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.

AQA A-Level Physical Education

Why choose AQA for A-level Physical Education

A-level Physical Education allows students to play to their strengths and gain dynamic theoretical and practical skills for further education or work. Teachers, higher education, the Youth Sport Trust and other subject experts have worked together to design the specifications. You’ll be familiar with most of the content, yet a number of topics have been refreshed to reflect contemporary changes.


The A-level specification in physical education should equip students with both a depth and breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills relating to scientific, socio-cultural and practical aspects of physical education. This will require them to:

  • develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance
  • understand how physiological and psychological states affect performance
  • understand the key socio-cultural factors that influence people’s involvement in physical activity and sport
  • understand the role of technology in physical activity and sport
  • refine their ability to perform effectively in physical activity and sport by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas
  • develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance
  • understand the contribution which physical activity makes to health and fitness
  • improve as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with curious and enquiring minds.

The full course of study is made up of the following topics, as set out in the Department for Education’s Physical Education GCE AS and A-level subject content:

  • applied anatomy and physiology
  • exercise physiology
  • biomechanical movement
  • skill acquisition
  • sport psychology
  • sport and society
  • the role of technology in physical activity and sport.


Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport

What’s assessed

  • Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Section B: Skill acquisition
  • Section C: Sport and society

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 105 marks
  • 35% of A-level

Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport

What’s assessed

  • Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics
  • Section B: Sport psychology
  • Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 105 marks
  • 35% of A-level

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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