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    PE Faculty

    Wath Comprehensive School's Physical Education faculty recognises the important role that leading an active and healthy lifestyle has upon pupils' academic achievement and social and personal development. As a school, we aim to ensure that this provision continues from Y7 to Y13, with pupils then continuing their sporting lifestyle into adult life.

    Key Stage 5 – A Level

    Students may undertake an AS level, which is a stand-alone one year course, or a full A level lasting two years. The full A level builds upon the theoretical scientific knowledge learnt at KS4, of:

    • Anatomy, Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics (30%)
    • Skill Acquisition and Psychology of Sport (20%)
    • Socio - Cultural and Contemporary Issues in Sport (20%)

    How will I be assessed?

    The Theoretical examination makes up 70% of the assessment weighting, and the Practical and Coursework unit the remaining 30%.

    • A total of four hours assessment split over three examination papers (2x 1 hour and 1x 2 hour) taken at the end of the two year course. All students will sit two smaller AS papers at the end of Y12 in preparation / selection for continuation onto the full A level in Y13, but these do not count towards the full A level grade. The papers contain a wide range of question types, including single mark, short answer and extended response questions.
    • Non-Examination Assessment (NEA) which includes a practical performance or coaching ability in ONE chosen activity and an oral analysis on the evaluation and planning for the improvement of a live performance. This unit is internally assessed throughout the year with a final moderation in March.                                      

    Examples of activities that may be chosen for assessment at A level include:

    • Athletics
    • Aquatic (swimming, diving)
    • Dance (Contemporary, Ballet Ballroom etc)
    • Gymnastics (trampolining)
    • Exercise activities
    • Combat (boxing etc)
    • Games (eg football, rugby netball etc)
    • Students may have the option of undertaking an outdoor option (e.g. rock climbing)

    Where can A Level Physical Education take me?

    A Level Physical Education is an excellent base for a university degree in sports science, medicine, healthcare, sports science, sports management. Physical Education can also complement further study in biology, human biology, physics, psychology, nutrition, sociology and many more.

    A Level Physical Education can open up a range of career opportunities including: medicine, physiotherapy, sports scientist, armed forces, personal training or becoming one of the next generation of PE teachers. The transferable skills you learn through your study of Physical Education, such as decision making and independent thinking are also useful in any career path you choose to take.

    Outdoor and Adventure Activities

    As part of all our PE courses: GCSE, A Level and BTEC,  there are Outdoor and Adventure Activity elements/options.  These provide different but complementary challenges and experiences for students in an outdoor setting. We run two to three day courses based off-site, using local venues and the Peak District National Park.  Some examples of activities students can take part in are orienteering, climbing, abseiling, hillwalking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, wake-boarding, fly fishing and skiing. All activities are self-funding which means a charge is made but these are kept to a minimum. The majority of students enjoy and do well in these activities helping to raise their overall attainment levels whilst enjoying themselves in the process.

    BTEC National in Sport (New Specification Sept 2016)

    What you will study and how you are assessed

    You will have 2 options when selecting a BTEC National Sport course.

    • BTEC Extended Certificate in Sport - 4 units over 6 lessons a week (worth 1 A Level)
    • BTEC Foundation Diploma in Sport - 7 units over 12 lessons a week  (worth 1.5 A Levels)

    Both courses last for two years and are assessed by a combination of exam, synoptic question and coursework. There are three compulsory units which are assessed externally that both courses must cover:

    • Unit 1 – Anatomy and Physiology. Assessed by an exam at the end of Year 12
    • Unit 2 – Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being. Assessed through a synoptic question (using knowledge from the whole course) in exam conditions, based on a pre released case study.
    • Unit 3 – Professional Development in the Sports Industry. Assessed through coursework.

    Depending on the route you pick, you must then complete a range of the following units to make up the correct number for your course.

    • Unit 4 – Sports Leadership
    • Unit 5 – Application of Fitness Testing
    • Unit 7 – Practical Sports Performance
    • Unit 8 - Coaching for Performance
    • Unit 10 – Sports Event Organisation

    You will have to meet certain criteria in your written tasks to achieve a pass grade. (This is equivalent to grade E at A Level). If you are able to meet more difficult criteria, then you may achieve a merit grade (equivalent to grade C at A Level). If you are able to meet the most difficult criteria, then you may achieve a distinction grade (equivalent to grade A at A Level).

    Students can use the qualification gained in BTEC Sport to move into a career in the sports industry or to access higher education at University in a Sport course.

    Key Stage 4 - GCSE PE and BTEC First

    The Key Stage 4 curriculum is divided between two qualifications courses, GCSE PE and the BTEC FIRST in Sport. Each group is placed on a qualification course in Y9 and at the end of that year each student is then assessed and entered on to the appropriated course.


    The course builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills established in Key Stage 3 Physical Education. It will give you exciting opportunities to be involved in a number of different physical activities, promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. You can perform in one or all of the following roles: player/participant, leader or official. You should have an interest in physical education and sport, enjoy being active and appreciate the benefits of keeping fit and healthy. You will...

    • Develop your knowledge and practical skills in a range of physical activities.
    • Learn how to examine the effects of exercise and how training can improve performance
    • Find ways to improve your own performances in a variety of roles.
    • Identify ways to develop and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle through participation in physical activity.
    • Appreciate the benefits of promoting ‘sport for all’.

    Unit 1

    A 1 hour 30 minute examination counting towards 40% of the final mark.

    Unit 2 Section 1

    Four practical performances in the role of either player/participant, leader or official. You can achieve 48% of the marks from your four performances, two of which may be in the role of a leader or official.

    Unit 2 Section 2

    Analysis of performance in one of the chosen activities. This will be worth 12% of the marks and should include planning, performing and evaluating a Personal Exercise Programme.

    What Can I Do After The Course?

    As well as being the ideal preparation for the A Level Physical Education course, GCSE Physical Education allows for progression to related vocational qualifications, such as BTEC Firsts and Nationals in Sport or Sport and Exercise Sciences. The course develops the transferable skills and key skills that employers are looking for and can lead to a wide variety of employment opportunities. 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.

    BTEC FIRST in Sport

    The BTEC First Level 1 or Level 2 is a vocational course leading to an Award or a Certificate. A BTEC First in Sport Level 1 award is considered a Grade E. A BTEC First in Sport Level 2 Pass is considered a Grade C, Level 2 Merit a Grade B and a Level 2 Distinction a Grade A.

    The BTEC First in Sport will prepare you for the higher level study of BTEC National Level 3 qualification which can be studied in the Sixth Form.

    From Year 9 you will study...

    • Fitness for Sport & Exercise (Online exam)
    • Practical Sports Performance (Rules, regulations, scoring systems, roles, responsibilities)
    • Leading Sports Activities (Attributes, qualities, planning and leading a sports activity)
    • Training for Personal Fitness (Produce and evaluate a 6 week training programme)

    Extra-Curricular Opportunities

    At Wath Comprehensive School, we have a proud tradition of offering outstanding opportunities for all pupils to be engaged in extracurricular sport. All staff are committed to offering a significant amount of their time to ensure pupils have as wide a variety of opportunities as possible. These sports range from traditional sports such as rugby and netball to less well known activities such as triathlon, track cycling and Aussie rules football.

    In addition to providing opportunities for pupils, we have a large number of pupils who represent their county, region and even country in national competitions. Our most successful alumni include a professional footballer, professional rugby player, GB water polo Olympic captain, GB judo representatives, GB Tae Kwando representatives, and semi-professional boxers.