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      Physical Education and Dance

      PE and Dance are part of the Arts faculty.  The wide range of extra-curricular provision ensures that any student will find plenty of opportunities to enjoy and excel through participation or competition.

      Year 9

      You will have the opportunity to experience a wide variety of individual and team physical activities. Within these, you will extend your existing skills and fitness levels. New skills, techniques, tactics and learning strategies will be introduced. The key focus is that you enjoy taking part and understand the lifelong personal benefits of participation in physical activity

      Year 10 and 11

      All students will follow the two–year Core PE (incorporating a healthy active lifestyle) – non-accredited course, whilst in addition some will opt for either the GCSE PE or BTEC Performing Arts/Dance - accredited courses.


      Core PE (incorporating a healthy lifestyle)

      Exam Board/Syllabus


      Grade Equivalences


      Hours Taught (per cycle

      2 hours

      Assessment Route

      No coursework or exams

      This is a practically based non-accredited course.  You will have the opportunity to experience a wide variety of sports that are selected in line with the requirements at Key Stage 4.  This course will develop your personal fitness and practical skills, as well as build your experience in leadership and officiating roles. You will be expected to gain a more in-depth understanding of a range of activities so that you can participate to the best of your ability.

      Healthy lifestyle topics will be explored throughout the course to enable you to make informed and appropriate decisions in relation to your personal development and leading a healthy lifestyle. The PE department’s extra-curricular programme lends valuable support to this course.



      GCSE PE

      Exam Board/Syllabus

      Pearson Edexcel Syllabus 1PE01/02/03/04

      Grade Equivalences

      9 to 1

      Assessment Route

      Component 1: Fitness and body systems:                    Written Exam 1 hr 45 mins (36%)

      Component 2: Health and Performance:                         Written Exam 1hr 15mins (24%)

      Component 3: Practical Performance in: 3 practical activities including an individual and team activity (30%).

      Component 4: Personal Exercise Programme (10%)

      This is a theory and practically based accredited two-year course.  This is a course that will suit those students who have a strong academic level and high practical ability across a range of individual and team sports.

      The theory aspect of the course covers the following areas:

      Component 1: Fitness and Body Systems:

      Applied anatomy and physiology.

      Movement analysis.

      Physical training.

      Component 2: Health and Performance:

      Health, fitness and well-being.

      Sport psychology.

      Socio-cultural influences.

      Component 3: Practical Performance:

      Practically, you must be competent in three sports, showing high levels of skill, fitness and application of tactics in all three.  You may select from a limited list of individual and team sports. As part of the practical element you are required to produce a significant piece of written coursework; a 6 week Personal Exercise Programme.



      BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts   (Dance) Level 1 / 2

      Exam Board/Syllabus


      Grade Equivalences

      Level 1, Level 2 Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*

      Assessment Route

      All components are a mixture of written assignments and practical assessment


      This is a theory and practically based accredited two-year course.  This course is suitable for anyone with a keen interest and consistent experience in Dance.

      Learners will study the performance of Dance in a variety of styles and be assessed not only in their application of technical and expressive skills but also their ability to evaluate and improve their performance.  Learners’ confidence, discipline and commitment will also be assessed, so good self-management is a must for success on this course. Along with detailed study of the preparation, planning and performance process, learners will also develop knowledge of how to stage, costume and set performances.  Learners are assessed through internal and external assessment.

      The course comprises of 3 units:

      Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts (30%) - Internally assessed

      Component 2: Developing Skills & Techniques (30%) - Internally assessed

      Component 3: Performing to a brief (40%) - Externally assessed


      Continuous assessment will take the form of written assignments, logbooks, audits and practical performances as well as teacher assessment of the learners’ overall approach. Please note that consistent experience in Dance is essential for learners applying for this course.



      BTEC Tech Award in Sport, Activity and Fitness Level 1/ 2

      Exam Board/Syllabus


      Grade Equivalences

      Level 1, Level 2 Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*

      Assessment Route

      Component 1: (30% Internally Assessed)

      Component 2: (40% Externally Assessed)

      Component 3: (30% Internal Synopsis)

      This is a theory and practically based accredited two-year course. This course is suitable for those students with a keen interest and consistent involvement in sport.

