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Physical Education


During their time at St Edward’s C of E Academy, pupils will experience a broad and balanced Physical Education curriculum. Emphasis is placed on both skill development and enjoyment during their lessons, with an ambition to promote a healthy and active lifestyle.


KS3 Curriculum

As part of the Key Stage 3 curriculum at St Edward’s C of E Academy, we aim to embed the physical development and skills learned in key stages 1 and 2 as well as developing their confidence and level of technique across a broad range of different sports and physical activities. Students take part in two hours of Physical Education a week, were they participate in different activities covering a variety of the following: Netball, Football, Basketball, Handball, Rugby, Gymnastics, Trampolining, Table Tennis, Fitness, Volleyball, Athletics, Rounders and Cricket. Students will complete six lessons of each activity before rotating. Highlight activities depending on probability of selection at GCSE will have double or triple blocks allowing students to develop and demonstrate more progress in these areas.


How are they assessed?

 Students are assessed on their physical literacy within different sports and exercises in two areas:

  • Skills performed in isolation
  • Application of skills in game situation

How parents/Carers can support their child

This can be achieved through parents being willing to support their child in joining a local sports club, playing fixtures, attending club practice and encouraging them to develop a love for sport and exercise


GCSE Curriculum

Exam Board – Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Physical Education  


The Course

Students will receive a well-rounded and full introduction to the world of PE, sport and sport science by developing an understanding of how the mind and body works in relation to performance in physical activity.


  • Edexcel GCSE (9-1) in Physical Education has been designed to provide a smooth progression from GCSE to A level.
  • It builds on the understanding developed at Key Stage 3, supporting a smooth transition to the next level of study.
  • Encourages learners to become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and physical activities.
  • Helps students develop important transferable skills for progression to the next level, including numeracy, communication and an understanding of practical performances.
  • The blend of scientific and social knowledge positions candidates to access a range of qualifications.


Aims and Objectives

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:

  • Develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge and understanding to improve performance
  • Understand how the physiological and psychological state affects performance in physical activity and sport
  • Perform effectively in different physical activities by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas
  • Develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance in physical activity and sport
  • Understand the contribution that physical activity and sport make to health, fitness and well-being
  • Understand the key socio-cultural influences that can affect people’s involvement in physical activity and sport.


Details of studies per year

Students receive 5 hours of GCSE PE per fortnight – this is broken down into practical and theory lessons as both elements contribute to the assessment.

  • The 5 hours consist of 3 theory lessons and 2 practical lesson.
  • GCSE Physical Education students are role models for the subject and should perform at their best throughout each lesson.
  • Students will also have opportunities to attend sporting events, a residential trip and access to more sport and exercise throughout their participation in the course.



Component Assessment Content Overview
Component 1:

Fitness and Body Systems



Written examination:

1 hour and 45 minutes


36% of the qualification


Topic 1: Applied anatomy and


Topic 2: Movement analysis

Topic 3: Physical training

Topic 4: Use of

Component 2:

Health and Performance


Written examination:

1 hour and 15 minutes


24% of the qualification


Topic 1: Health, fitness and well-being

Topic 2: Sport psychology

Topic 3: Socio-cultural influences

Topic 4: Use of data

Component 3:

Practical Performance



Non-examined assessment:

internally marked and

externally moderated


30% of the qualification

105 marks,

(35 marks per activity)


One team activity, one individual activity and a free choice from the list published by the DfE

·         Skills in isolation

·         Skills in a competitive/formal situation

Component 4:

Personal Exercise Programme (PEP)


Non-examined assessment:

internally marked and

externally moderated

10% of the qualification

20 marks

·         Aim and planning analysis

·         Carrying out and monitoring the PEP

·         Evaluation of the PEP

KS5 Curriculum

BTEC National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science

Exam Board – Edexcel


The course

The BTEC is a two year course. Over that time students will study 7 units that are designed to challenge, inspire and prepare you for university and the work place. Some of the units include Anatomy for Sports and Exercise, Sport and Exercise Physiology and Sport and Exercise Psychology as well as 4 other units from a wider choice.


It is designed to provide specialist work-related qualifications in a variety of different sectors, giving students the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to prepare them for employment. We expect students to pick at least 1 A-Level course to complement this course.



The BTEC course is a mixture of written exams, controlled assessments and coursework assignments that are submitted regularly throughout the 2 year course.


2 Units – Written exams (Functional Anatomy and Sport and Exercise Physiology)

1 Unit – Controlled Assessment (Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology)

4 Units – Coursework


Tasks will be set and marked by a member of the PE staff. Each task is collated by the candidate into an evidence portfolio which is marked by a PE moderator and externally verified by the exam board. Portfolios are marked as Pass, Merit, or Distinction. Students will also have the opportunity to obtain other qualifications including coaching awards and first aid awareness.


A-Level in Physical Education

Exam Board – OCR


The course

At A-Level you will study and gain in depth understanding of Anatomy and Physiology, Movement skills, Socio-Cultural Issues in Sport and Performance and Critical Analysis.




There will be 3 written exam papers and also a practical unit in the A-Level.


Written Components

  • Physiological Factors affecting Performance. 30% of course. 2 hour exam.
  • Physiological Factors affecting Performance. 20% of course. 1 hour exam.
  • Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sports. 20% of the course. 1 hour exam.


Practical Component

  • 1 Practical Activity. (This comprises 20% of the course with an oral evaluation of performance making up 10% of the course) = 30% of final grade.
  • Extra-curricular opportunities

At St Edward’s C of E Academy, we pride ourselves on providing the students with many opportunities to develop their skills during and outside of lessons. We offer many extra-curricular activities before and after school as well as lunchtimes, which all pupils are welcome to attend. These include: Football, Netball, Basketball, Trampolining, Table Tennis, Gymnastics and Athletics.


Where can PE take you in the future?

Physical education lends itself to a range of careers in sports and fitness as well as other industries that you may not have considered before. Some careers that you could consider doing with PE include:

  • Sports science
  • PE teacher
  • Physiotherapist
  • Professional sportsperson
  • Sports coach/consultant
  • Sports policy at local and national level
  • Diet and fitness instructor
  • Personal trainer
  • Nutritionist