Key Stage 5 Physical Education and Sport
At Key Stage 5 students have the opportunity to study A-Level PE or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport.
A-Level PE is encouraged for all academic students who wish to pursue a career in the sports industry. For students who have a true passion for sport this is the perfect qualification and is a great stepping stone to many careers within sport. A-Level PE students are expected to play competitive sport both inside and outside school to at least regional standard as well as have a desire to learn about theoretical aspects of sport. A-Level PE is assessed combining both theory examinations (70% of overall mark) and practical performance (30% of overall mark). Students will study 4 units which include: Practical Sports Performance, Sports Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology, Opportunities for Participation, and Contemporary Sporting Issues. This freedom of choice allows A-Level PE to be undertaken not only by high level performers but also sports enthusiasts. In addition A-Level students are expected to contribute to the PE department and wider school by coaching and leading KS3 clubs and teams. A-Level pupils will be supported in this by their work towards the attainment of a variety of awards over the course duration, including Level 1 and 2 Coaching and Officiating. The A-Level PE course helps students realise their sporting potential, with the majority of our students progressing to study Physical Education and Sport at university.
BTEC Level 3 PE
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport, Development, Coaching and Fitness (equivalent to 3 A-Levels) is offered to students who wish to focus on sport as their sole qualification. For students who have a true passion for sport this is the perfect qualification and a great stepping stone to many careers such as sports coaching and teaching physical education. Students must complete a series of units over two years. Units are assessed on a portfolio of work referenced against the grading criteria for each unit (pass, merit, distinction). There are 18 assignments in total; these are assessed practically where possible, however they can also be assessed through a variety of methods such as presentations, blogs, research essays, and web apps. The range of assessment means that students develop transferable skills that make them attractive to both work places and universities, aiding them in the transition to the next phase of their career. Since the course was established three years ago, the grades that students have been awarded for these assignments have been outstanding. As well as achieving the Level 3 BTEC over the two years of study, students will achieve many other qualifications such as coaching awards (including a Football Level 8 Youth Refereeing qualification), Football Level 1 Coaching Award, Basketball Level 1 Coaching Qualification, Swimming Coaching Qualification, Trampoline Coaching Award, First Aid Qualification, DBS Check, Sports Massage Introductory Qualification, Energy Clubs Qualification and a Child Protection Qualification. To provide students with a taste of the work place, they are given the opportunity to complete voluntary work experience including placements at organisations such as at Fulham Football Club and at local primary schools. The many day trips available to students include a Brighton University Taster Day and a Nutrition, Psychology and Sports Science Workshop at St Mary's University. Students are also able to take part in a five day surfing and adventure course and the Brighton University Summer School - a chance to get out of London as well as develop new sporting skills in which students are assisted in realising their true potential and achieving outstanding grades. Indeed, one of our current Year 13 pupils was recently recognised for their amazing work ethic and incredible grades, placing runner up in the national BTEC Sports Award, beating 9000 other students across the UK and making the final five in the competition.