At Coloma we offer a wide range of sporting and activity based opportunities throughout the year in addition to the academic options provided for PE at GCSE, AS & A Level.
Key Stage 3 – Years 7 and 8
In Years 7 and 8 the girls currently receive 3 x 50 minute lessons of PE per week within curriculum time. A variety of different sports and activities are provided depending on the academic term.
- Football (Year 8)
Key Stage 3 – Year 9
In Year 9 the girls receive 2 x 50 minute lessons of PE per week within curriculum time. A variety of different sports and activities are provided depending on the academic term.
- Sports Acro
Key Stage 4 – Years 10 & 11
In Years 10 and 11 the girls receive 1 lesson of PE per week.
For those girls wishing to take PE GCSE this is offered through after school twilight lessons and participation in after school sport and activity clubs is encouraged. The awarding body is AQA.
GCSE Course Content
The course is divided into 3 parts:
Unit 3 – Knowledge and Understanding for the Active Participant
Paper 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport
|Written paper||1 hour 15 minutes|
Paper 2: Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport
|Written paper||1 hour 15 minutes|
Non- exam assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport
|Practical performance in three different activities||Assessed by teachers, moderated by exam board|
Unit 4 – The Active Participant
|Controlled Assessment %||4 assessments from at least 2 groups/ways of thinking: at least 2 as player/performer.|
Focus is on the securing of the knowledge and understanding needed for the candidate to take responsibility for his/her own physical growth and development as part of a personal healthy active lifestyle. This aspect of the course encourages students to make informed choices about getting involved in healthy physical activities that meet their needs, and develop knowledge and understanding of the roles that the active participant can adopt and what constitutes effective performance in these different roles.
Key Stage 5 – Years 12 & 13
All Year 12 students follow a PE programme one afternoon a week. Students have the opportunity to choose a sports pathway each term. The sports pathways are sports leadership; practical sport; or gym and swim.
The PE programme complements the academic programme and is mandatory for all students.
AS & A Level
Awarding Body – AQA
In addition to the main school entry requirements, students must have GCSE Biology and English.
Candidates will be assessed on their ability to perform, analyse and evaluate the execution of core skills and techniques. Candidates are expected, therefore, to compete in one sport at a high level (minimum requirement is that candidates are representing their school regularly) and must be competent in at least one other area of physical activity.
The course is divided into four units. Units 1 and 2 are studied at AS Level, whilst Units 3 and 4 are studied at A Level. A basic outline of these units is shown below.
Factors affecting participation in physical activity in sport: written exam, 2 hours, 105 marks, 35% of A Level.
Section A: Applied Anatomy and Physiology – includes a range of topics such as the skeletal and muscular systems, the cardiovascular and respiratory systems in relation to the performance of physical activity and the energy systems of the body.
Section B: Skill acquisition – includes a range of topics such as: classification of motor skills; types and methods of practice, stages of learning and memory models.
Section C: Sport & Society – includes a range of topics such as pre -industrial Britain; rational recreation in post-industrial Britain and sociological theory applied to equal opportunities.
Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity in sport – written exam, 2 hours, 105 marks, 35% of A Level.
Section A: Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics – includes a range of topics such as injury prevention and nutrition and training methods. This then moves onto cover topics such as linear and angular motion, fluid mechanics and projectile motion.
Section B: Sports Psychology – includes a range of topics such as: personality, motivation, arousal, groups and teams and stress management to optimise performance.
Section C: Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport – includes a range of topics such as elite performers, ethics, violence, drugs, sport and law, commercialisation and media and modern technology in sport.
Non-exam assessment – Internal assessment and external moderation, 90 marks, 30% of A Level
The coursework for A Level PE is split into two parts:
• Performance – Performance or Coaching in the full sided version of ONE activity.
• Analysis of Performance – Students are required to analyse and evaluate the performance of a player. This can be their own or the performance of another. This will be completed in a written format via a series of homework tasks.
Candidates are expected to continue to develop their practical areas throughout the course. Participation in extracurricular clubs is essential.