Physical Education is the practical and theoretical development of knowledge, skills and techniques. Last year BTEC Sport achieved 100% pass rate, with almost 50% of students receiving a Distinction*.
Career opportunities from studying Physical Education:
- Sports coach
- Professional sportsperson
Key Stage 3 (Yr. 7, 8 & 9)
At Key Stage 3 all students enjoy a vast range of sporting activities. A selection of these include football, netball, basketball, badminton, dance, gymnastics, trampolining, rounders, fitness, athletics and cricket.
In years 7 and 8 the focus is towards learning and building on fundamental skills e.g. throwing and kicking. Once these have been accomplished it then becomes about refining those skills learnt through the development of technique. Whilst the practical element is important, learning and the understanding of these skills are enhanced by developing knowledge of techniques, tactics, positioning and rules.
In year 9 the knowledge and skills learnt are continued and enhanced. These elements are then utilised in other areas such as leadership opportunities and analysis of performance. This progression in experience and knowledge enables us to prepare students for further education in Physical Education through the BTEC Sport course.
Key Stage 4 (Yr. 10 & 11)
Students continue to receive core PE lessons during Key Stage 4. These are used for the same purpose as lessons in year 9 with the added benefit of allowing option students to pursue their chosen sports in more depth.
Level 2 BTEC Sport First Award is delivered to students who wish to gain a qualification in Physical Education. The course is made up of 4 units:
Unit 1 (Exam)
This exam focuses on fitness. Topics include components, principles, methods and tests.
Unit 2 (Coursework)
Students are required to discuss rules, regulations and scoring systems of 2 sports along with analysing their own performance in the chosen sports.
Unit 5 (Coursework)
This unit focuses on fitness training and the development and completion of a fitness training programme.
Unit 6 (Coursework)
This unit is based around the premise of sports leaders and requires students to successfully plan, deliver and review a sports session.
The department is well resourced with an equipped gymnasium, a large hard court area and an extensive playing field. In addition we have a rubber floored performance room for dance and a BTEC Sport IT suite used for the completion of coursework. The Hatfield Leisure Centre can also be used exclusively by the department for pupils during the school day if required.