Physical Education

Key Stage 3


Our PE department ensures that all students at Ruislip High School learn how to live a healthy, active lifestyle. We have created a culture that promotes effort and resilience whilst ensuring students experience a wide variety of sporting activities. All students in KS3 at RHS can expect to receive two hours of quality physical education per week. Students will have the opportunity to have an indoor and outdoor lesson each week and be taught two activities per term. 


In Year 7 practical activities are designed to help students gain expertise in skills and techniques such as passing, shooting and outwitting. In Year 8 students learn how to apply skills to tactical elements of game play, for example in netball outwitting skills enable students to apply outwitting skills when taking centre passes. In Year 9 students will continue to develop their knowledge and understanding to apply skills to game scenarios, as well as learning the rules and regulations of activities in competitive situations, and having the opportunity to take on various leadership roles.

Students are encouraged to develop their understanding of health and fitness together with developing a deeper understanding of anatomy and physiology, including names of muscles and bones, through the warm-up phases of lessons.

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.

Students have the opportunity to be taught and experience a wide breadth of different activities during KS3, including netball, football, rugby, dance, gymnastics, badminton, table tennis, gaelic football, handball, HRF, OAA, cricket, rounders and athletics.

Above and Beyond clubs are also available before school at 7:30-8:10am and after school 3:00-4:00pm each day. Through these clubs students are encouraged to attend to prepare for competitions and/or improve on skills they are taught in lesson. At the end of the academic year students who attend the most extra-curricular clubs will be selected to attend the PE reward trip.

Key Stage 4


There are three pathways when students get to Year 10. 

All students will have the choice in the option process to study GCSE PE or BTEC Sport First. Students who do not take one of these options will expect to receive one hour of quality physical education per week. GCSE students will expect to have three hours of theory and one hour of practical teaching per week and BTEC Sport students have two theory and two practical lessons a week. 

GCSE Physical Education (Edexcel)

GCSE (9-1) in Physical Education consists of two externally-examined papers and two non-examined assessment components. It is designed to give students in-depth knowledge in a number of different topics involved in sport and exercise.


Component 1

Fitness and Body systems 
Units include applied anatomy and physiology; movement analysis; physical training and use of data.

Component 2

Health and Performance 
Units include health, fitness and well-being; sport psychology; socio-cultural influences and use of data.

Component 3

Practical Performance 

Component 4

Personal Exercise Programme 
Students are required to select one physical activity and sport on which to plan a PEP to optimise/improve their performance in that activity.


The course is 60% theory, consisting of TWO examinations. One examination based on Component 1: Fitness and the body systems (1 hour 45 minutes - 90 marks). The second based on Component 2: Heath and Performance (1 hour 15 minutes – 70 marks). Each exam consists of short and long answer questions.


The course is 40% practical. The practical assessment consists of the students completing three physical activities from a set list, one of which must be a team sport, one must be an individual sport and one is their free choice.
For the other 10% of the practical element students are required to select one physical activity/sport on which to plan a PEP to optimise/improve their performance in that activity.
Sports studied may include badminton, basketball, football, Gaelic football, swimming, table tennis and athletics. The school is also able to assess candidates in sports that are not available in school, for example skiing.
Candidates will spend four lessons per fortnight on theory based study, with one practical lesson: Core PE time will be used as GCSE practical lessons.

The BTEC First Award in Sport (Edexcel)

The BTEC First Award in Sport consists of one unit of work which is externally examined, and three units of coursework. It is designed to give pupils in-depth knowledge in a number of different topics in sport and fitness. 


Unit 1 - Fitness for Sport and Exercise - This is the externally assessed exam which will be completed on a computer. The topics include: components of fitness, principles of training, fitness training methods and fitness testing. 

Unit 2 - Practical Sports - This is a coursework unit set out to help pupils understand the rules and regulations of different sports. The aim is to assess their practical ability with a sport of their choosing and then to analyse their own performance. 

Unit 3 - Applying the principles of personal training - This coursework unit explores the opportunities for students to design their own training programme, to understand the core components of the human anatomy and to implement and review their own training programme to make improvements in the future. 

Unit 6 - Leading sports activities - This coursework will assess students’ ability to be a leader. Students will need to plan and deliver a training session to a Year 7 PE lesson and review their performance. This is a good unit for improving leadership qualities. 

Theory and Practical

The course is predominantly theory in nature but, due to the flexible coursework units, practical elements are taught throughout.  There is no actual percentage in how much the course is assessed between the two. Students will only be graded on their physical ability once during Unit 2 (Practical Sports). There will be practical lessons throughout the two years, helping to explore different sports and build up skills needed to pass the non-exam units. 

Students will have four  hours of PE a week and two of these lessons will be practicals.   

Key Stage 5 


BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport

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 content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. Employers and professional bodies have also been involved and consulted to confirm that the content is appropriate and consistent with current practice for learners who may choose to enter employment directly in the sport sector.



Unit No.

Unit Title



Anatomy and Physiology

Learners explore how the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems function and the fundamentals of the energy systems. 

This unit is externally marked. The examination will be one hour and 30 minutes in length. The number of marks for the examination is 80.


Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being

Learners explore client screening and lifestyle assessment, fitness training methods and fitness programming to support improvements in a client’s health and well-being. 

This unit will be assessed under supervised conditions. 

Part A: Learners will be given a case study one week before the supervised assessment period to carry out preparatory work. 

Part B: This is a written examination under controlled conditions in which you can use your research notes to complete a task that builds on Part A. 


Professional Development in the Sports Industry

Learners explore the knowledge and skills required for different career pathways in the sports industry. Learners will take part in, and reflect on, a personal skills audit, career action plan and practical interview assessment activities.

This unit will be assessed internally by a series of tasks.


Sports Leadership

Learners study what makes a good leader, the different capacities of this role, and the leadership skills and techniques necessary when leading activities in different roles. 

This unit will be assessed internally by a series of tasks.