Physical Education

Providing opportunities for students to achieve excellence in Sport and to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, preparing them for a life time of physical activity in the future. Taking part, having fun and keeping healthy is the backbone of the departments ethos. A tailored curriculum helps us to achieve this. Opportunities are plentiful for those who wish to pursue them with extra curricular activities run on a regular basis both during and after school with the ability to compete across a range of activities. Staff are there to support the students in their pursuit of excellence and the courses run at Key Stages 4 and 5 also embed sound theoretical knowledge and provide a good foundation for progression to University or apprenticeships in Sport.

KS3

Overview

During the first year at the college students will be set following a range of baseline tests which focus on fitness levels, fundamental motor skills, principles of invasion games, body control and management. In year 7 and 8 students receive three x 100 minutes lessons per fortnight. Two of those lessons are setted with the half the year group on PE at the same time and the third lesson is with two tutor groups combined. These lessons can be mixed or single sexed lessons. The curriculum is set by the department for boys and girls in Key Stage 3 and offers a wide range of activities from; Football, Netball; Hockey, Gymnastics; Rugby; Badminton, Dance, Cricket, Athletics, Basketball, Tennis and others. Alongside the core PE lessons there are opportunities to attend extra curricular activities both during and after college. These activities change of a termly basis.

Year 7

Students have 3 x 100 minutes per fortnight. The curriculum covers a range of activities which cover a wide skill base. The activities cover Invasion games, net/wall games, striking and fielding and aesthetic activities. The activities will vary from year to year depending on the availability of space. Core activities for Year 7 and 8 for boys include Football and Rugby with Netball and Gymnastics for the Girls.

Year 8

Students have 3 x 100 minute lessons per fortnight. The core activities are again run through Year 8 but the students also get exposure to a range of activities that they did not cover the previous year. The curriculum will compliment that delivered in Year 7.

KS4

Overview

During Year 9 students will continue to receive core PE lessons regardless of whether they have selected the subject as one of their options. Core PE lessons are weekly (2 lessons per fortnight) and the activities delivered are tailored to each individual group. At the end of each year groups have an input into their curriculum model for the forthcoming year. In Key Stage 4 students are given the opportunity to develop their leadership skills by visiting feeder primary schools in their core PE lessons to deliver generic games or activities to help to improve the fundamental skills of these younger children. Students can opt in Year 9 into the examination courses in the department which consist of GCSE PE (Edexcel Exam board) and the Level 2 BTEC in Sport (NCF). Students who opt onto these courses receive an additional 3 x 100 minute lessons per fortnight.

BTEC Level 2 First Award in Sport

This academic course is designed for those who are passionate about the world of sport, sports organisation and sports science. It involves both theoretical and practical aspects of sport. Students will gain an understanding of the anatomy and physiology, sports psychology of the sports performer and what it takes to become a healthy active individual.The BTEC Sport course is a coursework and practical based qualification, where you will learn skills useful in careers within the sport, leisure, tourism and hospitality sector. Teamwork, leadership, coaching, fitness, social skills and working in groups are just a few vital skills you will develop, whilst studying a range of practical topics and units.

You need to be organised and able to adhere to deadlines since the course is assessed predominantly through coursework apart from two units.

Assessment

Students will study The BTEC Level 2 First Award in Sport. This will consist of four units containing a mixture of theory and practical elements and involves students completing a variety of coursework based assignments which, where possible, will be delivered in a practical setting. The four Units students will study include; Unit 1 (Fitness for Sport and Exercise) this will be assessed externally via an onscreen exam; Unit 2 (Practical Sport); then a further two Units from either Unit 3 (The Mind and Sports Performance); Unit 4 (The Sports Performer in Action); Unit 5 (Training for Personal Fitness); or Unit 6 (Leading Sports Activities).

