Availability of Sports at each Key Stage
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 7/8
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 2 units:
- Unit 3 - Knowledge and Understanding for the Active Participant
- Written Paper - 1 hour 30 mins
- 80 marks - 40%
- Unit 4 - The Active Participant
- Controlled Assessment - 4 assessments from at least 2 groups/ways of thinking: at least 2 as player/performer.
- 90 marks - 60%
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. This programme offers activities such as self-defence, tai chi, aerobics, salsa, yoga, badminton, trampolining, kick boxing, pre-driving and many others.
Students choose a different activity each term. 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.
At AS Level
Unit 1: Opportunities for and the effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle.
- Written Examination, 2 hour paper
- 60% of AS marks, 30% of A Level marks
- Exercise Physiology, skill acquisition and opportunities for participation
- Application of theoretical knowledge to a practical situation
Unit 2: Analysis and evaluation of physical activity as a performer and/or in an adopted role.
- Internal Assessment with external moderation
- 40% of AS marks, 20% of A Level marks
- Perform, analyse, and evaluate execution of core skills in isolation and in structured practices.
At A2 Level
Unit 3: Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within the sport.
- Written Examination, 30% A Level
- Exercise physiology
- Contemporary issues in sport
Unit 4: Optimising practical performance in a competitive situation
- Internal Assessment with external moderation (20% of A Level marks)
- Perform, analyse and evaluate personal performance in a competitive situation
- Identify personal weaknesses and what are the causes of these weaknesses
Candidates are expected to continue to develop their practical areas throughout the course. Participation in extracurricular clubs is essential.