Physical Education

Key Stage 3


Year 7

In Year 7 students gain expertise in skills and techniques and learn how to apply them in different activities. Students start to understand what makes a performance effective. They are encouraged to develop their understanding of health and fitness, together with developing a deeper appreciation of each other’s strengths and weaknesses, by applying evaluative comments.  An extensive range of after school sport is offered, to help develop students’ skills and confidence in a more competitive environment.

Students also start to identify the types of activity they prefer and take on roles such as leader and official. The students have two lessons a week. Indoor lessons are performed in form classes and consist of a mixture of activities, including: dance, SPARQ, fitness, badminton, rounders and gymnastics.

Outdoor lessons are single sex when possible and include traditional sports such as: football, rugby, netball, futsal and athletics.

Year 8 and 9

Students are divided in to male and female group setting when possible. The main focus during Years 8 and 9 is on learning and developing specific sports, continuing to apply evaluative comments to their own and others’ work. Students are  encouraged to develop their understanding of health and fitness together with developing a deeper appreciation of each other’s strengths and weaknesses and Sports Education.

Sports Education is a method of delivery which encourages students to take ownership of their learning and their lessons.  In their allocated teams students plan, teach and deliver lessons to each other as well as developing physical competencies in a range of activities.  Sports Education promotes co-operation, teamwork and leadership as well as promoting a positive attitude towards life-long physical activity.

Activities for boys’ classes include: rugby, basketball, football, gym/dance, badminton, leadership, fitness, athletics and cricket. Activities for girls’ classes include: netball, gymnastics, dance, fitness, team games, leadership, athletics and rounders. An extensive range of after-school sport is also offered.

Key Stage 4


There are two key parts to the Physical Education Programme offered to students in Years 10 and 11.

  1. All students will have the choice in the option process to study PE and Sport in GCSE Physical Education.
  2. Students that do not take GCSE PE as an option will complete a Certificate Entry Level PE course.


The aim of this course is to develop an understanding of opportunities and pathways for participation in physical activity, and more generally the benefits of maintaining a balanced active and healthy lifestyle. The course is divided into one theory unit which is worth 40% of the total marks and is assessed by written exam in Year 11. The other 60% of the course consists of practical performance as a participant, official or coach in four activities, the completion of a written personal exercise programme coursework task and a verbally assessed analysis of the performance task.

Certificate Entry Level PE

The Entry Level Certificate in Physical Education is for those students in Year 10 that have not chosen Physical Education as a GCSE subject. The course develops the student’s enjoyment of Physical Education in relation to preparing them for lifelong activity through the participation of a broad range of practical sports. In conjunction with acquiring a broad range of practical skills, students have to make evaluative comments in relation to practical performance and learn the rules and etiquette associated with each activity. Students are formally assessed in six practical areas by the end of Year 11.

Examination Board

Certificate Entry Level - AQA
GCSE - Edexcel

% Components

60% - Practical
40% - Theory

Key Stage 5


BTEC level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport

This course is new for 2016 and has been introduced to capitalize on a very highly motivated group of students within Physical Education. It provides a sound and sufficiently broad educational base to enable each student to progress either to a degree or to employment in the Sports and Leisure Industry. There should be a great demand at the start of the 21st century for suitably qualified personnel in this area. It is intended that the Sports course will use each student’s skills and enthusiasm in sport to develop an awareness and interest in science technology, which underpins much of the sporting industry and advancements.

The Extended Certificate in Sport is a two year full time course. It involves 360 guided learning hours and is the equivalent in size to one A Level. The course covers a broad basis of study for the sport sector. This qualification involves a wide range of assessment methods including an examination and coursework based assignments.


Year 12 units

  • Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport (1.30hr written exam set and marked by Pearsons)
  • Professional Development in the Sports Industry (assignments set and marked internally)

Year 13 units

  • Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being (A task set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions. In part A, learners will be provided with a case study two weeks before a supervised assessment period in order to carry out research. In part B, the supervised assessment period is two hours in a period timetabled by Pearson.  Written submission. 60 marks.)
  • Practical Sports Performance (assignment set and marked internally)

Exam Board

  • Pearsons Edexcel