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Key Stage 3 Overview

Pupils undertake PE, Swimming and Games units of work over the course of the key stage in a variety of activities. They are challenged to learn how to think in different ways to suit a wide range of creative, competitive, cooperative and challenging activities. They learn how to plan, perform and evaluate actions, ideas and performances to improve their abilities and aptitudes and help them make choices about how to get involved in lifelong physical activity.

GCSE and A Level Overview

GCSE PE- AQA
This GCSE Physical Education specification is designed to enable students to enjoy and understand the benefits of living a healthy and active lifestyle; to provide a route to A-levels and to Higher Education in PE as well as to related career opportunities. It is made up of 2 components:
Theory
Knowledge and Understanding for the Active Participant
Written Paper – 1 hour 30 mins - 80 marks – 40% of final grade
Practical
The Active Participant
Controlled Assessment - 90 marks – 60% of final grade
4 assessments made up of a combination of:

Performing Officiating Organising Choreographing Coaching

 

A Level PE - AQA
This specification builds on the student’s experience from Key Stage 4 and GCSE to enhance their knowledge and increase their understanding of the factors that affect performance and participation in physical education. The specification offers students the opportunity to experience and develop an interest in a variety of roles in sport such as performer, official and/or leader/coach at AS and then be able to specialise in one at A2.
The content of the theory course will address:

Contemporary Issues in Sport Sports Physiology Sports Psychology

AS Examination
Theory  - Opportunities for and the effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle - 60% of AS, 30% of A Level - 2 hour written examination - 84 marks
Practical
Analysis and evaluation of physical activity as a performer and/or in an adopted role/s
40% of AS, 20% of A Level - Internal assessment with external moderation - 100 marks
Candidates perform, analyse and evaluate the execution of core skills/techniques in isolation and in structured practice as either a player/performer and in an adopted role or two adopted roles.

A2 Examination
Theory - Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within sport - 30% of A Level - 2 hour written examination - 84 marks
Practical
Optimising practical performance in a competitive situation
20% of A Level - Internal assessment with external moderation - 120 marks
Candidates perform, analyse and evaluate their own performance, identify areas of performance that they could improve, and suggest causes and appropriate corrective measures.

 
 

Staff

Miss B Heaney Head of Girls’ PE     

Mr M Irvine Head of Boy’s PE

Mr C Knox

Miss S Hill

Aims

The Physical Education Department aims to maximise the potential of each student by developing their physical competence and confidence and their ability to use these in a variety of activities. It promotes skilfulness, physical development and knowledge of the body in action. PE provides opportunities for students to be creative, competitive and face up to different challenges as individuals and as groups and teams. It promotes positive attitudes toward healthy and active lifestyles.