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PE & Dance :

Courses, Assessment and Examinations

Courses we offer

At Key Stage 3 students have 4 hours of PE per fortnight and are taught a range of sports in both mixed and single sex classes.  Girls study Netball, Hockey, Football, Rounders and Tennis with boys experiencing Football, Rugby, Hockey, Cricket and Tennis.  Mixed groups will be taught Badminton, Gymnastics, Dance, Health Related Fitness, Basketball and Athletics.  In this Key Stage students are encouraged to take an active role, which could be performing, officiating, evaluating or leading.

At Key Stage 4 students experience a wider variety of activities, which they choose based on preference as they move into Year 11.  Additional activities include Sports Centre Fitness, Volleyball, Dodgeball, Lacrosse, Girls Rugby, Softball, Trampolining, Tri-Golf, Spinning and Boxercise.  Our aim in Key Stage 4 is to promote life-long participation in physical activity and this is represented by student’s choice and the range of activities available.  

At Key Stage 4 we offer GCSEs in both Physical Education and Dance.

At Key Stage 5 all students can still be involved in recreational physical activity through their specialist hour once a week.

At Key Stage 5 A level Physical Education, A Level Dance and BTEC Sport Level 3 are available for students to study as well as numerous leadership opportunities.

Exam Specifications

Exam board:

GCSE Edexcel

Brief outline of content:

The course builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills established in Key Stage 3 Physical Education.  It will give exciting opportunities to be involved in a number of different physical activities, promoting an active and healthy lifestyle.

The theory of Physical Education is both detailed and challenging, and makes up a large part of this course. A strength in Science and extended writing skills will be an advantage.

Theory topics include:

Reasons for & Influences on participation in physical activity, Safety & Injury, Health & Fitness, Short & Long term effects of exercise on Body Systems, Biomechanics, Drugs in Sport, Sports Ethics, Commercialism in Sport, Sport Psychology to name a few.

Practical:

Students are taught how to demonstrate core skills and apply these in a competitive situations in a variety of sports. Assessment is as a player/participant in three activities. An interest in PE and sport, enjoy being active and appreciate the benefits of keeping fit and healthy, is essential for students on this course

Assessment:                                                                     

The GCSE course is assessed over 4 components:                     

Component 1 – 36% of the final qualification

Written examination for 1 hour and 45 minutes, including content from applied anatomy and physiology, movement analysis, physical training and use of data.

Component 2 – 24% of the final qualification

Written examination for 1 hour and 15 minutes, including content from health, fitness and well-being, sport psychology, socio-cultural influences, and use of data.

Component 3 – Practical performance, 30% of the final qualification

The assessment consists of students completing three physical activities from a set list. One must be team activity, one must be an individual activity and the final is a free choice from either.

Component 4 – Person exercise programme (PEP), 10% of the final qualification

Written coursework whereby students plan, carrying out and evaluate an exercise that they have devised.

GCSE PE Practical Assessment Guide

Revision guides/useful resources:

Smart cards from www.smartpe.co.uk

Edexcel Revision Guide Text Book

Past papers, revision booklets and mark schemes on PE area of school network and the exam board website www.edexcel.org   

What can I do after I have completed the course?

GCSE PE develops the transferable skills and key skills that employers are looking for and can lead to a wide variety of employment opportunities both in sport and also in non-sport related careers.

This can include further training in areas such as recreational management, leisure activities, coaching, officiating, the fitness industry and as well as medicine, business, ICT, law, the Civil Service, the armed forces, journalism etc.  Both courses are recognised by all colleges, universities (including Russell Group) & employers.  They also provide a good foundation for further study in qualifications such as BTEC Nationals in Sport & Exercise Sciences and A- Level Physical Education.

 

DANCE 

Exam board

GCSE AQA

Brief outline of content:

Over the two years students will focus on the aesthetic and artistic qualities of dance. They will study different choreographic styles and learn how dance movement can be used as a medium for expression and communication in performance. Students will build a dance vocabulary, develop at least two dance styles and gain knowledge of the physical demands of this practical subject. Alongside this they will develop an appreciation of professional dance repertoire. Students will visit the theatre, take part in workshops, visit dance schools and colleges as well as become fully immersed in all the dance opportunities within school.

Course content

Component 1: Performance and choreography (Practical component -60% of course)

What is assessed?

Performance (30%)

  • Set phrases through solo performance
  • Duet/ trio performance

Choreography (30%)

  • Solo or group choreography

Component 2 : Dance appreciation (Theory component – 40% of the course)

Written examination 1 hour and 30 minutes

The practical assessment will require students to perform under exam conditions and their work will be recorded and sent to an external examiner. The choreography part of the practical requires students to respond to an externally set task. They may choreograph a group or solo piece based on this.

