Year 7 and 8

Students in year 7 have two hours of physical education a week.

Practical performance is assessed formally six times a year (every half term) where students receive a mark out of 10 for each activity taught. They then receive a Beginning, Developing or Secure based on their attainment in their three highest scoring activities.

In practical lessons students are taught the names of muscles, the importance of warming up and cooling down prior to exercise and the effects of exercise on the body.

In year 8 students sit one theory exam at the end of term 3. This is based on muscle names, the importance of warming up and cooling down, the effects of exercise on the body and knowledge of rules, regulations and skills.

Year 9 (KS4)


Students in year 9 have two hours of physical education a week.

In KS4 core only students’ Attitude to Learning is assessed.

Year 10 and 11


Students in year 10 have one hour of physical education a week.

Lessons tackle more complex and more demanding physical activities.

KS4 BTEC Sport

Students following the BTEC sport course receive two one hour lessons each week.

Lessons are a combination of theory work and practical work.

The course is a 120 guided learning hour qualification (equivalent in teaching time to one GCSE).

Students follow core units (60 guided hours) and optional units (60 learning hours).

There are two core units. One focuses on essential knowledge and the other focuses on applying essential vocational skills.

Students will follow core unit 1 (fitness for sport and exercise) which is externally assessed by an online examination and contributes to 25% of the final grade.

They will also follow core unit 2 (practical sports performance) which is internally assessed.

There are two optional specialist units. Students will follow optional unit 5 (training for personal fitness) and optional unit 6 (leading sports activities).

Students will be graded at Level 2 Pass, Level 2 Merit, Level 2 Distinction, Level 2 Distinction *, Level 1 and Unclassified.


Students will receive two one hour lessons each week. Lessons will be a combination of theory and practical work.

The course enables students to explore various aspects of sport. It also enables students to enjoy and understand the benefits sport can have on a healthy active lifestyle. In addition, the course provides a platform for students to explore other relevant career opportunities.

Students are prepared throughout the two years to be able to sit two 1 hour 15 minute exams each worth 30 percent of the overall final grade achieved.

Paper 1: the human body and movement in physical activity and sport. Students will be assessed in their knowledge of applied anatomy and physiology, movement analysis, physical training and the use of data.

Paper 2: socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport. Students will be assessed in the knowledge of sports psychology, sociocultural influences, health, fitness and well-being, and the use of data.

The final part of the course, where students can earn the remaining 40 percent of their overall grade, comes from a non-examined assessment. Practical performance in 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).


Who is this course for?

This course is for people contemplating a career in the Leisure and Recreation sector, Coaching, Teaching, Physiotherapy/Sports Therapy or the rapidly expanding Health and Fitness industry.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You need to have four GCSEs including English Language and Maths at grade 4 or above.

What are the key things you'll learn?

Over the two years you will study a variety of practical, theoretical and applied sport and exercise topics including:

  • Anatomy

  • Exercise Health and Lifestyle

  • Physiology

  • Psychology

How will you be assessed?

Year 12 - 2 external exams

year 13 - 2 pieces of coursework internally assessed externally verified.

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