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PE Key-Stage 4

After pupils all complete core PE in Year 10 and 11 which consists of four lessons over a fortnight. Students will take part in a range of practical lessons suitable and will continue to enjoy the benefits of physical activity. They will also develop their ability to make tactical and strategic decisions in a wide range of sports and activities

Pupils can also opt for GCSE PE or Level 2 Sports Studies
For GCSE PE, we follow the AQA specification where students complete 5 hours of teaching time per fortnight. Pupils are marked on 3 practical sports and one piece of written coursework.


The theory covers physiology and biomechanics, psychology and social issues. Students complete two external examinations at the end of the two year course and a practical moderation led by an external examiner.  


GCSE Physical Education

In GCSE Physical Education, the AQA specification is covered. It is currently 40% practical performance and 60% examination based. It consists of two external examinations at the end of the two year course and practical performance and written coursework.   

Paper 1 – The human body and movement in physical activity and sport.  

  What is assessed? 

    Applied anatomy and physiology, movement analysis, physical training and use of              data.  

  How it is assessed?  

    Written exam – 1 hour 15 minutes total: 78 marks 30% of GCSE.  


Paper 2 – Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport.   

  What is assessed? 

    Sports psychology, socio-cultural influences, health, fitness and well-being and use of        data.  

  How it is assessed?  

    Written exam – 1 hour 15 minutes total: 78 marks 30% of GCSE.  

    Practical performance in physical activity and sport.  

  What is assessed?  

    Practical performance in three different physical activities in the role of                                player/performer (one in a team, one in an individual activity and a third in either a              team of in an individual activity). For each activity students will be assessed in skills in        progressive drills (10 marks per activity) and in the full context (15 marks per activity).  

    Analysis and evaluation of performance to bring about improvements in one activity.  

  How it is assessed? 

    Internal assessment and external moderation total: 100 marks 40% of GCSE. 

Cambridge National Sports Studies Level 2

For Sports Studies Level 2: Pupils follow the OCR specification and complete 5 hours of teaching per fortnight. Students complete four units over the duration of the course. One of these units is an external exam, whilst the remaining three are optional units picked by us as a centre.

How is it assessed? 

Students carry out tasks/assignments throughout the course. These are marked by the teacher, and students receive feedback as to how they are getting on.  

The assessment for Unit R051: Contemporary Issues in Sport. This is the external exam marked and assessed by OCR. This is a mandatory unit which learners will develop knowledge in areas such as: Issues affecting participation, values in sport, hosting      major sporting events and the role of national governing bodies in sport.

Unit R052: Developing Sports skills is the second mandatory unit on the course. This unit learners will develop skills in a practical setting; practicing and developing skills as a performer in individual and team sports, as well as officiating in sport.

Optional Units which make up the second half of the course are:

RO53: Sports Leadership. A practical look into what makes a good leader in sport and the influences they can have.


RO54: Sport and the Media. Developing an understanding of how media works and the impact it has on sports across the world.


In core lessons during Year 11, pupils continue to have core PE lessons. The aim is to find a sport or activity that they enjoy to promote life-long participation in sport.

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