The written paper at the end of the course is broken into 3 sections; section A requires answers on performance skills, choreographic processes and hypothetical dance scenarios. Section B requires reflection on their own practice and choreography throughout the course. Section C requires answers from 8 professional works in their dance anthology.

What can I do after I have completed the course?

GCSE Dance develops the fundamental skills and key skills that employers are looking for and can lead to a wide variety of employment opportunities both in Dance and also in non-Dance related careers.

This can include further training in Dance at universities or at specialist Dance schools. It can lead pupils into careers in, leisure activities, teaching the fitness industry and as well as business, journalism etc.  Both GCSE and A level Dance courses are recognised by all colleges, universities (including Russell Group) & employers.  We have had a number of previous Dance students go on to study Dance at prestigious Dance schools as well as studying a range of other subjects at University such as English, Psychology, History and many more.

 

Key Stage 5

A-Level PE

Exam board

AQA

Brief outline of content:

The specification in Sport and Physical Education stipulates a course of study that expands on many of the concepts already encountered at Key Stage 4 and it is a 2 year course.  It provides a natural progression for candidates who have studied GCSE Physical Education, as well as a transition for those intending to study related courses at a Higher Education level.  It also provides a balanced and broad based course, worthwhile in its own right.

The topic areas are as follows:

Paper 1 – Written exam – 2 hours – 105 marks – 35% of A level

Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport 

  • Section A – Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Section B – Skill acquisition
  • Section C – Sport and society

 Paper 2 – Written exam – 2 hours – 105 marks – 35% of A level

Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport  

  • Section A – Exercise physiology and biomechanics
  • Section B – Sport psychology
  • Section C – Sport and society and technology in sport

Non-exam assessment – internal assessment and external moderation – 90 marks – 30% of A level

Practical performance in physical activity and sport 

  • Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity
  • Written/verbal analysis of performance

It is not essential to have taken GCSE Physical Education, but a grade B or above in science-based subjects is necessary.

Overall, a genuine interest and enthusiasm for the world of sport both in practice and theory would be an essential requirement.

 

A level Dance

Exam Board

AQA

2015 Results - 100% A*-B

2016 Results – 100% A*-B

2017 Results 100% A*-C

Brief outline of content:

The Dance course is designed to extend students’ knowledge and understanding of a variety of Dance genres using the medium of both practical and theoretical work. It is suitable for students who have a genuine interest and passion for Dance, and will enhance opportunities available for those who wish to pursue a career, or undertake further study, in Dance or the Performing Arts. Aside from improving dance technique the course provides the opportunity for students to explore a range of skills to prepare pupils for work or university. Pupils will learn how to be independent learners, develop leadership skills, work collaboratively with peers, as well as gaining confidence in front of an audience.

GCSE Dance is not a course requirement. For those who have undertaken the GCSE course, a grade C or above is necessary. However, it is essential that students have experience of dancing beyond lesson time.

AQA A Level Specification

Course Components: 50 % theory 50% practical

Component 1:

Performance and choreography (Practical examination)

·         Solo performance (20 marks)

·         Performance in a quartet (20 marks)

·         Group choreography (40 marks)

Component 2:

Critical engagement (Theory examination)

Written examination split into two sections, section A: short answer questions and one essay, section B: two essay questions

2 hours 30 minutes 

 

BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Sport
(Development, Coaching and Fitness)

This is a vocational course designed for students who are considering a career in Sport or in the Leisure Industry.  Although your practical ability will not be assessed as part of the course, many units are taught through practical activities to support the learning of theoretical content.  Theoretical units aim to support and develop a greater understanding of this practical work. 

 Compulsory Units:

  1. Principles of anatomy and physiology in sport
  2. The physiology of fitness
  3. Assessing risk in sport
  4. Fitness training and programming
  5. Sports coaching
  6. Sports development
  7. Fitness testing for Sport and exercise
  8. Practical team Sports *
  9. Practical individual Sports *

*1 out of the 2 Students select a further 4 units for study from a wide variety of options including:

Optional Units:

  1. Sports nutrition
  2. Organising sports events
  3. Sports injuries
  4. Psychology for sports performance
  5. Instructing physical activity and exercise
  6. Rules, regulations and officiating in sport
  7. Sport as a business

The BTEC Certificate in Sport is equivalent to 2 A Levels.  Therefore, students can study up to a further 2 A levels to ensure a breadth of qualifications can be achieved.

It is not essential to have taken GCSE Physical Education to follow this course, but the Sixth Form entry requirement of 5 A*-C grades must be achieved to be accepted on this course. Overall, a genuine interest and enthusiasm for the world of Sport & Leisure is essential.