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Physical Education

Why study this subject?

  • Students who enjoy Physical Education lessons at key stage 3 and like challenging themselves to improve should consider opting for this subject. The option is suitable for those students who excel practically and those who enjoy taking part in sport. During Year 10 students will continue to experience a range of practical activities and be introduced to the theoretical concepts of the subject.  Students will be assessed with both written tests and their practical performance which will be judged against examination board assessment criteria throughout Years 10/11.

Aims of the course

  • To develop an understanding of what encourages us and allows us to take part in physical activity. This course looks at psychological (mind) and physiological (body) aspects affecting performance in sport.
  • To increase knowledge of practical and theoretical concepts of PE for students wishing to study sports based course at College and University.
  • Prepare for careers in the sport, the sports industry or the outdoor sector.
  • To motivate students through applied learning in a practical environment.
  • To acquire and develop skills, knowledge and understanding through a range of physical activities.
  • To increase understanding of the health benefits associated with physical activity.

What can this course lead to?

Students can continue studies within sport by completing the following courses:

  • A1/A2 Level Physical Education or Sports Studies/Science courses.
  • BTEC National in Sport (or equivalent).

These courses can then lead to university level qualifications in Sports Science, Physiotherapy, Sports Coaching or Sports Marketing.  Alternatively, they can lead to vocational careers in coaching, management or marketing.

Expectations of subject

  • Year 10 students will participate in a range of practical activities, developing skills and confidence.  Students will also begin studying the theoretical content of the course both in a classroom and a practical environment, learning what fitness is and how training can improve it.
  • Year 10/11 students will follow a pathway that will allow them to achieve a recognised qualification.  The GCSE PE course will be assessed through 30% practical ability, 60% examination and 10% coursework.
  • Equipment and participation.  All students are required to have full PE kit for both indoor and outdoor lessons.  Students will be expected to take part in all practical lessons whether inside or outside.

Support and provisions

  • Revision guides and online resources will be available to support learning.
  • Participation in after school activities and sport in the local community.

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