Physical Education


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“To have a relentless focus on the pursuit for excellence, absolute commitment to increasing participation, and pushing Southam to the forefront of regional and national competition”

At Southam College we aim to fulfil each student’s potential, driven by process rather than outcome. Alongside skill development, we aspire to grow character and encourage our students to develop resilience, openness, coachability, initiative and leadership qualities.

Physical Education helps prepare young individuals to lead a healthy, active lifestyle. It helps to instil positive values and it is not only about your physical fitness or your physical structure, it is about your mental development in all aspects of your life. For example psychologically, your social behaviour and how you deal with situations which occur in your life. Many students have found that by undertaking Physical Education they are not only improving their interpersonal skills with those around them but are also increasing their own levels of motivation and pride in what they do.

Core Values

The department demand certain qualities from our sportsmen and women such as effort, belief, focus, determination, humility, good manners, honesty and punctuality, when we see these actions they are re-enforced and become both habitual and contagious. These characteristics are described as our core values.

We firmly believe that better people create better sports performers.

Our teaching and coaching team believes that Physical Education is about inspiring our students and providing them with the all-round skills needed to allow them to participate in sport for the rest of their lives. We firmly believe in affording every student the opportunity to be physically active and stimulate their mind.


During physical education students undertake a range of activities, including Rugby, Netball, Volleyball, Swimming, Health Related Fitness, Table Tennis, Football, Badminton, Hockey, Athletics, Cricket, Dodgeball and Handball.

These sports connect movement patterns with motor programmes and increase the rate of understanding therefore speeding up an individuals ability to process information. The activities selected are designed for dual purpose. Firstly to allow every student the chance to participate in a range of activities and secondly to assist in each individual’s long term athletic development in turn benefitting the School’s performance sports.

Whilst acquiring and developing core skills , students are encouraged to develop their knowledge and understanding of individual and team games by learning how to devise, plan and implement tactics, act as a coach/manager and be able to umpire or referee.


BTEC Level 2 First Award in Sport

  • 4 units over 3 years
  • 1 online exam
  • 3 coursework units
  • Units are graded on Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria

Course Content - Mandatory Units

UNIT 1- Fitness for Sport and Exercise

EXAM- Multiple choice and written answers. Online, 1hr, 50 marks

UNIT 2- Practical Sports Performance

Coursework, Several assignments

Course Content - Optional Units

Any 2 of the following:

UNIT 3 - The Mind and Sports Performer

UNIT 4 - The Sports Performer in Action

UNIT 5 - Training and Personal Fitness

UNIT 6 - Leading Sports Activities

These will be selected by the class teacher. All units are coursework based.

Who is the course for

Someone who:

  • Is interested in a career or furthering education in sport or coaching
  • Plays sport for the school or a club
  • Prefers completing work as the course goes on rather than exam pressure at the end of the year
  • Has an interest in the theory behind sport

Skills useful for the course

  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Positive attitude
  • Organised
  • Capable of showing leadership and taking on responsibility
  • Good literacy skills
  • Independent learner
  • Able to work well with others


Students study the AQA specification at A-level. This offers students the opportunity to specialise practically as a performer/coach . The course also addresses current contemporary topics in sport such as the impact in the use of ergogenic aids, technology and increasing commercialisation of sport.

Subject content areas

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Skill acquisition
  • Sport and society
  • Exercise physiology
  • Biomechanical movement
  • Sport psychology
  • Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport

In the spring term of Year 12, students attend workshops at the University of Gloucester; where time is spent in the Biomechanics laboratory, the Sport Science Centre and Strength & Conditioning Suites to develop their knowledge of physiological adaptations to exercise, whilst also gaining an appreciation of degree-level Physical Education.

Sports News

Great News

The PE department is proud to announce that Southam College has achieved the Silver School Games Mark award for commitment, engagement and delivery of competitive school sport for 2017/18.

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House Competition

The P.E. department want to encourage you to be active this winter!

Please send in an action shot (max of 3 entries per student) of you being active or playing sport.

HAPS for every entry.

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Congratulations to Jess Warner (yr 9) and her horse 'Mr Softy' who were placed 14th at the weekend in a very competitive class of 62 riders at the Bloxham Schools Eventer Challenge series held at Aston le Walls.

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Equestrian News

Great performances for Equestrian members at the weekend. Issy Bergendorff (yr 8)and her pony 'Dolly' maintaining their run in the ribbons with an individual 1st in the Intermediate class, qualifying her for the champs at Hickstead in May 2018.

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Equestrian News

A damp 'summers' day but Issy Bergendorff (Year 7, soon to be Year 8) had every reason to be smiling. A recent qualification in the British Show Jumping 'Just for Schools' competition took Issy to the National Championships at Stoneleigh.

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