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Physical Education

Subject Leader: Mr M Robbins


GCSE Physical Education

Exam Board: AQA

Course Overview

Within this course students study for two written exams and one non-exam assessment. The first unit covers ‘The Human body and movement in physical activity and sport’ and the second unit covers ‘Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport.’ The non-exam assessment three different physical activities in the role of player/performer (one in a team activity, one in an individual activity and a third in either a team or in an individual activity). Students will participate in a variety of activities throughout the 3 year course and their best practical scores will be used for this unit. This unit is assessed through a practical exam which is assessed by an external moderator.

Assessment: 60% examination, 40% practical and controlled assessment



A Level Physical Education

Exam Board: AQA
Level: 3

Course Overview

Within this course students complete a variety of units which are assessed with written pieces of coursework. There are six units to The topics covered include:

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Skill acquisition
  • Sport and society
  • Exercise physiology and biomechanics
  • Sport psychology and sport
  • Society and technology in sport.

Assessment: 70% examination, 30% coursework


Curriculum Content 

KS3 and KS4

The Key Stage 3 and 4 curriculum involves a wide range of activities, including games activities, net games, gymnastics, fitness, dance and athletics. Specific sports taught include:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Rugby
  • Hockey
  • Table tennis
  • Netball
  • Gymnastics
  • Fitness
  • Trampolining
  • Dance
  • Volleyball
  • Handball
  • Athletics
  • Cricket
  • Softball
  • Rounders
  • Badminton

Key Stage 3 classes have two 60 minute lessons a week and Key Stage 4 classes have one 85-minute lesson per week. Each class has a 100 minute lesson per week (double period). Pupils cover a curriculum personally devised for each class by the teacher, promoting healthy living and exercise for life. The curriculum also develops a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully.

The department has the use of a four court badminton sports hall, extensive playing fields, an all-weather turf, dance studio plus two indoor halls.

There are opportunities for KS4 classes (particularly in year 11) to participate in activities off the school site to widen their experience of health and fitness in a wider setting.


Year 11 Potential Option Choices

In year 11, pupils are offered a choice of activity to take part in during their weekly P.E lesson. These off-site activities offer opportunities for KS4 classes to widen their experience of health and fitness in a wider setting.

Options for Year 11's may include:

  • Gym
  • Snooker
  • Ice Skating
  • Bowling
  • Golf
  • A Variety of On-site PE Options


Useful Website Links:

BBC Bitesize

OSL and Extra-Curricular Activities:

The department are proud to offer a diverse extra-curricular timetable which changes throughout the school year. Clubs are run at lunch time as well as after school. There is also the opportunity for pupils to compete against other schools in the Swale district as football, athletics, handball, basketball, badminton, tennis, netball, hockey, sports hall athletics, rounders, badminton and cricket. Pupils can access a full extra-curricular timetable on the school notice board.