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PE & Dance :

Courses, Assessment and Examinations

Courses we offer

At Key Stage 3 students have 4 hours of PE per fortnight and are taught a range of sports in both mixed and single sex classes.  Girls study Netball, Hockey, Football, Rounders and Tennis with boys experiencing Football, Rugby, Hockey, Cricket and Tennis.  Mixed groups will be taught Badminton, Gymnastics, Dance, Health Related Fitness, Basketball and Athletics.  In this Key Stage students are encouraged to take an active role, which could be performing, officiating, evaluating or leading.

At Key Stage 4 students experience a wider variety of activities, which they choose based on preference as they move into Year 11.  Additional activities include Sports Centre Fitness, Volleyball, Dodgeball, Lacrosse, Girls Rugby, Softball, Trampolining, Tri-Golf, Spinning and Boxercise.  Our aim in Key Stage 4 is to promote life-long participation in physical activity and this is represented by student’s choice and the range of activities available.  

At Key Stage 4 we offer G.C.S.Es in both  Physical Education and Dance.

Results are excellent: 94% A*-C GCSE PE

At Key Stage 5 all students can still be involved in physical activity through their specialist hour once a week. Students have the choice of recreational PE, Dance, Leadership or getting involved in some of our very successful senior teams for rugby, football, netball, hockey & athletics        

At Key Stage 5 A level Physical Education, A Level Dance and BTEC Sport Level 3 are available for students to study as well as numerous leadership opportunities and coaching qualifications including Sports Leaders Awards, and Level One Athletics , Rounders & Badminton Officiating Awards

Results are excellent: 100%A*-B for A Level PE, and Double Distinction being the average grade achieved in BTEC Sport


Exam Specifications

KEY STAGE 4

GCSE PE          (YEAR 11 COURSE)                    

Exam board: Edexcel (Linear course)

Brief outline of content:

Theory: Reasons for & Influences on participation in physical activity, Initiatives to increase participation in physical activity & sport, Health & Fitness, Short & Long term effects of exercise on Body Systems, Drugs in Sport, Safety & Injury.
Practical: students are taught how to demonstrate & apply skills in competitive situations in a variety of sports including Badminton, Trampolining, Fitness, Netball, Rugby, Football, Rounders, Athletics, Personal Survival (students can also be assessed by their PE teacher in additional sports outside of school)

Assessment:
40% theory assessed by 90minute written exam May Year 11
48% Practical (controlled assessment) assessed in 4 sports during a 4 day practical exam March Year 11
12% Analysis of Performance Plan, perform & write up a Personal Exercise Plan (controlled assessment, completed in GCSE PE lessons January to Easter Year 10) Oral exam supported by written classwork (controlled assessment, completed in GCSE PE lessons September to February in Year 11)

Revision guides:

Edexcel Revision Guide Text Book

MyPE Exam – students have a personal login to access resources such as videos, exam questions, progress checks etc to help with both revision and research

Past papers, revision booklets and mark schemes on PE area of school network and the exam board website www.edexcel.org   

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/physical-education-2009.html

 

GCSE PE          (YEAR 10 COURSE)                    

Exam board: Edexcel (Linear course)

Brief outline of content:

The course builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills established in Key Stage 3 Physical Education.  It will give exciting opportunities to be involved in a number of different physical activities, promoting an active and healthy lifestyle.

 

The theory of Physical Education is both detailed and challenging, and makes up a large part of this course. A strength in Science and extended writing skills will be an advantage.

Theory topics include:

Reasons for & Influences on participation in physical activity, Safety & Injury, Health & Fitness, Short & Long term effects of exercise on Body Systems, Biomechanics, Drugs in Sport, Sports Ethics, Commercialism in Sport, Sport Psychology.

Practical:

Students are taught how to demonstrate core skills and apply these in a competitive situation in a variety of sports Assessment is as a player/participant in three activities. An interest in PE and sport, enjoy being active and appreciate the benefits of keeping fit and healthy, is essential for students on this course

 

Assessment:                                                                     

The GCSE course is assessed over 2 units:                     

Unit 1 Theory   (70%)                                                  

This is externally assessed through two written examination papers of 1 hour and 45 minutes and 1 hour and 15 minutes                                                                        

Unit 2a Practical   (20%)                                              

Three practical performances in the role of a player/participant, assessed across 4 days of practical exams in March Year 11                                                                       

Unit 2b Personal Exercise Programme    (10%)           

Plan, perform and evaluate your own personal fitness training programme

 (completed in GCSE PE lessons and homework time January to Easter Year 10)

Revision guides:

Edexcel Revision Guide Text Book

MyPE Exam – students have a personal login to access resources such as videos, exam questions, progress checks etc to help with both revision and research

Past papers, revision booklets and mark schemes on PE area of school network and the exam board website www.edexcel.org   

 

What can I do after I have completed the course?

GCSE PE develops the transferable skills and key skills that employers are looking for and can lead to a wide variety of employment opportunities both in sport and also in non-sport related careers.

This can include further training in areas such as recreational management, leisure activities, coaching, officiating, the fitness industry and as well as medicine, business, ICT, law, the Civil Service, the armed forces, journalism etc.  Both courses are recognised by all colleges, universities (including Russell Group) & employers.  They also provide a good foundation for further study in qualifications such as BTEC Nationals in Sport & Exercise Sciences and A- Level Physical Education.

