Physical Education (PE)

At Ysgol Aberconwy, we pride ourselves on providing a vast range of opportunities for students to develop their confidence, physical and social skills through sports and exercise. We hope that with the specialist support of our extremely experienced and qualified PE team, we will enable students to more the correct informed decisions about their own physical choices, so they benefit their health and wellbeing.

During the curriculum, students receive two hours of scheduled PE lessons a week, where they will participate in two different sports/activities over the course of an eight-week learning plan.

Our aim through the curriculum is to try to develop a variety of physical fitness types, a range of skills, attributes, techniques and tactics, along with other roles involved in sports and exercise, to ensure a well-rounded person is developed. The engagement we see is hugely positive and helps ensure we have students who are motivated to want to be physically active and able.

At KS4, alongside one hour of Core PE, there is also the opportunity for Physical Education to be studied as a GCSE. Alternatively students may opt to study our bespoke Level 2 Extended Certificate called Learning in the Outdoors.

GCSE Physical Education – WJEC

The course will give you an excellent opportunity to study Physical Education in both a practical and theoretical setting.

This includes:

· Applied Anatomy and Physiology

· Health, Training and Wellbeing

· Sports Psychology

· Sports Biomechanics

· Socio-cultural issues in Sport

The course allows you to be assessed practically as a player/performer in three sports covering both the individual and team sporting domains.

If you enjoy participating in a range of different physical activities (including outdoor education – climbing, sailing, mountain walking, mountain biking), but you want to find out the science behind how the body works in them, then this is the course for you!

A job in the sports industry is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable occupations you can have. This course will prepare you for a career in sports media, sports marketing, coaching, fitness instruction etc. Jobs include PE Teacher, Sports Scientist, Physiotherapist, Medic, Sports Dietician, Sports Agent, Leisure Manager, Sport Psychologist, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Sports Coach and Referee, to name a few.

Learning in the Outdoors – Level 2 Extended Certificate.

The course is bespoke in its make-up for Ysgol Aberconwy students, where they will develop their understanding and skills to learn through the outdoors. For the assessment, there is a written coursework element and the written work is a compulsory part of the course. A general day learning in the outdoors will involve a classroom session every week and homework will be set and practical. For these sessions every student will need to arrive fully equipped and ready to work. This is not just a practical course,  however there is no written exam. 

Assessment will take place through a variety of forms, which you will undertake to develop the skills to achieve a grade for the qualification. The assessments will cover the following units:

· Personal Safety when Learning in the Outdoors

· Use a Map and Compass

· Observing Fauna and Flora

· Outdoor Practical Skills (Including Bush craft and fire-lighting)

· Camp Craft Skills

· Sustainable use of Natural Resources

· Participate in a Land-based activity.

The OAA practical activities include camping, rock climbing, gorge walking, canoeing, orienteering, problem solving, team wide games, abseiling and mountain biking amongst others. Most activities will take place away from the school site and you will be transported using the school minibus. A number of activities will require additional time outside the normal school day and will occasionally run through a weekend.

Please be aware that due to guidelines, places on this course are limited.

For more information about these courses, please take a look at our Year 9 Options Booklet.