Each year group has one or two PE lessons and a Games session a week. Inter-school fixtures, House matches, team practices and after-school clubs further develop a programme of activities to encourage physical skills, participation, health and fitness.
Winter sports are rugby, football, hockey, netball and cross-country. Summer sports are cricket, tennis, rounders and athletics. Indoor activities include basketball, badminton, gymnastics, health and fitness, volleyball and table tennis.
If you are passionate about sport and living a healthy lifestyle then GCSE PE is for you. You will improve your all-round sporting ability as well as try new sports, you never know, you may have a hidden talent!
You will acquire knowledge about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle which will ensure you stay fit and healthy long after your school days.
The AS and A level in PE is again with a mixture of theory and practical work, with much more emphasis on the theoretical components than at GCSE. Taking the subject can help students who are intending to follow a career in the sporting or leisure world, and can also provide an excellent contrast in the school day for students with an interest in this area who are taking AS and A levels in more ‘traditional’ subjects. Students can start an A level in Physical Education without having a GCSE in the subject. It is by no means a subject just for games players and there is a great deal of science and analysis required by those taking the subject.
Practical 50% - Each candidate will be required to perform 4 chosen sports/activities for assessment. The sports/activities used are decided by the teacher and pupil and are not essentially restricted to the sports covered within school (i.e. skiing, horse riding).
Theory 40% - The theory papers consist of 2 sections, the first is multiple choice, the second, short non-essay style questions. The questions are geared to cover factors affecting participation, the importance of healthy, balanced lifestyles and methods of training, as well as other related topics.
Coursework 10% - The Year 10 piece relates to the analysis of lifestyle, the Year 11 piece relates to the analysis of performance.
Practical 50% - Each sport/activity is marked out of a total of 25 resulting in a maximum practical grade of 100. This then comprises 50% of the total marks for the final GCSE grade.
Theory 40% - 2 examinations are taken in Year 11, each worth 20% of the final GCSE grade.
Coursework 10% - 2 pieces of coursework are completed in the course, one in the Spring term of Year 10 and the other in the Winter term of Year 11. Each is worth 5% of the total GCSE grade.
You will have the chance to see some world class sporting events as part of the GCSE PE course. Recent trips have included: The Paralympic Games, NBA Basketball, Premiership Rugby Union, International Football and Elite Cycling.
The AS includes compulsory sections on Anatomy and Physiology, Acquiring Movement Skills and Socio-Cultural Studies and is 60% theory and 40% coursework. Assessment is in the form of one 2 hour examination. Coursework is internally assessed but externally moderated on two chosen activities, and can involve performing, coaching or officiating in these activities. Also candidates are required to observe a performance, then evaluate and plan for the improvement of performance, and give an oral response outlining their action plan. All Coursework requires video evidence.
A2 includes topics from Historical Studies, Comparative Studies, Sports Psychology, Biomechanics and Exercise and Sport Physiology. The terminal exam has an element of choice. Video-recorded coursework involves a performance of one sport, or coaching/officiating, and evaluation of a live performance where students recommend an appropriate strategy to improve performance in an oral response format as at AS level.