Physical Education

Welcome to the Physical Education Department.

Our aim is to teach students the important role physical activity plays in a balanced, healthy lifestyle.

By providing the students with the extra opportunities to experience a range of activities and develop their skills, competence and confidence, students can make informed choices about how they want to get involved in physical activity both at school and in the community.

Department at a glance

  • Core PE
  • GCSE PE
  • A-Level PE
  • BTEC PE
GCSE Foundation

Throughout Key Stage 3 at Poole High students are taught 2 hours a week of Physical Education and Dance. Students’ work is assessed in 5 week termly units.

The Key processes of the modernised National Curriculum in Key Stage 3 PE include:

  • Developing skills in physical activity
  • Making and applying decisions
  • Developing physical and mental capacities
  • Evaluating and improving
  • Making informed choices about health, active lifestyles

The processes are assessed through the following sports; Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Climbing, Cricket, Football, Netball, Gymnastics, Rugby, Swimming, Tennis, Rounders, Trampolining.

Key Stage 4

GCSE PE

Why study GCSE PE?
This course is the ideal preparation for ‘A’ level Physical Education course and also allows progression to vocational qualifications such as the BTEC National in Sport. The course also develops transferable skills and key skills that employers are looking for and can lead to further training in areas such as recreational management, leisure activities, coaching, officiating, the fitness industry and the armed forces.

The course will give you exciting opportunities to be involved in a number of different physical activities promoting and healthy active lifestyle, you will also gain knowledge and understanding of the healthy active body and why we want a healthy and active lifestyle.

Topics include:
Healthy, Active Lifestyles which requires you to develop and understanding of physical activity in relation to a healthy active lifestyle, focusing on involvement, fitness, training and diet
Your Healthy, Active Body which focuses on the body systems and structures and how they are developed through exercise.

BTEC SPORT (Award) (Vocational)

Why study BTEC Sport?
The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Sport has been designed primarily
for young people aged 14 to 19 who may wish to explore a vocational route throughout Key Stage 4, but it is also suitable for other learners who want a vocationally focused introduction to this area of study. It has been developed to:

  • encourage personal development through practical participation and performance in a range of sports and exercise activities.
  • give learners a wider understanding and appreciation of health-related fitness, sports and exercise through a selection of optional specialist units.
  • encourage learners to develop their people, communication, planning and team-working skills by having the opportunity to select from optional units available in the qualification structure
  • provide education and training for sport, leisure and recreation employees.
  • give learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

Topics include:
Unit 1 Fitness for Sport and Exercise,
Unit 2 Practical Sports Performance,
Unit 5 Training for Personal Fitness,
Unit 6 Leading Sports Activities.

Key Stage 5

A-Level PE builds upon prior learning at GCSE level with a 60% theory and 40% practical work-load. The focus of the two-year course is to develop students knowledge and skills in three key areas; the coach, the performer and the official. These roles form the foundations for the practical aspects of the course and provide the focus for the delivery of the theory content.

We also offer the National Extended Diploma in Sport is a two-year, full-time programme validated by BTEC. The course combines practical sports activity with academic study giving you the opportunity to combine sport and fitness and development units with elements of outdoor pursuits. It has the same equivalency as 3 A levels and is studied for 15 lessons a week.

In addition to our PE and Sport qualifications, we also offer a National Subsidiary Diploma in Sport Development Coaching and Fitness. This is a two-year programme validated by BTEC. The course combines practical sports activity with academic study giving you the opportunity to combine sport and fitness and development units with elements of outdoor pursuits. It has the same equivalency as 1 A level and is studied for 5 lessons a week.