Physical Education

In addition to the regular PE lessons for all pupils between Second and Fifth Form, the Physical Education Department also offers examination courses at GCSE and A levels.

Head of Department - Mr Andrew Rowley

Mr Andrew Rowley, BSc, PGCE
Miss Carolyn Bircher, BEd (Head of PE)
Miss Gemma Douglas, BPE (Head of Games)
Mr David Stott, CMI, MMI (Head of Hockey)
Mr Graham Smith (Head of Rugby)
MR Craig Williamson (Strength and Conditioning Coach)                                                                                                          

                                                                                                            

 

 

Pupils can choose to do GCSE Physical Education during the Fourth and Fifth Form. This is a popular, useful and challenging course in which pupils study topics such as health and fitness, training, diet, drugs, the systems (cardiovascular, skeletal, respiratory and muscular) and pathways in sport. Pupils are also assessed in three of their own practical performances and are required to analyse and evaluate a performance.

 

The course is divided into two sections:                  

1. Theory 60%   (two papers)

2. Practical 40%

Written Assessment: Paper 1

Written Assessment: Paper 2

Paper 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport

Written examination: 1 hour and 15 minutes

30% of the qualification

78 marks

A mixture Multiple choice, short answer and extended answer questions

 

Content overview

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical training
  • Use of data

 

Paper 2: Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport

Written examination: 1 hour and 15 minutes

30% of the qualification

78 marks

A mixture Multiple choice, short answer and extended answer questions

 

Content overview

  • Sports psychology
  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Health, fitness and well-being
  • Use of data

 

 

Practical Assessment: Performance

Practical Assessment: Analysis & Evaluation

Practical Performance

Internally assessed, externally moderated

30% of the qualification

75 marks

 

Content overview

Practical performance in three different physical activities in the role of player/performer (one in a team activity, one in an individual activity and a third in either a team or in an individual activity).

Performance Analysis & Evaluation

Internally assessed, externally moderated

10% of the qualification

25 marks

 

Content overview

Analysis and evaluation of performance to bring about improvement in one activity.

 

The course provides a comprehensive study of the basic science of sport.  It must be emphasised that this is not a course that is just about performance and should not be chosen, with the expectation of just playing sport.  The majority of the course involves theory based work in the classroom, although much of the theory content can be linked to who we do on the sports field. It also provides an excellent grounding for AS/A Level Physical Education.

This A Level course offers an opportunity for candidates to take the performing or coaching role in one sport. We follow the new AQA specification introduced in September 2016 which reflects major changes in the balance of written examination to coursework. Practical performance and analysis now constitute only 30% of the A Level. Two written papers make up the other 70% of the course.

Paper 1

Paper 2

Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport

Written examination: 2 hours

35% of the qualification

105 marks

 

Content overview

Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology

Section B: Skill acquisition

Section C: Sport and society

Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport

Written examination: 2 hours

35% of the qualification

105 marks

 

Content overview

Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics

Section B: Sport psychology

Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport

 

Component 3

Component 4

Practical Performance

Non-examined assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated

15% of the qualification

45 marks

 

Content overview

● Skills performed in one physical activity as a player/performer

OR

● Skills performed in one physical activity as a coach

Performance Analysis & Evaluation

Non-examined assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated

15% of the qualification

45 marks

 

Content overview

● In the role of player/performer or coach analyse two components of a physical activity

(one physiological component and either a tactical or technical component).

● In the role of player/performer or coach analyse, implement and evaluate a Performance

Development Programme.

 

Recommended Entry Requirements

The study of PE at GCSE provides a very beneficial foundation for the A Level course.  However, pupils can pursue the course without GCSE PE experience provided that they have a strong interest in analysing performance in sport and developing their own performance.  As a subject that combines both art and science disciplines a broad GCSE subject combination is suitable.

 

Subject Combinations, Careers and Higher Education

PE offers an excellent compromise between arts and sciences to offer balance in a pupil’s choice of subjects.  Career opportunities in sports related areas are now vast.  University courses involving PE offer great diversity from Sports Analysis to Sports Marketing and Business.

The Higher Physical Education course offers, for those candidates who have a strong interest in sport, an opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of specific areas within sport.  The course focuses on analysing performance and identifying factors impacting on performance, aiming to give candidates the skills to be able to analyse areas of strength and weakness in their own performances, develop strategies to improve their performance and implement change and progress in their performance.  The course is 60% coursework and 40% theory.

Component 1 – Practical Performance

Component 2 - Theory

 

A single performance (60% of the qualification)

 

  • Planning & Preparation (8%)
  • Single Performance (40%)
  • Evaluation (12%)

 

In addition to this pupils need to pass practical performances in two other activities. This is a pass or fail.

 

 

 

Factors impacting on performance – Pass/Fail

 

For each of the following areas you will discuss and consider the impact of physical, mental, social and emotional factors:

 

  • Factors impacting on performance
  • Methods of data collection
  • Approaches to performance development
  • Analysing the recording, monitoring and evaluation of performance development

 

 

Component 3 – Theory Examination

 

40% of the course

1hr30m examination

Section 1: 3 questions (8 marks each)

Section 2: one scenario based question (16 marks)

 

Recommended entry requirements

Pupils can pursue the Higher course without GCSE PE.  They must, however, have a strong interest in sport and in particular performance analysis.  There is a significant element of the course that is based around identifying strengths and weaknesses in performances and finding possible solutions to improve a performance, using data analysis.  As a subject that combines both art and science disciplines, a broad GCSE subject combination is suitable.

 

Subject combinations, careers and Higher Education

Higher PE offers an excellent compromise between arts and sciences to offer balance in a pupil’s choice of subjects.  Career opportunities in sports related areas are now vast.  University courses involving PE offer great diversity from Sports Analysis, Sports Science to Sports Marketing and Business.