Students who have completed the BTEC Level 2 First Award and have passed the Unit 1 exam will be able to access the BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Sport. This will involve completing one external exam: Unit 7 (Anatomy and Physiology); and three coursework based assignments from: Unit 8 (Sponsorship); Unit 9 (Lifestyle and Well-being); Unit 10 (Injury); Unit 11 (Running a Sports Event); or Unit 12 (Leisure Industry).The course work will be split into tasks that include making leaflets, posters and planning events, making risk assessments and route cards for practical activities.

OCR GCSE PE

This academic course is designed for those who are passionate about the world of sport, sports organisation and sports science. It involves both theoretical and practical aspects of sport. Students will gain an understanding of the anatomy and physiology, sports psychology of the sports performer and what it takes to become a healthy active individual.
Students will carry out theory based class work, projects and investigations to build up an understanding of the theoretical aspects of sport, health and performance and participation. There will be varied opportunities to develop your skill level and strategic understanding in a range of sports and the opportunity to devise a training programme to monitor and improve performance.

Assessment

This course will be assessed practically where ever possible with observations from qualified assessors. Some knowledge aspects will be assessed through course work; where necessary. An example of the assessments would be; solving a problem as a team. Students would need to demonstrate active and positive participation in plan, do and review phases of problem solving as well as safe participation and ongoing positive input into the doing phase, including support for peers. Other practical assessments will be done through interviews and professional discussions.
The course work will be split into tasks that include making leaflets, posters and planning events, making risk assessments and route cards for practical activities.

Year 9

Students can study examination options in this year as well as getting exposure to the leadership activities.

Core PE

Core PE is run with tailored pathways to best suit the needs of each individual class. Additional activities are available here for classes to opt for and include Dodgeball, Longball, Handball, Volleyball, Frisbee amongst others. At the end of Year 9 students get the opportunity to plan their curriculum for Year 10.

BTEC Level 2 First Award in Sport

The BTEC course will cover some of the core Unit in this year and will focus mainly on Units 1; Fitness for Sport and Exercise and Unit 2 Practical Sports Performance. Unit 2 will be completed in Year 9. Unit 2 is a coursework based Unit of work with video evidence of performances.

OCR GCSE PE

The GCSE (OCR) course will cover topics from the following elements:

  1. Physical Factors Affecting Performance (30%)
  2. Socio-Cultural Issues and Sports Psychology (30%)
  3. Performance within Physical Education (40%) – this will include performance in 3 sports (1 team/1 individual activity) and performance analysis of a sport or activity.

Year 10

Examination subjects and core PE lessons follow the same pathway as in Year 9 with 1 single 100 minute lesson each week for core PE and 3 x100 lessons for examination groups. At the end of Year 10 groups once again get the opportunity to plan their curriculum for Year 11.

BTEC Level 2 First Award in Sport

The BTEC course will re-visit Unit 1 and prepare for their online examination. Once this has been completed students will begin work on Unit 5; Training for Personal Fitness

OCR GCSE PE

The GCSE (OCR) course will cover topics from the following elements:

  1. Physical Factors Affecting Performance (30%)
  2. Socio-Cultural Issues and Sports Psychology (30%)
  3. Performance within Physical Education (40%) – this will include performance in 3 sports (1 team/individual activity) and performance analysis of a sport or activity.

Year 11

Examination subjects and core PE lessons follow the same pathway as in Year 10 with 1 single 100 minute lesson each week and 3 x 100 lessons for examination groups. During Year 11 students are given the opportunity to opt out of core PE to undertake a Level 1 Leadership Award in that lesson.

BTEC Level 2 First Award in Sport

The BTEC course will complete Unit 5 and also complete their final Unit, Unit 6 – Leading Sports Activities

OCR GCSE PE

The GCSE group will begin to prepare for their final exam and will also be moderated on their practical sports performances.

KS5

Overview

The department offer a wide array of courses in the 6th form from examination subjects such as A level PE and Leisure Studies to more vocational subjects like the BTEC level 3 Diploma in Sport, the VCTC level 3 qualifications in Personal training, Sports Studies and Combined Diploma in Exercise Science and Personal Training. Students receive 6 x 100 lessons a fortnight for the examination courses and VCTC qualifications and BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport run on 12 lessons a fortnight.

