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Physical Education

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

From years 7-9, students will cover some 20 different sports and activities to broaden their understanding of sport and give them an opportunity to find something they enjoy. We have two main aims; firstly, to develop lifelong participation in sport through fun and engaging physical education, which can last well beyond school years. Secondly, we aim to develop social, personal, cognitive and physical skills through the curriculum.

Skills such as leadership, organisation, and the ability to give feedback, resilience, independence and responsibility will all be taught and assessed throughout the KS3 curriculum. Thus, we believe students can become equipped to be successful citizens and employees when they leave school.

Year 7 Curriculum Plan 2023-24

Year 8 Curriculum Plan 2023-24

Year 9 Curriculum Plan 2023-24

KS4 Curriculum

Core Physical Education

All Key Stage 4 students will receive three 1-hour lessons of PE per fortnight. Within these lessons, they will follow Pathways, which include a wide range of sports. Within our PE lessons, the aim is to promote engagement and lifelong activity, whilst continuing to develop and challenge important life skills such as leadership, teamwork and independence.

The Sport Pathways shown below:

Year 10 Curriculum Plan 2023-24

Year 11 Curriculum Plan 2023-24

Key Stage 4 - OCR Level 1 & 2 Cambridge National Sports Science
R180: Reducing the risk of sports injuries and dealing with common medical conditions

Different factors which influence the risk and severity of injury

Warm up and cool down routines

Different types and causes of sports injuries

Reducing risk, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions, causes, symptoms and treatment of medical conditions.

R181: Applying the principles of training: fitness and how it affects skill performance

Components of fitness applied in sport

Principles of training in sport

Organising and planning a fitness training programme

Evaluate own planning and delivery of a fitness training programme

R182: The body's response to physical activity and how technology informs this

How the use of technology supports:

The cardio-respiratory system in different sports and their intensities

The musculo-skeletal system in different sports and their movements

Short-term and long-term effects of exercise on the cardiorespiratory and musculo-skeletal systems

R180: (40% of the overall grade) Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes 
R181 & R182 (60% of the overall grade)

Non-examined assessment:

Coursework is marked by teachers and moderated by the exam board.

WHO TO CONTACT FOR FURTHER GUIDANCE Mr Merriman, Director of Learning: 

What skills and interests do I need?

There will be a considerable amount of written work required. Due to the nature of the course being heavily coursework based, you will need to be able to keep to tight time frames & regularly meet coursework deadlines. There needs to be a willingness to take part in a wide range of practical sports. Strong organisational skills are required to ensure you have the necessary clothing & kit. You will develop skills in independent research, ICT, sport science, decision-making, data collection & interpretation & communication.

Will there be any specific equipment I will need, or trips/visits I will need to attend?

Full PE Kit

What course and career pathways will there be with this qualification?

Level 3 vocational qualifications, such as Cambridge Technicals, BTEC’s or A-Level

Examples of areas of further study and employment are:- Fitness instructor, Personal trainer, Sports coach, PE teacher, Sports therapist, Physiotherapy, Sports development officer, Journalist, Leisure facility manager, Events organiser, Sport psychologist, Sports scientist, Youth development worker.

Do I need to study this course at GCSE to study it at Post 16?

Desirable but not essential.

Key Stage 5 - Cambridge Technical Sports Courses

Diploma = 2 A-Levels

Extended Certificate = 1 A-Level


At Level 3, students develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of activities and environments within the sports sector and now have the opportunity to specialise in different aspects of sports performance and sports development. The focus remains on enhancing a student’s employability, so all units are directly relevant to real life work situations.

There are 3 externally examined units and a choice of centre-assessed units. The units may include the following:

  • Sports coaching and leadership activity
  • Sports Injuries and rehabilitation
  • Exercise and the body systems
  • Effects of physical activity
  • Organisation of sport within the UK
  • Evaluating performance within a sport

It will develop knowledge and understanding of the sports sector. This course is perfect for students who wish to prepare for employment in sport and the physical activity sector. This course will involve practical and theory lessons, with a variety of assessment methods, including examinations, practical work and written assignments.



Attendance is crucial throughout the course as there will be many assignments issued to you that will require completion to a set of deadlines. As well as this, the demands of the course are such that vital course content and practical sessions will form a basis for the information required to complete the assignments and low attendance will impact on students’ subject knowledge and awareness.


The units are graded as Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. The qualification for the Extended Certificate is graded as Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. The Diploma is graded as PP, PM, MM, MD, DD, DD*, D*D*.

Moving On:

By learning a wide range of topics, pupils are able to get a taste of the types of skills and roles available within the sport and physical activity industry. These roles could include coaching or leadership, but may also lead them to study sports coaching, sports science or sport psychology at university. 


For the Extended Certificate, students take one exam each year, and complete 3 more units which are assessed via coursework and some practical work.

For the Diploma option, students follow the same as the Extended Certificate, with 4 additional units of coursework which again feature a small amount of practical work.

Student destinations following Level 3 Sport and Physical Activity

Sports is a vast industry within the UK that has numerous options for employment for young people. This could be coaching or personal training, sports administration and organisation, or sport science. Students completing Level 3 Sport and Activity have a range of options available to them, including employment in any of these industries, or further study at university or college.