Physical Education

GCSE Physical Education

A Level Physical Education

The PE Department teaches a wide range of sports, with lessons aiming to nurture the physical, social, emotional and moral development of all our pupils. Physical activity is an essential and integral component of a balanced, active and healthy lifestyle. In these lessons pupils develop a knowledge and understanding of the fundamental skills and techniques required for the sport, alongside the etiquette, rules and tactics that underpin excellent performance and sportsmanship. We offer athletics, badminton, circuit training, cross country running, football, handball, health related fitness (HRF), orienteering, personal survival, rounders, swimming, tag rugby, tennis and water polo. Whilst encouraging an array of key social skills the curriculum also provides a sound foundation for the GCSE course.

The AQA GCSE course encompasses a range of topics both practically and in the classroom, with 60% assessed by examination and 40% practically. In this course pupils will improve knowledge and performance in a range of practical activities and will have the chance to learn about the principles and practices which lead to good performance. The course will help develop confidence, self-esteem and a sense of team spirit. The qualification can lead to further study of Physical Education, Sport or to a career within the sport and leisure industry.

In GCSE PE, pupils have three hours of lessons every week to study the skeletal system, muscle groups, skill acquisition, respiratory system, cardio vascular system etc. Participation in a wide range of sports is offered after assessing pupils' physical abilities and their knowledge of the rules. Topics in the final year include the national curriculum, international sporting events, social groupings and roles in sport. Pupils write a piece of coursework based on performance evaluation and practise their examination techniques to ensure they are fully prepared for summer examinations.

A Level PE pupils develop an understanding and appreciation of the issues that affect physical activity including physiological, psychological and socio-cultural aspects. The OCR course is assessed 30% practically and 70% theoretically. The practical element is an assessment of the pupils’ best sport and an evaluative piece of work. For the theoretical part of the course pupils study anatomy and physiology, acquiring movement skills and socio-cultural studies alongside practical elements.

Pupils receive five lessons every week to fulfil the demands of this course and are guaranteed to develop a thorough understanding of sport at every level. The A Level course is the perfect preparation for a variety of jobs including  performance coaching, sports development, strength and conditioning coaching, nutritionist, personal trainer, sports scientist, performance analyst, sports therapist, physiotherapy or marketing – the list is endless!