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Physical Education (PE)

Subject Leader: Miss Hinton

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Coppice PE department is made up of 2 male and 3 female PE teachers:

  • Miss C Hinton (Subject Leader - Physical Education)
  • Ms S McKenna
  • Mr M Dodd
  • Mr M Adamczyk
  • Mrs S Turner

Key Stage 3

At Coppice we aim to deliver an enjoyable, fun and inspiring curriculum across all year groups regardless of ability, age or gender, which offers a broad range of activities to promote healthy, active, lifelong participation in sport.

Throughout Years 7, 8 and 9 students follow a programme of study from the activities listed:

Team building Multi-skills Leadership Badminton
Table-tennis Ball skills Gymnastics Striking & Fielding
Athletics Rounder's Orienteering Health-Related Exercise

Key Stage 4

Core PE (Compulsory lessons)

Throughout Years 10 and 11 students have two lessons per week of Core PE where they follow a Programme of Study including a range of activities:

Personal Fitness Netball Football Rugby
Table tennis Basketball Rounders Softball

BTEC Level 2 First Award in Sport (equivalent to one GCSE)

This is taught over two years and is coursework based. Students develop knowledge and understanding in a range of aspects of sport. Units covered are:

  1. Fitness for Sport and Exercise (external exam) is the only examination unit. It covers theory on fitness components, fitness testing, training methods and target zones; all elements that are essential to sporting performance.
  2. Practical Sports Performance is a coursework based unit that allows students to take part in two sports; badminton and football. Students must research the rules, regulations, official's roles, self-observations and self-evaluations.
  3. The Sports Performer in Action is a unit covering the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems and how they are effective in sporting performance.
  4. Leading Sports Activities is the final unit where students must plan, lead and evaluate a sports session for a group of Year 7 students.
Football team Footballer Gym

GCSE PE (equivalent to one GCSE)

This is a two-year course incorporating both theoretical and practical aspects:

  1. The Theory of Physical Education is worth 40% (Externally assessed examination).

    Students acquire knowledge and understanding of covers many units including:

    Individual Differences Fitness Training Principles of training Effects of diet
    School Influences Government initiatives Roles within sport Injury
    TV and Media Sponsorship Health and safetyEnergy Systems
    Major sports competitions Fatigue/Stress Leisure and Recreation

    The exam has 10 multi choice questions, short answer questions and a scenario question.

  2. Year 10 students have the opportunity to attend a week long residential at Towers outdoor pursuit centre in North Wales.
  3. Controlled Assessment

    • You will be assessed in 4 sports
    • At least 2 must be as a player
    • Activities must be taken from 2 different areas
    • Other 2 sports could be as a leader or official

    Assessment = 90 MARKS = 60% (10 marks for observation and analysis). 20 MARKS FOR EACH SPORT – 10 FOR INDIVIDUAL SKILL AND 10 FOR GAME PLAY.

Key Stage 5

Students have the opportunity to study two courses. A single award worth one A Level which is 5 lessons a week and the double award worth two A Levels which is 8 lessons a week.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Sport (single award)

The core units that students will study are:

  • Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
  • The Physiology of Fitness
  • Assessing Risk in Sport

Mandatory Specialist Units:

  • Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise

Pupils will then take these three specialist units. These units have been selected for our students studying the course:

  • Sports Nutrition
  • Physical Education and the Care of Children and Young People
  • Leadership in Sport
Football area Team line-up

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness)

This Diploma provides you with an understanding of the essential skills needed when looking to build a career within the sports sector. You will study thirteen different units within the course. The qualification will give you insight into the various occupational routes you can take within the sports sector and help you move onto further study.

Career paths:

PE Teacher, Physiotherapist, Referee, Sports Performance Analyst, Fitness Instructor.

Specific entry requirements:

Ideally BTEC in Sport at Merit or higher/A*-C in GCSE PE. Students who have completed any BTEC course should have at least a Merit grade.

Course details:

Edexcel core units are:

  • Principles of Anatomy & Physiology in Sport
  • The Physiology of Fitness
  • Assessing Risk in Sport
  • Young golfer
  • Fitness Training and Programming
  • Sports Coaching
  • Sports Development
  • Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
  • Practical Team Sports *
  • Practical Individual Sports *
  • *Only one of these units can be studied.

Students will then take five specialist units below:

  • Sports Nutrition
  • Leadership in Sport
  • Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport
  • Organising Sports Events
  • Physical Education and the Care of Children and Young People


There are no exams. You will produce a portfolio of coursework that will be assessed regularly. A grading scale of Pass, Merit or Distinction is applied to all units.

  • Pass is equivalent to a grade E at 'A' Level
  • Merit is equivalent to a grade D at 'A' Level
  • Distinction is equivalent to a grade C at 'A' Level
  • Distinction is equivalent to a grade A at 'A' Level

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These sessions take place at lunchtime and after school. Students are given the opportunity to participate in a range of sporting activities; including badminton, football, rugby, basketball, handball, fitness, table tennis, volleyball, athletics and rounder's.

Students are also given the opportunity to compete in inter house competitions, fixtures against other schools in the City (leagues and Black Country Games) that have led onto Regional and National competitions.

Sports girls in gym Basketball close Mixed footballers Girls football Basketball play

PE Policy

  • Students are expected to bring full Coppice kit to all lessons (t-shirt, shorts and socks). Coppice tracksuits are optional.
  • If a student is ill or injured they must bring a note to explain from a parent or guardian. They must also bring full Coppice kit so they can take on a leadership role in all weather conditions.
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Club Links

  • Willenhall Rugby Club
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
  • Wolf Mountain
  • Penn Golf Club
  • West Bromwich Albion FC
  • Tettenhall Tigers Volleyball Club

District, County and National Representatives

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