Why Study Physical Education

Physical Education provides a range of experiences that form the basis for lifelong sporting and recreational activity which inspires all students to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities.

Physical Education provides learners with a platform from which they can build physical competences, improve aspects of fitness, and develop personal and interpersonal skills and attributes. It enables learners to develop the concepts and skills necessary for participation in a wide range of physical activity, sport, dance and outdoor learning, and enhances their physical wellbeing in preparation for leading a fulfilling, active and healthy lifestyle.

They encounter a variety of practical learning experiences, including working on their own, with a partner and in small and large groups. Students use a variety of equipment and apparatus, both outdoors and indoors.

The aim of the department is to provide a high quality PE programme that will include learning to move (learning the skills, techniques and understanding required for participation in physical activities and sport) and moving to learn (physical activity as a context and means for learning).

KEY STAGE 3

At Key Stage 3 students take part in and develop a range of skills in PE activities including Netball, Football, Rugby, Table Tennis, Dance, Health Related Fitness, Athletics, Cricket, Softball, Tennis, Basketball, Cross Country and Badminton.

KEY STAGE 4

At Key Stage 4, students can opt to take BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Sport, which provides an engaging and relevant introduction to the world of sport. It incorporates important aspects of the industry, such as fitness testing and training for sport and exercise, the psychology of sport, practical sports performance and sports leadership. It enables students to develop and apply their knowledge, while also developing a range of relevant practical, communication and technical skills.

All students still have one core PE lesson per week where they pursue activities they have enjoyed during KS3.

Key Information about the course

The Physical Education course provides an engaging and relevant introduction to the world of sport. Students will study four units of work, which are broken down into several assignments, including practical work.

  • Fitness for Sport and Exercise
  • Practical Performance in Sport
  • Applying the Principles of Personal Training
  • Leading Sports Activities

Equipment Required: PE Kit. Learners must have an excellent participation rate in PE.

Key areas and skills

The vast majority of employers require learners to have certain technical skills, knowledge and understanding to work in a particular sector, but they are also looking for employability skills to ensure that employees are effective in the workplace.

Throughout this course learners will develop a range of employability skills, engage with employers and carry out work-related activities. As part of the course we also try to run Leadership awards for students, examples including a Rugby Young Leaders Award and a Dodgeball Leaders Award, which are extra qualifications.

Main methods of assessment

Each unit has specific assessment criteria that are used to judge learners’ work.

75% of the course is assessed via practical work and coursework assignments. It is possible for students to be assessed in sports that they participate in outside of school.

25% of the course is assessed via an online examination.

Possible career pathway

This course prepares young people for careers in sport, fitness and coaching, along with developing teamwork, leadership skills and an understanding of the importance of health and fitness to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The course is recognised by further education and higher education institutions, as well as by employers and other training providers.