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      Physical Education and Dance

      PE and Dance are part of the Arts faculty.  The wide range of extra-curricular provision ensures that any student will find plenty of opportunities to enjoy and excel through participation or competition.

      Year 9

      You will have the opportunity to experience a wide variety of individual and team physical activities. Within these, you will extend your existing skills and fitness levels. New skills, techniques, tactics and learning strategies will be introduced. The key focus is that you enjoy taking part and understand the lifelong personal benefits of participation in physical activity

      Year 10 and 11

      All students will follow the two–year Core PE (incorporating a healthy active lifestyle) – non-accredited course, whilst in addition some will opt for either the GCSE PE or BTEC Performing Arts/Dance - accredited courses.


      Core PE (incorporating a healthy lifestyle)

      Exam Board/Syllabus


      Grade Equivalences


      Hours Taught (per cycle

      2 hours

      Assessment Route

      No coursework or exams

      This is a practically based non-accredited course.  You will have the opportunity to experience a wide variety of sports that are selected in line with the requirements at Key Stage 4.  This course will develop your personal fitness and practical skills, as well as build your experience in leadership and officiating roles. You will be expected to gain a more in-depth understanding of a range of activities so that you can participate to the best of your ability.

      Healthy lifestyle topics will be explored throughout the course to enable you to make informed and appropriate decisions in relation to your personal development and leading a healthy lifestyle. The PE department’s extra-curricular programme lends valuable support to this course.

      GCSE PE


      GCSE PE

      Exam Board/Syllabus

      Pearson Edexcel Syllabus 1PE01/02/03/04

      Grade Equivalences

      9 to 1

      Assessment Route

      Component 1: Fitness and body systems:                    Written Exam 1 hr 45 mins (36%)

      Component 2: Health and Performance:                         Written Exam 1hr 15mins (24%)

      Component 3: Practical Performance in: 3 practical activities including an individual and team activity (30%).

      Component 4: Personal Exercise Programme (10%)

      This is a theory and practically based accredited two-year course.  This is a course that will suit those students who have a strong academic level and high practical ability across a range of individual and team sports.


      The theory aspect of the course covers the following areas:

      Component 1: Fitness and Body Systems

      • Applied anatomy and physiology.

      • Movement analysis.

      • Physical training.

      Component 2: Health and Performance.

      • Health, fitness and well-being.

      • Sport psychology.

      • Socio-cultural influences.

      Component 3: Practical Performance:


      Practically, you must be competent in three sports, showing high levels of skill, fitness and application of tactics in all three.  You may select from a limited list of individual and team sports. As part of the practical element you are required to produce a significant piece of written coursework; a 6 week Personal Exercise Programme.


      BTEC First Award in Performing Arts (Dance)


      BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts   (Dance)

      Exam Board/Syllabus


      Grade Equivalences

      Level 1, Level 2 Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*

      Assessment Route

      On-Line Exam of 2 hours

      Practical Assessment



      This is a theory and practically based accredited two-year course.  This course is suitable for anyone with a keen interest and consistent experience in Dance.


      Learners will study the performance of Dance in a variety of styles and be assessed not only in their application of technical and expressive skills but also their ability to evaluate and improve their performance.  Learners’ confidence, discipline and commitment will also be assessed, so good self-management is a must for success on this course. Along with detailed study of the preparation, planning and performance process, learners will also develop knowledge of how to stage, costume and set performances.  Whilst the majority of this course is assessed through continuous internal assessment, there is also an externally assessed unit in which students will be examined in a written task and 2 practical solo performances.


      The course comprises of 3 units:

      • Individual showcase (written exam & 2 solo performances externally assessed 25%).

      • Preparation, performance and production (Coursework 25%).

      • Dance skills (Coursework 50%).

      Year 12 and 13


      GCE A Level Physical Education

      Exam Board/Syllabus

      OCR H554



      Course Entry Requirements

      In Addition To The School Sixth Form Entry Requirements

      GCSE Grade C in Science and a grade 4 English and a GCSE Grade B (or equivalent) in a PE related course.