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/physical-education-2016.html

                             

GCSE  DANCE                                     Exam BOARD: AQA

Course Content

Over the two years students will focus on the aesthetic and artistic qualities of dance. They will study different choreographic styles and learn how dance movement can be used as a medium for expression and communication in performance. Students will build a dance vocabulary, develop at least two dance styles and gain knowledge of the physical demands of this practical subject. Alongside this they will cultivate an appreciation of professional dance repertoire. Students will visit the theatre, then discuss and analyse the dance work productions they see.

This course will seek to improve the students‟ creativity, self-confidence, body awareness, concentration, self-discipline and communication skills.

Practical – 60%

Theory – 40%

 

There is one written paper at the end of the course broken into 3 sections; section A requires answers on performance skills, choreographic processes and hypothetical dance scenarios. Section B requires reflection on their own practice and choreography throughout the course. Section C requires answers from 8 professional works in their dance anthology.

 

Students also take part in a practical examination.  They are assessed in both performance and choreography.  The performance components are a solo demonstration of set phrases and duet or trio.

 

The choreography requires students to respond to an externally set task. They may choreograph a group or solo piece based on this.

 

KEY STAGE 5

AQA A-Level PE

The specification in Sport and Physical Education stipulates a course of study that expands on many of the concepts already encountered at Key Stage 4.  It provides a natural progression for candidates who have studied GCSE Physical Education, as well as a transition for those intending to study related courses at a Higher Education level.  It also provides a balanced and broad based course, worthwhile in its own right.

The topic areas are as follows:

Paper 1 – Written exam – 2 hours – 105 marks – 35% of A level

Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport 

  • Section A – Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Section B – Skill acquisition
  • Section C – Sport and society

 Paper 2 – Written exam – 2 hours – 105 marks – 35% of A level

Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport  

  • Section A – Exercise physiology and biomechanics
  • Section B – Sport psychology
  • Section C – Sport and society and technology in sport

Non-exam assessment – internal assessment and external moderation – 90 marks – 30% of A level

Practical performance in physical activity and sport 

  • Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity
  • Written/verbal analysis of performance

It is not essential to have taken GCSE Physical Education, but a grade B or above in science-based subjects is necessary.

Overall, a genuine interest and enthusiasm for the world of sport both in practice and theory would be an essential requirement.

 

Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and A Level (A2)

PE

 

BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Sport
(Development, Coaching and Fitness)
Exam Results 2014:

100% Merit or Distinction, Average grade achieved Double Distinction

This is a vocational course designed for students who are considering a career in Sport or in the Leisure Industry.  It is largely practically based.  Theoretical units aim to support and develop a greater understanding of this practical work. 

 Compulsory Units:

  1. Principles of anatomy and physiology in sport
  2. The physiology of fitness
  3. Assessing risk in sport
  4. Fitness training and programming
  5. Sports coaching
  6. Sports development
  7. Fitness testing for Sport and exercise
  8. Practical team Sports *
  9. Practical individual Sports *

*1 out of the 2

Students select a further 4 units for study from a wide variety of options including:

Optional Units:

  1. Sports nutrition
  2. Organising sports events
  3. Sports injuries
  4. Psychology for sports performance
  5. Instructing physical activity and exercise
  6. Rules, regulations and officiating in sport
  7. Sport as a business

The BTEC Certificate in Sport is equivalent to 2 A Levels.  Therefore, students can study up to a further 2 A levels to ensure a breadth of qualifications can be achieved.

It is not essential to have taken GCSE Physical Education to follow this course, but the Sixth Form entry requirement of 5 A*-C grades must be achieved to be accepted on this course. Overall, a genuine interest and enthusiasm for the world of Sport & Leisure is essential.        

AS & A level Dance             Exam Board AQA

2015 Results - 100% A*-B

This course is designed to extend students’ knowledge and understanding of a variety of Dance genres using the medium of both practical and theoretical work. It is suitable for students who have a genuine interest and passion for Dance, and will enhance opportunities available for those who wish to pursue a career, or undertake further study, in Dance or the Performing Arts.

GCSE Dance is not a course requirement. For those who have undertaken the GCSE course, a grade C or above is necessary. However, it is essential that students have experience of dancing beyond lesson time.

 

AQA A Level Specification

Course Components: 50 % theory 50% practical

A Level

Component 1

Performance and choreography

A2

-Solo performance (20 marks)

- Performance in a quartet (20 marks)

- Group choreography (40 marks)

Practical exam

2-3 minutes for the 3 pieces

Component 2

Critical engagement

A2

Theory exam (100 marks)

2 hours 30 minutes

What can I do after I have completed these courses?

All of these courses develop the transferable skills and key skills that employers are looking for and can lead to a wide variety of employment opportunities both in sport and also in non-sport related careers.

This can include further training in areas such as recreational management, leisure activities, coaching, officiating, the fitness industry, the armed forces and the Civil Service as well as medicine, business etc. Both courses are recognised by all colleges, universities (including Russell Group) & employers. They also provide a good foundation for further study in qualifications such as BTEC Nationals in Sport & Exercise Sciences, and A-Level Physical Education as well as nearly all degree courses.