What are the aims of the course?
To give students an understanding of the benefits of Physical Education and training on the body. To allow students to develop their social and communication skills and to engage students understanding so that they may continue to enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle after TGAR.
GCSE Physical Education will equip students with the knowledge, understanding, skills and values they need to be able to develop and maintain their performance in physical activities. Students will also gain understanding of how physical activities benefit health, fitness and well-being.
What assessments will I have to complete?
Students will complete one learning checkpoint and one common assessment in each sporting activity covered every half term. Written feedback will be provided with students receiving an achievement grade (GCSE 1-9) as well as strategies for improvement after each common assessment.
What is involved in the examination?
In BTEC Sport courses (Level 2 & 3) assessment is ongoing across the 2 year course. In both courses students will be required to sit a written exam at the end to complete their final unit. Formal assessments take place at the end of each year in the form of a written exam. All other assessments are practical either internally assessed, or assessed by a visiting examiner.
What topics will I study?
BTEC LEVEL 2 Sport
Unit 1: Fitness for sport and exercise
Unit 2: Practical sports performance
Unit 4: The sports performer in action
Unit 5: Training for personal fitness
Components of physical fitness
Components of skill-related fitness
Why fitness components are important for Successful participation in given sports
Exercise intensity and how it can be determined
The basic principles of training (FITT)
Additional principles of training
Fitness training methods
Requirements for administration of each fitness test and Interpretation of fitness test results.
Rules (or laws)
Roles and responsibilities of officials
Technical and Tactical demands
Effective use of skills and techniques and the correct application of each component
Short-term effects of exercise on the musculoskeletal system
Short-term effects of exercise on the cardiorespiratory system
Long-term adaptations of the musculoskeletal system
Long-term adaptations of the cardiorespiratory system
The anaerobic energy system
ATP-CP/alactic acid anaerobic system
Glycolysis/lactic acid anaerobic system
The aerobic energy system
The basic principles of training (FITT)
Exercise adherence factors and strategies for continued training success
GCSE Physical Education
Fitness and Body Systems
Topic 1: Applied anatomy and physiology
Topic 2: Movement analysis
Topic 3: Physical training
Topic 4: Use of data
Health and Performance
Topic 1: Health, fitness and well-being
Topic 2: Sport psychology
Topic 3: Socio-cultural influences
Topic 4: Use of data
Skills during individual and team activities
General performance skills
Personal Exercise Programme (PEP)
Aim and planning analysis
Carrying out and monitoring the PEP
Evaluation of the PEP
A LEVEL Physical Education
- Physiological factors affecting performance
Anatomy and physiology
Environmental effects on the body
Diet and nutrition
Injury prevention and rehab
Principles, levers and technology
Linea, angular, fluid and projectile motion
- Psychological and socio-cultural themes in physical education
Classification of skill
Types and methods of practice
Transfer of skills
Learning and movement skills
Stages of learning
- Sport psychology
Group and team dynamics
Confidence and self -efficacy
Leadership in sport
Sport and society
Emergence and evolution of modern sport
Global sporting events
Ethics and deviance
Commercialisation and media
Routes to sporting excellence
- Performance in physical education
EAPI (Evaluation and analysis of performance for improvement)
1 Practical performance
Btec Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport
4 units will be completed in total, two units in year 12 (unit 1 & 6) and the remaining two in year 13 (unit 2 & 3)
Unit 1 – Anatomy and physiology
- Skeletal system
- Muscular system
- Cardiovascular system
- Respiratory system
- Energy systems
Unit 2 – Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being
- Lifestyle choices on health and well-being
- Fitness principles and theory
- Nutrition and sports performance
- Screening and monitoring
- Evaluating and improving performance
- Fitness programming
Unit 3 – Professional Development in the Sports Industry
- Career opportunities in the sports industry
- Skills audit and action plan
- Recruitment in the sports industry
Unit 6 – Psychology of Sports Performance
- Anxiety and stress
- Group Dynamics
- Psychological skills training programme
What independent study will I have to undertake?
For GCSE courses students will be set homework each week as well as completing a ‘workbook’ in order to keep themselves informed on their progress across the unit. For BTEC courses, students will be expected to complete their own research on a range of topics which will be set each unit. This research will make up a large percentage of their final grade for the unit. For examination courses, students will be set homework each week on topics recently covered in lessons to consolidate and deepen their learning. In addition they are expected to revise for all Learning Checkpoints and Common Assessments. Students will also be offered revision sessions and interventions during exam periods to boost their subject knowledge and exam techniques. For core PE lessons students are encouraged to take part in our lunchtime and after school extra-curricular sports clubs to further develop their skill level and improve performance but also to inspire greater enthusiasm for sport as a whole.
What career opportunities could the course help to give me?
Students who do Physical Education course are often interested in the following professions: Sports Science, Medicine, Sport Studies, Teaching, Police, Armed Forces, Sports Management, sports journalism and Commentary, Physiotherapy, Coaching, sports rehab and sport therapy.