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Physical Education

Physical Education is a Core Subject.

Why is PE so important?

  • It helps to improve your fitness
  • It helps you to understand healthy lifestyles
  • It helps to improve your social skills
  • It gives you opportunities to try activities that you will enjoy and carry on with outside of school
  • It helps to develop your leadership and interpersonal skills
  • It develops confidence

Do I have to do PE if I don’t like sport?

Yes. There are many different activities for you to try split between multiple disciplines, but all aimed at creating a breadth in which you will hopefully find an activity to carry on with in the future and help maintain/promote a healthy lifestyle.

What will we do?

A wide variety of activities, some competitive, some recreational, indoor and outdoor, classes and fitness based sessions.

Can I come to extra-curricular clubs?

Yes. Everyone is welcome to attend the many extra-curricular clubs and teams that are run at the Academy both at lunch time and after school. Displays on the PE boards give details of all activities, clubs and teams on offer.

What happens if I am injured?

If you are unable to take part in a normal lesson you will be asked to take an active role in coaching or officiating within the lesson. A note from parents or carers is needed to validate injury or illness.

Qualification: GCSE PE
Examination: OCR

Our student results on average are 15% higher at A*/A and A* - C that the national average.

The GCSE Physical Education Course will give you a good understanding of the principles behind sport and physical activity. You will cover a range of topics which will give you a greater understanding of how to lead a healthy, active lifestyle and maintain a healthy active body. 

Is this course right for you?

In order to be successful on the course you will:

  • Enjoy practical Physical Education.
  • Have a desire to learn about the human body in sport and exercise.
  • Be actively involved in sport at school and outside of school.
  • Have a keen interest in Science and in particular Biology.
  • Take part in extra-curricular clubs and activities in or out of school.

What does the course involve?

The course involves a combination of theory and practical lessons.


Component 1 Component 2

Physical factors affecting performance.

1.1 Applied Anatomy and Physiology

1.2 Physical Training

Socio-cultural issues and sport psychology

2.1 Socio Cultural Influences

2.2 Sports Psychology

2.3 Health, Fitness and Well-being

What about controlled assessments and exams?

Practical Performance - You will be assessed on your practical ability in three different sports. This will include a range of skills and participating in a full sided game or event. Your practical performance will make up 30% of your final GCSE grade. You will have to be assessed in both a team sport and an individual sport.

Final written exam - The work which you study within the theory sessions will be examined through at least one final exam in Year 11 which will be worth 60% of your final grade. (30% per paper on component one and then component two)

Analysis and evaluate performance – As part of your practical assessment you will also have to produce some work based around the improvement of performance both in terms of skills and through fitness.  This will make up 10% of your final grade. You will devise an action plan of how a skill could be improved through training.(15 hours to complete write up)

Progression opportunities (Sixth Form and beyond)

As well as being the ideal preparation for the A-Level Physical Education course, GCSE PE allows for progression to related vocational qualifications, such as BTEC Level 3 at JC6 or other providers.

The course will provide the relevant sills and subject content for students to choose a variety of careers or degree options ranging from sport science, sports coaching, sport management, sports theory, sports nutrition or sports psychology to name a few.

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