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Year 9:

In Year 9 students are taught in single sex groups and experience a broad and balanced curriculum.  Students will be expected to adopt a range of roles from performer to coach in activities such as team and individual games, athletics, gymnastics, trampolining, dance and health-related fitness.


Year 10 & Year 11:

Physical Education GCSE - Course Leader: Mr J. Thompson

Course Description

This course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and values to develop and maintain your performance in physical activities and to understand the benefits to health, fitness and well-being. You will learn the reasons why some people outperform others both mentally and physically. You will delve into the ethical considerations behind the use of drugs and also gain an understanding of the consequences of inactivity and poor diet. Usually, one of your three lessons per week will be practically based.


Component 1 - Physical Factors Affecting Performance
(1 hour written paper, 30% of final grade)

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Physical Training

Component 2 - Socio-cultural Issues and Sports Psychology
(1 hour written paper, 30% of final grade)

  • Sports Psychology
  • Socio-Cultural Influences
  • Health, Fitness and Wellbeing 

Component 3 - Performance in Physical Education
(practical activity assessment, 40% of final grade)

  • Performance in three activities equally weighted at 20 marks each. Must be from the approved DfE list below.
  • Analysing and Evaluating Performance. Activities must be from this approved list:

Association football  (Cannot be five-a-side or Futsal)
Amateur Boxing       
Blind Cricket    
Blind Cricket
Cycling  (track or road cycling only)  
Diving - Platform diving    
Gaelic football     
Goal Ball
Hockey  (Field Hockey only – no ice or roller hockey)
Powerchair football             
Rock Climbing 
Rugby League  (Cannot be tag rugby. Can be assessed as sevens or fifteen a side)  
Rugby Union  (Cannot be tag rugby. Can be assessed as sevens or fifteen a side) 
Skiing  (Must take place on snow, can be indoor or outdoor)
Snowboarding  (Must take place on snow, can be indoor or outdoor)
Table Cricket   
Table Tennis 
Wheelchair basketball
Wheelchair rugby    

Further Comments

To be successful in GCSE PE you will need to:

  • be committed to regularly taking part in regularly taking part in extra-curricular sports clubs.
  • have achieved at least Level 6 in PE by the end of Year 9.
  • be competent at analysing your own and others’ performances.
  • be organised and equipped for every practical and theoretical lessons.
  • complete all homework tasks on time.

On occasions when the course is oversubscribed the following criteria will be used to select the cohort of students:

  • a positive attitude and a high level of effort in core PE lessons across a range of sporting activities.
  • a desire to be involved in sport displayed by a high level of participation in extra-curricular sport in and /or outside school.
  • possession of sports governing body qualifications e.g. FA Referees Award

GCSE PE will be graded on the new 9-1 scale.

Physical Education Course Leader: Mr J. Thompson

Physical Education is a compulsory National Curriculum subject and supports our school’s overall aims for our students to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.
All students receive four lessons of PE in each two-week cycle.

Key Stage 4

During Years 10 and 11 there is a variety of pathways you can follow to enhance your knowledge, understanding and skills in PE.

In core PE lessons you will have the opportunity to specialise in the areas of PE you enjoy and achieve the most success in. You will be able to chose from four pathways such as team games, individual activities, creative activities and leadership.


It is the PE department’s aim that by following a broad and balanced range of activities our students will:

  1.  Enjoy and develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities.
  2. Be physically active for sustained periods of time.
  3. Engage in competitive sports and activities.
  4. Develop their ability to analyse situations and make decisions.
  5. Reflect on their own and others’ work and find ways to improve them.
  6. Appreciate the value of exercise and lead a healthy, active lifestyle.