Alongside these examination options the college runs Academies in Football, Rugby and Netball and supports more niche sports with individual training programmes e.g. Sailing, MMA. 3 sessions a week are dedicated to the Academy with training, strength and conditioning sessions and fixtures timetabled on a regular basis.

Year 12

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport

Core Units

  • Unit 1 - Principles of anatomy and physiology, Unit 2; Physiology of Fitness,
  • Unit 3 - Assessing risk in Sport
  • Unit 7 - Fitness testing for sport and exercise

Optional Units

  • Unit 4 - Fitness training and programming,
  • Unit 13 - Leadership in Sport
  • Unit 6 - Sports Development
  • Unit 11 - Sports Nutrition
A-Level PE (OCR)

This course includes the following components:

  • Applied anatomy and physiology. Exercise physiology. Biomechanics, including technology in sport (35%)
  • Skill acquisition. Sports psychology. Sport and society (35%)
  • Performance or Coaching. Evaluation of Performance for Improvement (EPI) (30%)

In Year 12 the following elements will be covered:

  • Physiological Factors Affecting Performance
  • Psychological and Socio-cultural Themes in PE
  • Performance within Physical Education
Level 3 Diploma in Sports Studies (601/6787/7) 2 year course https://www.vtct.org.uk/

Learners will develop the core specialist knowledge required by the sector through achieving the eight mandatory units which include analysing sports performance, anatomy and physiology for sport, health screening and fitness testing, lifestyle factors, physiology of fitness, risk assessment in sport, sport in society and sports leadership.

VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training (Gym-based Exercise) 1 year course

A technical level qualification that will develop your knowledge, understanding and technical skills needed for a
career in the sport and active leisure industry as a personal trainer in gym-based exercise

SP3D23 - VTCT Level 3 Combined Diploma in Exercise Science and Personal Training

Through the first year of this qualification, learners will develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to pre-screen clients and check their readiness to exercise, induct individuals and small groups to gym equipment, plan and instruct gym-based exercise programmes and plan and instruct short, break-out activities for small groups in the gym-based environment. Learners will also develop their knowledge of health and wellbeing and different lifestyle behaviours that impact health so they are able to offer a broader range of advice and guidance to support customers.

Year 13

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport

Optional Units

  • Unit 5 - Sports coaching
  • Unit 9 - Practical individual sport
  • Unit 18 - Sports injuries
  • Unit 22 - Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport
  • Unit 23 - Organising Sports Events
A-Level PE (OCR)

In Year 13 the following components will be covered:

  • Physiological Factors Affecting Performance
  • Psychological Factors Affecting Performance
  • Socio-cultural and Contemporary Issues
  • Performance within Physical Education
Leisure Studies (OCR)

Students will cover the following topics:

  • Event Management (portfolio work)
  • Human Resource management (examined Unit)
  • Leisure in the Outdoors (portfolio work)

All units cover an equal weighting of marks.

Level 3 Diploma in Sports Studies (601/6787/7) 2 year course https://www.vtct.org.uk/

Learners will develop the core specialist knowledge required by the sector through achieving the eight mandatory units which include analysing sports performance, anatomy and physiology for sport, health screening and fitness testing, lifestyle factors, physiology of fitness, risk assessment in sport, sport in society and sports leadership.

SP3D23 - VTCT Level 3 Combined Diploma in Exercise Science and Personal Training

Through the second year of this qualification, learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology in a more applied context, as well health and exercise psychology. They will develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to consult with clients, gather relevant lifestyle information and conduct appropriate fitness assessments; this information will be applied to programme and deliver personal training sessions, provide appropriate healthy eating guidance and support clients with changing lifestyle behaviours to promote health and wellbeing. In parallel, learners will develop their communication and customer service skills, their awareness of environmental sustainability and their commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers. Problem solving, team working skills and research skills will also be developed