Physical Education & Sport

Curriculum Intent

‘Maximising Participation and Developing Excellent’

At Blenheim High School, we believe that Physical Education and school sport contributes to the totality of the educational experience of students. Physical, personal, social, moral, spiritually, culturally and emotional development are enhanced by the movement experiences that make up our broad and balanced Physical Education curriculum. Physical Education provides a range of experiences that form the basis for lifelong sporting and recreational activity which inspires all students to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. 

Physical Education at Blenheim offers a wide range of team and individual activities through which the department aims to develop a positive attitude towards participation and a high level of performance. They are encouraged to compete and co-operate with each other, understand and appreciate their own performances and those of others and to respond and interact appropriately when participating in various roles.

Facilities

  • Sports Hall with indoor Cricket nets.
  • Dance studio.
  • Floodlit astro-turf all weather pitch.
  • Five outdoor Tennis courts.
  • Four outdoor Netball courts.
  • Three grass pitches with adjacent training areas.

Extra-curricular Sports Clubs

At Blenheim we have a wide range of extra-curricular sports clubs that take place in the mornings and after-school. All students are welcome to attend as many clubs as they like. Students' commitment and positive attitude to these clubs are rewarded each year through our ‘Sports Colours’ assemblies where students can achieve certificates, badges, polo shirts and a special sports tie.

We have a comprehensive fixtures list in many different sports and compete in district, county and national level competitions. We also have students who compete at both county and national level in sports such as Football, Cricket, Netball, Speed Skating, Swimming, Cheerleading, Go karting and Wakeboarding.

For a weekly guide to what clubs and other events are on offer, as well as the results of match fixtures, please refer to our Sports Bulletin. 

A level Physical Education

Course Details

The course is split into four separate components:

Component 1 (40%), is concerned with three distinct theoretical units of Applied Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise Physiology and Applied Movement Analysis.

Component 2 (30%), is concerned with a further three theoretical units of Skill Acquisition, Sports Psychology and Sport and Society.

Component 3 (15%), tests the practical performance and skills of the student as a player or coach.

Component 4 (15%), is a classroom based coursework which includes a performance analysis of students in their sport and personal development programme aimed at improving students’ ability in their sport.

Link to course specification

Assessment

Exam (2.5 hrs)

 Scientific Principles of Physical Education

40% of the

qualification

Exam (2hrs)

Psychological and Social Principles of Physical Education

30% of the

qualification

Practical 

Assessment

Practical Performance

15% of the

qualification

Practical

Assessment

Performance Analysis and Performance Development Programme

15% of the

qualification


 

Enrichment opportunities

As well as the potential to assist with Sixth Form sports teams and House events, students have the opportunity to assist with the development of lower school sport by assisting teachers in lessons or with extra-curricular sport

Student Voice

"PE is a subject not to be taken lightly as there is a lot of varied content in the course such as physiology, psychology, technology and history but this makes it interesting!"

“Studying PE has taught me so much I didn’t previously know about the human body and mind, and how they both work.”

Progression

Studying Physical Education at A level prepares students for a multitude of courses at university and for moving into the world of work. Throughout the course students develop highly transferable skills such as decision making, problem solving, communication skills and familiarity with both quantitative and qualitative data. If students are considering university, the course’s blend of scientific knowledge allows them to access many scientific degrees either with or without a sporting focus.

Courses could include biology, sports science, sports psychology, sports technology, leisure, teaching and sports coaching amongst others and could lead to careers in those areas. Outside of university the course aids students in a wide range of careers including working in the public sector or sporting organisations, leisure management, charities, sports development or sports coaching. 

 

BTEC Sport

Course Details

BTEC qualifications embody a learner-centred approach to the curriculum, with a flexible, unit-based structure and knowledge applied in project-based assessments. They focus on the holistic development of the practical, interpersonal and thinking skills required to succeed in employment and higher education.

The BTEC level 3 Extended National Certificate in Sport offers a broad basis of study for the sport sector. This qualification is designed to support progression to higher education when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.  It will also support a pathway into the sports industry. 

The course is split into four different units, two of which are completed in year 12 and two in year 13.

Year 12

Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology 
Unit 4: Sports Leadership 

Year 13 

Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Wellbeing 
Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry

Assessment

Exam board - Edexcel

Students study units including anatomy and physiology, fitness training and professional development in the sports industry.  They also choose an optional unit from a number of options. The assessment is internal and external. The internal assessment is in the form of project work.  The external assessment consists of on-line exams.

Students are assessed both externally and internally. Unit 1 and Unit 2 are assessed externally through written examinations. Unit 3 and Unit 4 are assessed internally through a mixture of written assignments and practical assessments.

Course specification

View the full course specification here

Progression

Studying BTEC prepares students for a multitude of courses in further education. The vocational aspect of the courses allows students to venture into the leisure industry, sport coaching, sports development and sporting organisers. The course will allow students to develop their problem solving, decision making and communication skills; needed in all industries

Enrichment

As well as the potential to assist with Sixth Form sports teams and House events, there is the opportunity to assist with the development of lower school sport by assisting teachers in lessons or with extra-curricular sport

 

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