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Aim of the Physical Education Department:

The aim of Physical Education is to provide appropriate opportunities and experiences for individuals to achieve their optimum potential. Physical Education is primarily concerned with physical capabilities but the associated aspects of knowledge and understanding are also vital components for all children. Additionally, the development of personal skills within a social setting can be enhanced by participating in an appropriate and sensitively designed Physical Education programme. Planning, performing and evaluating therefore, are important components which have to be pursued according to each individual’s needs and strengths. It is to be acknowledged that the aim of Physical Education is to encompass enjoyment and satisfaction and thereby encourage a lifelong commitment to an active and healthy lifestyle.

Objectives of the Physical Education Department:

  • To incorporate as far as possible the general aims of the school.
  • To contribute to the physical development of each pupil according to his/her potential through the promotion of skills acquisition in a range of physical activities.
  • To develop an understanding of the importance of exercise in maintaining a healthy life.
  • To develop a range of major motor skills and to maintain and increase physical mobility and flexibility.
  • To develop stamina and strength.
  • To develop understanding and appreciation of the purposes, forms and conventions of a selection of physical activities.
  • To develop the appreciation of the concepts of fair play, honest competition and good character.
  • To develop the ability to appreciate the aesthetic qualities of movement.
  • To develop the capacity to maintain interest and to persevere to achieve success, as well as promoting a lifelong attitude towards exercise after they leave school.
  • To foster self-esteem through the acquisition of physical competence.
  • To develop self-confidence through understanding the capabilities and limitation of oneself and others.
  • To develop self-discipline and an acceptance of the need for responsible attitudes to oneself and others thus ensuring the safety of oneself and others.

The Physical Education programme offered in Parkhall College follows that prescribed in the National Curriculum for Key Stages 3 & 4; thereby affording pupils the opportunities to extend their personal knowledge, understanding and performance in each of the 5 core areas - athletics, dance, gymnastics, games and swimming.

Activities offered:

Hockey* / Volleyball

Football* / Swimming

Basketball / Athletics*

Gymnastics / Tennis*

Dance / Cross Country

Health Related Fitness* / Rugby* / Tag Rugby

Badminton / Minor Games

Cricket* Netball*

Rounders / Softball

Gaelic Football* Handball

Fitness Suite* / Snooker

Circuit Training

Uni-Hoc / Lacrosse

Dance / Zumba / Ultimate Frisbee

Olympic Weightlifting / Table Tennis

THE EXTRA CURRICULAR PROGRAMME – AIMS:-

  • To extend the curriculum beyond that offered in the timetable.
  • Pupils can extend/develop skills which may not be possible within a normal scheme of work.
  • There may be opportunities for specialist coaches to attend and give of their times and expertise.
  • To allow practice for the development of school teams.
  • To offer non specialist staff with a particular interest/talent, opportunity to take a sports team.
  • To allow pupils and staff to interact in an environment this has the potential to be less formal. This can lead to improved staff/pupil relationships in the classroom.
  • The sports in the activities list above indicate those offered after school as part of the extra-curricular programme.

Exam Courses offered -

We offer students the opportunity to study Level 2 BTEC Sport, Level 3 BTEC Sport, Level 2 Occupational Studies, Level 2 OCN Sport - Personal Fitness Programme Planning and 6th Form Enrichment

Year 13 & 14 - BTEC NATIONALS - 2 courses

Year 11 & 12 - BTEC FIRST FOR SPORT

Year 11 & 12 - Occupational Studies

Year 11 & 12 – OCN Vocational - Personal Fitness Programme Planning

BTEC National Extended Certificate SPORT - Level 3

  •  Equivalent in size to one A Level.
    • 4 units – 2 exam based units – 67% of course – assessed externally.
    • Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology - Exam
    • Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being – Synoptic Exam Paper
    • Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry - Coursework
    • Unit 7: Practical Sports Performance - Coursework

    AS – Year 13

    Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology - explore how the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems function and the fundamentals of the energy systems. – Exam – 33%

    Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry - explore the knowledge and skills required for different career pathways in the sports industry. Learners will take part in, and reflect on, a personal skills audit, career action plan and practical interview assessment activities. – Coursework – 17%

    A2 – Year 14

    Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being - explore client screening and lifestyle assessment, fitness training methods and fitness programming to support improvements in a client’s health and well-being. – Synoptic Exam Paper – 33%

    Unit 7: Practical Sports Performance - study the skills, techniques, tactics and rules of selected sports through active participation in individual/team sports. – Coursework – 17%

    Job opportunities include – sports coaching, fitness training, sports development, sport science, teaching etc.

    BTEC National Extended Diploma SPORT – Level 3

    • Equivalent in size to three A Level.
    • 14 units – 4 exam based units – assessed externally.

    BTEC FIRST FOR SPORT AWARD – Level 2

    The course involves learners studying real-life, work-based case studies and completing a range of projects and assignments. Each of the 4 units will last 8-10weeks and are delivered in both theory and practical lessons. The 4 units are equally weighted and come together at the end to give you one overall grade.

    Grades (GCSE Equivalents)

    • Level 2 – Pass (C)
    • Level 2 – Merit (B)
    • Level 2 – Distinction (A)
    • Level 2 – Distinction* (A*)

    There are 4 units in this 2 year course:- 3 Compulsory & 1 Optional:-

    Compulsory -

    Unit 1 – Fitness for Sport and Exercise

    Unit 2 – Practical Performance in Sport

    Unit 3 – Applying the Principles of Personal Training

    Optional -

    Unit 5 – The Sports Performer in Action

    Overviews -

    • · Unit 1 – Fitness for Sport and Exercise (theory and practical application of the science of sport – components of fitness, principles of training & fitness testing methods) – external online 1hour exam.
    • · Unit 2 – Practical Performance in Sport (theory and the practical application of their knowledge and understanding of 2 sports – tactics / techniques / rules and personal evaluation of performance)
    • · Unit 3 – Applying the Principles of Personal Training (theory and practical application of the science of sport in planning and carrying out their own personal fitness programmes and the evaluating it)
    • Unit 5 – The Sports Performer in Action (theory and practical application of the science of the body and how it works and changes when exercise is undertaken)

    Occupational Studies - For those pupils who have a strong interest in Sport at KS 4 but are not academically capable of BTEC we currently offer Occupational Studies – Running a Leisure Event and Sports Leadership. Both these units are portfolio based with a substantial element of practical.

    Year 11 & 12 – OCN Vocational - Personal Fitness Programme Planning - For those pupils who have a chosen to undertake a number of Vocational Units of which we in the PE will deliver. During this course pupils will assess their current level of fitness, design a personal training programme to improve their physical fitness levels and then assess the effectiveness of their training programme. The unit is portfolio based with a substantial element of practical.

    KS5 Enrichment Programme –

    AIMS

    - Personal development of learner

    - Teach learners how to be effective leaders and the skills/abilities associated with this

    - Teach students how to work effectively in a team

    - Teach learners how to successfully manage and organise an event

    - Expand knowledge of other elements in sport and avenues to explore after school

    Facilities/Resources

    School Campus

    1 Astro turf pitch with floodlights

    Assembly hall 

    2 Grass football pitches

    1 multipurpose Sports Hall

    1 Rugby pitch

    Indoor Cricket Nets

    5 Tennis courts

    Grass games area

    400m Athletics track

    Fitness Suite

    2 bay outdoor cricket net system

    1 match cricket wicket

    1 grass discus bay

    1 long jump pit and run-up lane

    Extensive cross country grounds

    Community Based

    @ Antrim Forum

    Synthetic pitch / 3g pitch

    Extensive Fitness

    Athletics Stadium

    Squash courts

    3 Recreation Halls

    2 Swimming pools

    10 pin bowling

    Parkhall Integrated College Mission Statement

    ‘We endeavour to provide a caring, learning environment where each child feels valued and respected’