PE (Physical Education) combines practical physical activity with the study of aspects of the discipline as it becomes an academic subject at GCSE and A Level. It builds key skills such as team work, communication skills, leadership, analysis and assessment and social skills.
Physical Education is a core subject for all pupils in the First, Second and Third Form (Years 7, 8 and 9). They learn about health related exercise, physical competency, motor & movement skill development, badminton, basketball, volleyball, athletics, tennis, swimming and short tennis. Pupils are also annually entered in the department's "Born to Win" competition which tests them in a battery of physical challenges that provide data highlighting areas of athletic strength together with areas for development.
The GCSE course provides an opportunity to study both the practical and theoretical aspects of Physical Education. It is also designed to foster enjoyment in physical activity. The knowledge gained enables pupils to develop an understanding of effective and safe physical performance.
The A Level includes topics such as applied anatomy and physiology, skill acquisition, sport and society, exercise physiology and biomechanics, and sport psychology and technology in sport. Practical performance in physical activity and sport is assessed by the pupils’ ability as a performer or coach in the full-sided version of one activity.
Pupils considering studying Physical Education at A Level need to be of a high performance or coaching level in their main sport.
The qualification enables progression to a PE degree or a degree that combines Sports Science, Management, Physiotherapy or IT in Sport. For some theoretical-based Sports Science degrees, pupils may also need a Science A Level.
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