Curriculum Physical Education

Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School has been recognised as a centre for sporting excellence, we have a fantastic range of facilities including a fully equipped gym, a large sports hall, dance studio, four flood-lit astro pitches, a multi-use 3G games area (MUGA) and extensive grass playing fields.

We have an excellent reputation in this field and an enviable track record for winning competitions, tournaments and sporting events.

A good qualification in PE is beneficial to anyone hoping to work in the leisure and recreation industries, as a personal trainer, teacher or coach.

Key Stage 3

Students are given the opportunity to demonstrate their learning through a range of activities and will be encouraged to take on the roles of performer, coach and official.  As individuals and, often working in small groups, they will access all of the facilities on site, acquiring, developing and refining physical skills.  This will allow pupils to develop physical and social skills, enabling them to make positive contributions to the wider school community.

Key Stage 4

This GCSE course is ideal for students with an interest in sporting activities, health, wellbeing and fitness.  Students will develop their practical sporting, coaching, leadership and team working skills throughout this course.  Assessment is via practical demonstrations (60%) and an exam (a mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions worth 40%).  A BTEC in sport is also available and this is assessed on coursework only.

Key Stage 5

Health, Fitness and Exercise Instruction Level 2 is a practical qualification which provides students with the knowledge and experience required to work as a gym instructor.  Topics of study include anatomy and physiology, how to exercise safely and effectively using a wide range of fitness testing equipment.  Assessment is via multiple choice papers and practical observations.

Gym Instructor Course Level 2 is a practical one-year course which offers a fantastic foundation to becoming a professional personal trainer in the future.  Students will learn about customer care, how to teach and demonstrate good personal technique on a range of gym equipment and anatomy and biology.  Assessment is via multiple choice papers, case studies and practical observations.

The Diploma in Personal Training and Instruction Level 3 is the minimum qualification required for those wishing to work as a personal trainer.  It helps students to develop effective, long-term training programmes to meet the fitness goals of clients.  Included in the course is a nutrition module.  Assessment is via multiple choice theory papers, practical observations and production of written exercise plans.

The BTEC National PE mixes the practical side of sport with the theoretical.  Areas of study include anatomy and physiology, sports coaching and development, fitness and team sports.  There may also be the opportunity to take advantage of 'bolt-on' courses to earn nationally recognised qualifications.  Assessment is via the construction of a portfolio of evidence.

We offer an A Level in PE which covers all aspects of physical education and it is well-suited to students with a passion and enthusiasm for sport.  Students will develop their knowledge of health, exercise, fitness, nutrition, physiology, sports psychology, drugs in sport and skills acquisition. This is a theoretical course with practical elements.  Assessment is via written exam and completion of a controlled practical exercise.

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