Physical Education


Key Stage 3 PE

At KS3 all pupils follow a broad and balanced program of activities that will allow them to experience a range of roles and develop the key skills and processes that pupils need to learn to make progress.

These key skills include:

  • Developing skills in physical activity
  • Making and applying decisions
  • Developing physical and mental capacity
  • Evaluating and improving
  • Making informed choices about healthy, active lifestyles

BBall 1During KS3 students will cover at least four of the following, through a variety of activities, as part of their Physical Education Programme of Study:

  • outwitting opponents, as in games activities
  • accurate replication of actions, phrases and sequences, as in gymnastic activities
  • exploring and communicating ideas, concepts and emotions, as in dance activities
  • performing at maximum levels in relation to speed, height, distance, strength or accuracy, as in athletic activities
  • identifying and solving problems to overcome challenges of an adventurous nature, as in life saving and personal survival in swimming and outdoor activities
  • exercising safely and effectively to improve health and wellbeing, as in fitness and health activities.

During the key stage pupils will be offered the following opportunities that are integral to their learning and enhance their engagement with the concepts, processes and content of the subject.

The curriculum will provide opportunities for pupils to:

  • get involved in a broad range of different activities that, in combination, develop the whole body
  • experience a range of roles within a physical activity
  • specialise in specific activities and roles
  • follow pathways to other activities in and beyond school
  • perform as an individual, in a group or as part of a team in formal competitions or performances to audiences beyond the class
  • use ICT as an aid to improving performance and tracking progress
  • make links between PE and other subjects and areas of the curriculum.

Skills and Knowledge Checklist

Edexcel GCSE Physical Education


Why choose Pearson GCSE in Physical Education?

Clear and coherent structure – our qualification has a straightforward structure with four engaging and up-to-date components that are assessed through externally examined papers and internally assessed components.

Clear question papers – we have focused on ensuring that our question papers are clear and accessible for students and that mark schemes are straightforward in making the requirements clear.

Provides a real applied focus – the new specification content encourages students to contextualise theory and to develop and apply their knowledge, understanding and quality of performances in practical assessments.

Reflects today’s global world – students will engage with key issues and themes relating to contemporary global influences on physical education and sport.

Develops transferable skills – students will develop a multitude of skills, including numeracy, communication and an understanding of practical performances in order to support progression to the next level of study. The blend of scientific and social knowledge positions students to access a range of qualifications.

Develops a holistic understanding of physical education – stimulating content is at theAthletics National Final 2015 Team (1) heart of this engaging qualification. Students  will receive a well-rounded and full introduction to the world of PE, sport and sport science through the combination of physical performance and academic challenges.

Supports progression to A Level – we planned our GCSE and A Level specifications together. This ensures sensible progression of content from GCSE to A Level and similar approaches to assessment, so that students will have a coherent and diverse experience of physical education if they take both a Pearson Edexcel GCSE and A Level in Physical Education.

Supports progression from Key Stage 3 – we have designed the GCSE to build on and embed the physical development and skills earned in key stage 3, encouraging learners to become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and physical activities whilst deepening their knowledge of content studied previously.

Qualification at a glance

Content and assessment overview

The Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9–1) in Physical Education consists of two externally-examined papers and two non-examined assessment components.

Component 1: Fitness and Body Systems (*Component code: 1PE0/01)

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes

36% of the qualification

90 marks

Content overview

  • Topic 1: Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Topic 2: Movement analysis
  • Topic 3: Physical training
  • Topic 4: Use of data

Assessment overview

The assessment consists of multiple-choice, short-answer, and extended writing questions.

Component 2: Health and Performance (*Component code: 1PE0/02)

Written examination: 1 hour and 15 minutes

24% of the qualification

70 marks

Content overview

  • Topic 1: Health, fitness and well-being
  • Topic 2: Sport psychology
  • Topic 3: Socio-cultural influences
  • Topic 4: Use of data

Assessment overview

The assessment consists of multiple-choice, short-answer, and extended writing questions.

Component 3: Practical Performance (*Component code: 1PE0/03)

Non-examined assessment: internally marked and externally moderated

30% of the qualification

105 marks (35 marks per activity)

Content overview

  • Skills during individual and team activities
  • General performance skills

Assessment overview

The assessment consists of students completing three physical activities from a set list.

One must be a team activity.

One must be an individual activity.

The final activity can be a free choice.

Students must participate in three separate activities.

Component 4: Personal Exercise Programme (PEP) (*Component code: 1PE0/04)

Non-examined assessment: internally marked and externally moderated

10% of the qualification

20 marks

Content overview

  • Aim and planning analysis
  • Carrying out and monitoring the PEP
  • Evaluation of the PEP

Assessment overview

The assessment consists of students producing a Personal Exercise Programme (PEP), and

will require students to analyse and evaluate their performance.

