The Physical Education Department
Key Stage 3
At key stage 3 students experience a wide range of sports and activities, learning key skills in individual and team sports. All boys and girls study Gym and Dance and learn how to put together a creative sequence in a disciplined manner. They study team games and learn how to encourage each other to produce effective performances and they also start to analyse their partner’s performance. Students are encouraged to develop their talents further via extra-curricular teams who play in both the local leagues and Kent Cup competitions.
Students are assessed across a range of core concepts including their technical ability, knowledge, leadership, fitness, decision making, sporting mind set and character.
Key Stage 4
The Department teaches GCSE Physical Education via the Edexcel Board.
The GCSE in Physical Education combines theoretical and practical aspects of the subject to provide students with an engaging and challenging curriculum. Students will typically complete 2 lessons a fortnight as practical and two as theory lessons. Practical activities vary depending on the strengths of each cohort, but include indoor climbing and athletics for all students.
The 2016 specification has shown a shift towards theoretical aspects, hence our rebranding as Sport Science for all exam groups taking PE. Students are assessed on their theory knowledge on two examinations (60%) and their practical performance (40%).
The course is assessed across four components. Components 1 and 2 are theoretical (60%) and components 3 and 4 are practically based (40%).
Component 1 – Fitness and Body Systems – 1 hour and 45 minutes (36% of qualification)
Component 2 – Health and Performance – 1 hour and 15 minutes (24% of qualification.
Component 3 – Practical Performance – 3 sports marked out of 35 (30% of qualification)
Component 4 – Personal Exercise Plan – 8 week exercise plan (10% of qualification)
Key Stage 5
BTEC Sport Extended Certificate
Introduction to the main areas of study
As part of the course the pupils will study FOUR different sports related units:
Unit 1: Anatomy & Physiology
Unit 2: Fitness Training
Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry
Unit 5: Application of Fitness Testing
Students will be expected to show a strong interest in sport and the sports industries. Students need to be well organized and have the ability to work independently.
Aims of the course
This course perfectly suits students that have an interest in the sports industry and/or sports science, as well as a motivation to improve their own level of fitness.
As it is worth 1 A-level equivalent, it would be an ideal course for a student who wishes to study Sport Science at university or go on to work in the sport industry.
Examination / Assessment structure
Unit 1 is worth 1/3 of the course and is assessed in the form of a 1 hour 30 minute external written examination. Unit 2 is also worth 1/3 of the course and is an externally set 2.5 hour task in relation to a pre-released scenario. Unit 3 is worth 1/6 of the course and is comprised of four internally assessed written assignments. Unit 5 is also worth 1/6 of the course and is comprised of three internally assessed written assignments.
BTEC Sport gives you the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification to enter employment in the sports sector or to progress into higher education.
- Sixth Form
- Fitness Instructor
- Leisure and Sports Manager
- FE Teaching Professional
- Secondary Education Teaching Professionals
- Youth and Community Worker
- Sports Player
- Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials
- Vocational and Industrial Trainers and Instructors
- Sports and Leisure Assistant
Port Extended Certificate
Beyond the Curriculum
The Department runs many extra-curricular clubs for older and younger students, together with support sessions for all key stages at various times during the year. The Department runs Inter-House competitions in both the Winter and Summer. Sports day is a whole school event with Years 7-12 taking part. Individual students are encouraged to take part in District and County Trials and to represent the District and County in a wide range of sporting activities if their talent demands this.