      Assessment Route

      See below

      The A Level PE course is aimed at those students who have a strong interest in the theoretical study and practice of sport. Key areas related to sport performance are explored such as applied anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, skill acquisition, sport psychology, sport and society, and contemporary issues in sport.

      A proven record of achievement in practical sport and current club, district, county and above representation is a correlative factor of success in this qualification.

      This is a two year course.


      Component  1:

      Physiological factors affecting performance   [Theory]  


      Component  2:

      Psychological factors affecting performance   [Theory] 


      Component  3:

      Social-cultural issues in physical activity and sport   [Theory] 


      Component  4

      Practical performance          [Practical]


      Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement          

      [Practical/Written Coursework]                                           

      Assessment of Theory:

      Topic tests

      Unit tests

      End of Year 12 examination

      Mock examination (Year 13)


      Final written examinations (Year 13 – May/June)

      Two exams will be sat:

      Exam 1 - Component 1:  2 hours                         (30% of the qualification)

      Exam 2 - Component 2:  1 hour                           (15% of the qualification)

                      Component 3:  1 hour                           (15% of the qualification)


      Practical assessment:                                            (15% of the qualification)


      Coursework assessment:                                      (15% of the qualification)


      Learning strategies

      • Learning experiences relate to real-life experiences in PE and Sport

      • Commitment to improving performance during private study

      • Strong link maintained between physical activities and theoretical content

      • Learning experiences reflect objectives of acquiring, applying, evaluating and appreciating physical activity as it is related to the theoretical content

      • Decision making and role plays

      • Developing awareness of current affairs in sport

      • Homework including examination questions and research

      • Self-study using school resources

      • Actively engaged in enquiry into problems, issues and questions

      • Group discussions

      • Out of School visits, lectures and revision course


      BTEC Performing Arts (Dance)  Level 3 National Extended Certificate

      Exam Board/Syllabus




      Course Entry Requirements

      In Addition To The School Sixth Form Entry Requirements

      6 GCSE’s at Grade C/4

      Assessment Route

      See below



      The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts course is aimed at those students who have a strong interest in dance choreography and performance in a variety of styles. Students will also study the theoretical aspect of successful practitioners work.

      Compulsory units focus on:

      • Research, critical analysis and extended writing skills on the  knowledge of influential practitioners to inform their own work and practice

      • Development of the appropriate skills and techniques in various performance styles – performing live to an audience

      • Students will develop the essential psychomotor and effective skills essential for group dance performances. This includes physical techniques and wider transferable skills such as: working collaboratively, personal management, confidence in stage performance, problem solving, teamwork and communication

      Students are required to perform to an audience on a regular basis this enhances their confidence and expression in dance. Assessment is internal (50%) and external (50%) and students are required to perform in two showcase events with regular attendance to rehearsals during in and after school.

      Strengths in English would be an advantage, the theoretical aspect of this course includes independent completion of:

      • Digital reviews

      • Extended writing

      • Reports

      • Presentations

      • External exam (5 hours)

      • External exam (3 hours)

      Employers and professional bodies were consulted to confirm that this course content is appropriate and consistent with current practice for students who may choose to enter employment within the Performing Arts industry. 


      Unit 1 – Investigating Practitioners’ Work                 (Theory)     External Examination – 3 hours 25% or qualification


      Unit 2 – Developing Skills & Techniques for Live Performances   (Practical & Theory)     Internal Assessment - 25% of qualification


      Unit 3 – Group Performance Workshop   (Practical & Theory)       External Assessment 33% of qualification


      Unit 12 – Contemporary Dance Technique     (Practical & Theory)      Internal Assessment - 17% of qualification


      Learning strategies

      Learners will participate in range of dance workshops, seminars and lectures. Students will take responsibility for their own learning and achievement and will be expected to be available for some time out of normal school hours. Furthermore, learners will be expected to have a positive attitude to dance as they may work with external agencies and students lower down the school.

      It is recommended that students taking this course have experience of dancing one or more styles.