Cambridge Technical Level 3 Certificate/ Extended Certificate in Sport and Physical Activity


Do you want to have the opportunity, through applied learning, to develop the core specialist knowledge, skills and understanding required in the sport and physical activity sector? Then the Level 3 Certificate/Extended Certificate in Sport and Physical Activity is the subject for you. You will gain a Level 3 qualification to support further study, which attracts UCAS points that students can use when applying to University

Summary of course content
Mandatory Units
Unit 1 Body systems and the effects of physical activity
Unit 2 Sports coaching and activity leadership
Unit 3 Sports organisation and development

Optional Units May Include
Nutrition and diet for sport and exercise
Sports injuries and rehabilitation
Practical skills in sport and physical activity
Sport and Exercise Psychology

Entry requirements
PE – grade 4 *
Science – grade 4
Maths – grade 4
English – grade 4
* Can be taken without previously having studied PE

Teaching Staff and expertise
Mr P Park (Department Leader) – expert in Sports coaching, Sports organisation and development, Sport and exercise psychology and Practical skills in sport and physical activity. Over 15 years’ experience teaching KS5 Physical Education courses.
Miss R Clarke (Deputy Department Leader) – expert in teaching Sport and Exercise Psychology, Sports Nutrition and Sports injuries and rehabilitation. Over 15 years’ experience teaching KS5 Physical Education courses.
Miss J Crabb – expert in teaching Sports coaching, Sports organisation and development and Practical skills in sport and physical activity.

Where this could lead you
Students with a Level 3 in Sport and Physical Activity typically go on to further study in Further Education or Higher Education in sport and physical activity or in any other subject or subject area or sport-related apprenticeships

How is the course examined?
The Certificate consists of Units 1 & 2 totalling 180 Guided Learning Hours (GLH). This is studied in Year 12.
The Extended Certificate consists of Units 1 & 2 plus Unit 3 (60 GLH) together with optional Units totalling a further 120 GLH. This is studied in Year 13.
Units 1 and 3 are externally assessed by exam (re-sits available).
All other units are internally assessed by centre staff and externally moderated
The qualification is graded Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction*
Distinction*= 56 UCAS points (A* equivalent)
Distinction = 48 UCAS points (A equivalent)
Merit = 32 UCAS points (C equivalent)
Pass = 16 UCAS points (E equivalent)

Non-exam assessment (NEA): Practical performance in physical activity and sport

The non-exam assessment (NEA) aspect of the qualification requires students to develop their ability and aptitude in physical activity, demonstrating appropriate skills and techniques outlined below. This aspect of the specification requires students to:

  • perform a range of skills and techniques in physical activity and sport
  • make decisions, implement strategies, tactics and/or compositional ideas, and apply knowledge and understanding of rules and regulations while performing physical activity and sport
  • apply knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts, principles and methods to physical activity and performance
  • evaluate performance in physical activity and sport, applying relevant knowledge and understanding.

There are two aspects to the NEA:

  1. performance assessment (practical performance)
  2. performance analysis assessment (analysis and evaluation).

What’s assessed

Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity.


written/verbal analysis of performance.

How it’s assessed

  • Internal assessment, external moderation
  • 90 marks
  • 30% of A-level

PE Kit

Information about the correct school PE Kit can be found on the Uniforms section of the website. Along with advice on what trainers are recommended for use in PE.

Exam Boards

Extra-Curricular Opportunities 

The department runs a highly successful extra-curricular program which caters for both competitive sport and recreational activities. We have an outstanding tradition of success at local, regional, national and international level with many of our students being selected for county, regional and national squads. The department also takes a lead role in several residential trips including the popular ski course and PGL water sports.

The full extra-curricular timetable can be found here:

Department Staff

Department Leader

  • Mr P Park (Head Basketball Coach, Junior Boys’ Cross-Country, Yr. 7 Football, Boys’ Indoor Athletics, Inter Boys’ Athletics, Yr. 7 & 10 Cricket, Ski Course Leader, ESAA Cross-Country Cup County Organiser, ESAA Cross-Country Cup West Central District Regional Secretary, Halton Schools’ Cross-Country and Athletics Team Manager)

Second in Department

  • Miss R Clarke (Head Netball Coach, Girls’ Cross-Country Assistant Coach, Junior Girls’ Athletics)

Departmental Team (Full-Time)

  • Mr M Bennett (Head Football Coach, Inter Boys’ Cross-Country, Junior Boys’ Athletics, Yr. 8 & 9 Cricket)
  • Miss N Wilkes (Girls’ Football Lead Coach, Girls’ Basketball Lead Coach, Girls’ Cross-Country Lead Coach, Netball Assistant Coach, Girls’ Indoor Athletics, Inter Girls’ Athletics)

Departmental Team (Part-Time)

  • Mr J Callaghan (Head Rugby Coach)
  • Mr M Smiddy (MBE) (Fitness-Suite Co-ordinator)
  • Mrs J Robinson (Assistant Netball Coach)

Departmental Support

  • Mr D Evans (Basketball Assistant Coach, Cross-Country Assistant Coach, Athletics Assistant Coach)
  • Mr D Mellor (Yr. 9 Football, Yr. 9 Cricket)
  • Mrs V Edwards (Rowing Coach)
  • Mr D Whitfield (KS4 Football)

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