Academic Physical Education is a dynamic and challenging subject which continues to grow in popularity at King’s.
A small, but highly experienced department, teach the full range of Academic PE courses using a variety of teaching methodology to allow pupils to use their full range of intellectual talents. Pupils will be provided with the opportunity to participate in numerous sports, as well as learn the values of an active and healthy lifestyle.
The Physical Education courses offer an excellent insight into the theoretical and physiological concepts associated with sporting performance. The theory element of the GCSE course provides an excellent foundation for those pupils considering studying A’ Level Physical Education, BTEC Sport (Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma & 90 Credit Diploma) or pursuing a sports-related career. Studying Physical Education complements a broad and well-balanced combination of subjects.
In the 6th Form, pupils will visit Bath University and take part in some of the fitness tests conducted by their Sports Science Department. A visit to Twickenham, home of English Rugby, provides pupils with an understanding of stadia and the infrastructure that goes into a National sport and a National team.
Guest speakers are also invited to give talks on topics such as diet, fitness conditioning and athlete’s lifestyles.
Pupils who have studied A-Level PE have gone on to study physiotherapy, sports management, sports science, sports psychology and teaching at university.
At King’s we offer the IGCSE in Physical Education provided by the University of Cambridge International Examinations Board. This syllabus provides pupils with an opportunity to study both the practical and theoretical aspects of Physical Education.
Through studying the course, pupils will be able to develop an understanding of effective and safe physical performance. They will be able to appreciate the necessity for sound understanding of the principles and practices that underpin improved performance, better health and well-being.
The course aims to develop:
Pupils with a real interest in Physical Education will find the A’ Level course a wonderful platform from which to launch a career in the world of Sport, Teaching, Coaching, Sports Management, Physiotherapy, Sports Psychology, Sports Technology and not least, Sports Science. The staff will challenge and stretch the pupils in the wide ranging aspects of the course but it is also hoped that pupils will challenge themselves, and enjoy the experience. They should not be afraid to ask pertinent questions, or to fathom out the answers. Questions such as….
The A-Level course will require the pupils to follow the daily sports stories on the internet and in the media, follow regular tweets on the Academic Twitter page and to research and present work using different applications such as Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, CD-ROMs and the Internet. Pupils will also use digital cameras and video recorders to observe and analyse their sporting performances.
Subject areas taught as part of the two year course include, Applied Physiology, Skill Acquisition, Sport and Society, Technology in Sport, Sports Psychology and Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics. Further details can be found on the AQA website.
Sport and Active Leisure are two of the biggest growing sectors in the UK economy. There has been substantial growth since the 1990s and it shows no signs of abating. Sport is annually worth an estimated £8 billion to the UK economy, with a vast workforce required to run and develop the sector. These roles need to be filled with a workforce that is qualified in areas of exercise and fitness, coaching and leadership, sports development and the outdoors. The BTEC Level 3 course provides pupils with the opportunity to study these areas and to gain a qualification that is being recognised by more and more Higher Education establishments. The Certificate & Subsidiary Diploma (L6th) are studied in the first year and pupils then progress on to the 90-Credit Diploma (U6th). Pupils study a variety of units that cover fitness testing, fitness programming and the effects of exercise on the body, sports nutrition, anatomy and physiology, outdoor adventure, sports leadership, psychology, current issues and health & lifestyle. These units are taught and assessed through a range of methods including power points, interviews, presentations, posters, teaching and coaching lessons. An ability to work independently, be well organised and utilise research techniques, are highly necessary skills for success in BTEC. Further details can be found on the Edexcel website.