years may progress to further learning at Level 3.

 

The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting, or contributing to, admission requirements for many relevant courses. Learners can progress to higher education on full degree single or combined courses, for example:

  • BA (Hons) in Sports Development and Management
  • BSc (Hons) in Sports Management
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Business Management
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Leisure Management
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Science (Outdoor Activities)
  • BSc (Hons) in Exercise, Health and Fitness
  • BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Psychology

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