Physical Education is an increasingly popular subject choice at Gresham’s. The PE department has been recently restructured and has grown to six members of staff in the last two years. The department strives to create an environment which inspires, challenges and raises academic aspirations through a combination of academic study and physical performance.
In Year 9, pupils at Gresham’s participate in a 6 week practical PE carousel (5 lessons per fortnight) that includes the following:
- Swimming lessons (1 per week)
- Fitness (with access to the new Performance Gym and the Strength and Conditioning Coaches)
- Indoor hockey
Although the carousel focuses primarily on practical performance, key terminology and concepts from the GCSE PE specification are used throughout the carousel to help prepare those students who opt for GCSE PE in Year 10.
GCSE Physical Education – OCR
The GCSE course we offer is the OCR specification. The course is divided into the following components:
- Physical factors affecting performance (applied anatomy and physiology and physical training). Assessed by a 1 hour written paper worth 30% of the total GCSE.
- Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology (socio-cultural influences, sports psychology and health, fitness and well-being. Assessed by a 1 hour written paper worth 30% of the total GCSE.
- Practical performances (3 activities from an approved list). Non-exam assessment (NEA), 30% of total GCSE.
- Analysis and Evaluation of Performance. Non-exam assessment (NEA), 10% of total GCSE.
A Level Physical Education – OCR
The A Level course we offer is the OCR specification. The course is divided into the following components:
- Physiological factors affecting performance (applied anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology and biomechanics). Assessed by a 2 hour written paper worth 30% of the total A Level.
- Psychological factors affecting performance (skill acquisition and sports psychology). Assessed by a 1 hour written paper worth 20% of the total A Level.
- Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport (sport and society and contemporary issues in physical activity and sport). Assessed by a 1 hour written paper worth 20% of the total A Level.
- Practical Performances (performance in one activity or coaching in one activity). Non-exam assessment (NEA), 15% of total A Level.
- Evaluation and Analysing Performance for Improvement. Non-exam assessment (NEA), 15% of total A Level.
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport – Edexcel
The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport is intended to be an Applied qualification for post-16 learners wanting to continue their education through applied learning, and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the sports sector. The qualification is equivalent in size to two A Levels and has been designed as a two-year programme when studied alongside further Level 3 qualifications.
The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. Employers and professional bodies have also been involved and consulted to confirm that the content is appropriate and consistent with current practice for learners who may choose to enter employment directly in the sport sector.
The mandatory content allows students to concentrate on the development of their practical skills and the broad knowledge required for entrance into higher education programmes in sport.
Learners will study six mandatory units:
- Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology
- Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being
- Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry
- Unit 4: Sports Leadership
- Unit 22: Investigating Business in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry
- Unit 23: Skill Acquisition in Sport.
Learners choose three units from a range of optional units that have been designed to support progression to a variety of sport courses in higher education and to link with relevant occupational areas. This allows learners either to choose a specific specialist area in which they wish to develop their skill, or continue on a broad programme.