Physical Education

Key Stage 3

All students in KS3 at RHS can expect to receive 2 hours of quality physical education per week. Our individualised learning focuses on independent learning, character building, alongside a mix of different sports and fitness.


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, during the first term students are tested in a variety of activities before being set into top girls, top boys and mixed lower groups. Indoor lessons consist of a mixture of activities, including: dance,HRF, badminton and gymnastics.

Outdoor lessons includes sports such as: football, rugby, netball, OAA, handball, gaelic football, cricket and danish longball and athletics. 

Year 8 and 9

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 understanding of anatomy and physiology. Students learn about the skeletal and muscular systems across the different range of activities. Students are encouraged to take on leadership roles in 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 year 8 and 9 students consist of: rugby, netball,Gaelic football, handball, basketball, football, gym/dance, badminton, leadership, HRF, athletics, cricket.  

Key Stage 4


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

All students will have the choice in the option process to study PE and Sport in GCSE Physical Education.Students that do not take GCSE PE as an option will expect to receive 1 hour of quality physical education per week. GCSE students will expect to have 3 hours of theory and 1 hour of practical teaching per week.

GCSE PE (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 36% - Units include applied anatomy and physiology; movement
analysis; physical training and use of data
Component 2 – Health and Performance 24% - Units include health, fitness and well-being; sport psychology;
socio-cultural influences and use of data
Component 3 – Practical Performance 30%
Component 4 – Personal Exercise Programme 10% - 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 3 physical activities from a set list. One of which must be a team sport, one must be an individual and one of 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 should show aptitude in a range of physical activities. Candidates MUST take part in extra-curricular sports and be actively involved in a sports club or team outside of school. Candidates should also possess good literacy and science skills.

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.

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 1 - 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.

Unit 2 - 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.

Unit 3 - 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.

Unit 4 - 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.