      Students will have the opportunity to develop broad knowledge and understanding of the sports industry, and specialist skills and techniques in planning fitness training programmes and recommending nutritional strategies to improve fitness and performance.

      The course comprises of:

      Component 1: Understanding the Body and the Supporting Technology for Sport and Activity (30%) - Internally assessed

      Component 2: The Principles of Training, Nutrition, and Psychology for Sport and Activity (40%) - Externally assessed

      Component 3: Applying the principles of Sport and Activity (30%) - Internal synopsis

      BTEC Sport students will be expected to take advantage of the wide range of extra-curricular PE activities and organised fixtures, which will contribute to their development of physical fitness, skills and leadership.

      You will be able to progress onto the A-Level PE course or the BTEC Level 3 in Sport if you achieve a ‘merit’ or above in the BTEC Tech Award in Sport, Activity and Fitness Level 1/2. 

      Year 12 and 13


      GCE A Level Physical Education

      Exam Board/Syllabus

      OCR H554



      Course Entry Requirements

      In Addition To The School Sixth Form Entry Requirements

      GCSE Grade 4 in Science and a grade 4 English and a GCSE Grade 5 (or equivalent) in a PE related course.


      Assessment Route

      Component 1 (2hrs written exam 30%)

      Component 2 (1hr written exam 15%)

      Component 3 (1hr written exam 15%)

      Practical assessment (15%) 

      Coursework assessment - students will produce an Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement (15%)

      The A Level PE course is aimed at those students who have a strong interest in the theoretical study and practice of sport. Key areas related to sport performance are explored such as applied anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, skill acquisition, sport psychology, sport and society and contemporary issues in sport.

      A proven record of achievement in practical sport and current club, district, county and above representation is a correlative factor of success in this qualification.

      Component  1Physiological factors affecting performance   

      Applied anatomy and physiology

      Excercise physiology


      Component  2Psychological factors affecting performance   

      Skill acquisition

      Sport psychology

      Component  3Social-cultural issues in physical activity and sport 

        Sport and society

      Contemporary issues in physical activitiy and sport

      Component  4Practical performance 

      Skills performed in one physical activity as a player/performer (Selection of sport choice may be restricted by the exam board)

      Assessment of practical skills and their application will be continuous throughout the course. Performance will also be assessed through a log book of evidence of the student's training and competition programme in their respective sport. Video evidence of sport performance both in training and competition will be required. The student's final assessment will be in one sport (team or individual) as a player/performer. Absence, illness and injury should be avoided as these will have a negative impact on progress and the final grade received for practical performance.

      Component 5: Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement          

      Practical/Written Coursework    

      Learning strategies 

      Learning experiences relate to real-life experiences in PE and Sport

      Commitment to improving performance during private study

      Strong link maintained between physical activities and theoretical content

      Learning experiences reflect objectives of acquiring, applying, evaluating and appreciating physical activity as it is related to the theoretical content

      Decision making and role plays

      Developing awareness of current affairs in sport

      Homework including examination questions and research

      Self-study using school resources

      Actively engaged in enquiry into problems, issues and questions

      Group discussions

      Out of School visits, lectures and revision course​                            



      BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport

      Exam Board/Syllabus



      Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction*

      Course Entry Requirements

      In Addition To The School Sixth Form Entry Requirements

      School Entry Requirements

      Assessment Route

      Assessment is in the form of a mandatory exam, mandatory synoptic assessment and also written tasks which are internally assessed and set by the centre.

      On successful completion of this course, learners can progress into higher education or, within employment, continue their study in the same vocational area. The course provides an introduction to the sector for learners looking to build a career in sport, within one of its occupational areas. These areas include careers in excercise and fitness, coaching, sports development and the outdoors.

      The course consists of three mandatory units plus one optional unit:

      Anatomy and Physiology in Sport

      Fitness training and programming for health, sport and well-being

      Professional development in the sports industry

      Practical sports performance

      Learning Strategies:

      Learners will take responsibility for their own learning and achievement with independent learning being a key focus. The programme of learning will consist of assignment which provide the opportunity for coverage of all grading criteria as set out in the grading grid for each unit. A variety of assessment methods will be used, including case studies and assignments, along with projects, performance observation and time-constrained assessments where appropriate. Realistic scenarios will play an important part in learner's assessment.