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    PE Faculty

    Wath Academy'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 can undertake an A level in Physical Education. The breakdown of the course is as follows.

    • Anatomy, Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics (30%)
    • Skill Acquisition and Psychology of Sport (20%)
    • Socio - Cultural and Contemporary Issues in Sport (20%)
    • Practical Performance (15%)
    • Oral Analysis of Performance (15%)

    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.  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 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 of the 2nd year of the course.                                      

    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.

    Key Stage 3 Physical Education

    As students join us for the first time in Year 7 we want to give a broad and balanced PE experience. This means we complete 11 different activities in year 7, allowing all students to find their best fit activity. Extra-curricular activities lead on from these sports to enable students to further develop their skills in Football, Rugby, Netball, Hockey, Basketball, Gymnastics, Dance and Fitness. We want students to become fitter and have the knowledge to stay fit for the rest of their lives. This means we always do 2 fitness based blocks across year 7 and 8. We also build up leadership experience through specific blocks of work that allow students to become comfortable leading each other and eventually primary students later in their Wath Sport Careers.

    In Year 8 students repeat many activities to develop and refine existing skills further, but are also challenged with flight in gymnastics, more advanced tactics in games activities and also team building to ensure Wath students have the ability to pull together with team mates in the most stressful of situations. The skills and knowledge learnt across year 7 and 8 will help students move into year 9 with the necessary skills to be successful in either BTEC Sport or GCSE PE

    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 National Extended Certificate in Sport - 4 units over 5 lessons a week (worth 1 A Level)
    • BTEC National Diploma in Sport - 9 units over 10 lessons a week  (worth 2 A Levels)

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

    BTEC National Extended Certificate in Sport (1 A level)

    • 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. Unit 4 – Sports Leadership
    • Unit 4 – Sports Leadership

    BTEC National Diploma in Sport  (worth 2 A Levels)

    • Unit 5 – Application of Fitness Testing
    • Unit 7 – Practical Sports Performance
    • Unit 8 - Coaching for Performance
    • Unit 22 – Investigating sport and business
    • Unit 23 – Skill Acquisition in Sport

    You will have to meet certain criteria in your written examination tasks to achieve a pass grade.

    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 Award in Sport. Each group is placed on a qualification course in Y9 depending on the students areas of strength, as the 2 courses do have different characteristics.


    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 must perform as a player / participant across 3 different sports. 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’.

    Component 1 – Fitness and Body Systems

    A 1 hour 45 minute examination counting towards 36% of the final mark. Topics include the Skeleton, Muscles, Cardiovascular system, Drugs, Levers and Fitness Tests.

    Component 2 – Health and Performance

    A 1 hour and 15 minute examination counting towards 24% of the final grade. Topics include Reasons for participation, Diet, Health and wellbeing among others.

    Component 3 – Practical Performance

    Worth 30% across 3 different sports. You can choose from a range of individual and team sports, but must pick at least 1 sport from both categories.

    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 Award in Sport

    The BTEC First Level 1/2 is a vocational course leading to a qualification equivalent to 1 GCSE.

    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 4 different units over the 3 year course

    • 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)

    Students have been extremely successful over a number of years completing this qualification.

    Extra-Curricular Opportunities

    At Wath Academy, 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, diving and Gaelic 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 several professional footballers, professional rugby players, GB water polo Olympic captain, GB judo representatives, GB Tae Kwando representatives, and semi-professional boxers.