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Physical Education forms an important part of every pupil’s timetable in S1 to S5.
Pupils can also choose to take Physical Education as an examination subject and gain qualifications at GCSE and A-level (AQA). All academic Physical Education is taught by one of our specialised PE staff.
Physical Education is taught with an aim to refine pupil’s motor skills and provide a health-based education in order to increase cognitive understanding and practical performance in a variety in physical activities and specific sports.
All pupils in S1-S3 will receive one period of timetabled Physical Education as well as three periods of Games per week.
Specific sports taught in PE lessons include; Basketball, Badminton and Volleyball. In Games, the main sports of Rugby, Hockey, Football and Cricket are taught.
Physical Education continues are part of curriculum in S4 and S5. Both year groups still benefit from receiving one period of PE and three periods of Games per week. The only difference comes in S5, where they gain the opportunity to choose from a variety of different sports and exercise, as they integrate with Sixth Form pupils during their Games lesson on a Wednesday afternoon.
GCSE Physical Education is taught as a two-year course in S4 and S5. The course should appeal to those pupils who possess strong practical skills and who are interested in understanding the factors that affect sporting performance.
Alongside their A-level studies, pupils at Birkdale are timetabled with three periods of Games per week on a Wednesday afternoon. Physical activity and exercise play an important role in staying healthy and relieving stress during these pressured academic years. Both lower and upper sixth pupils have the opportunity to choose from a variety of different sports and exercise, in either a participation or competitive environment.
A-level Physical Education is taught as a two-year course in L6 and U6. The course combines applied theory with practical performance and evaluation. The specification provides an excellent foundation for pupils intending to pursue careers in Teaching, Coaching, Sports Science, Sports Development, Leisure and Recreation, Health and Fitness and Professional Sport.