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All students atNationalAcademy on entry to Year 7, students will have a number of taster sessions each. They cover areas that display skills in striking and fielding, net/wall games, problem solving, gymnastics and invasion type activities. Assessments will be carried out during these activities which will guide us in placing the students into groups.

The activities students participate in during year 7 -9 are: Basketball, Badmnton, Hockey, Football,Rugby, Gymnastics, Trampolining, Leadership, Netball, Short Tennis, striking and fielding, Athletics, Rounders, Cricket and Tennis. All These atea cover the range and content of outwitting opponents, Accurate replication, Exploring and communicating ideas, concepts and emotions, Performing at maximum levels, Identifying and solving problems, Exercising safely and effectively.

Students are mainly taught in single sex groups throughout years 7, 8 and 9 however we have also created a mixed sex group of usually between 20-25 pupils. Students generally remain in the groups they are placed in, but changes are frequently made to enhance progress, performance and maximise success for all pupils.



All key stage 4 Students have 2×50 min lessons a week on core PE

GCSE PE The syllabus provides candidates with the opportunity to study both practical and theoretical aspects of Physical Education. The knowledge gained should enable students to develop a greater understanding of effective and safe physical performance.

What will you learn about?

Unit 1: The Theory of Physical Education – Externally assessed

Section1.1: Healthy, active lifestyles

Topic 1.1.1: Healthy, active lifestyles and how they could benefit you.

Topic 1.1.2: Influences on your healthy, active lifestyle.

Topic 1.1.3: Exercise and fitness as part of your healthy, active lifestyle.

Topic 1.1.4: Physical activity as part of your healthy, active lifestyle.

Topic 1.1.5: Your personal health and wellbeing.

Section 1.2: Your healthy, active body

Topic 1.2.1: A healthy, active lifestyle and your cardiovascular system.

Topic 1.2.2: A healthy, active lifestyle and your respiratory system.

Topic 1.2.3:A healthy, active lifestyle and your muscular system.

Topic 1.2.4: A healthy, active lifestyle and your skeletal system.

Topic 1.2.5: Physical activity and your healthy mind and body

How will you be assessed?

This unit is assessed through an external examination.

The examination is 1 hour and 30 minutes, and includes multiple choice, short answer, and long answer questions.

The total raw mark available is 80.

Coursework – Practical:

Assessment is through four activities as:

  • A Performer
  • An
  • A Leader
  • An Official

EXAM : GCSE (Edexcel)

Examination – 40% Practical Coursework – 60% in 4 activities Students choosing this option should be competent performers in a range of P.E. activities


BTEC First Diploma in Sport (Exercise and Fitness) edexcel A BTEC First Diploma in Sport is a practical, work related course. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. This Diploma is equivalent to 4 GCSEs grades A*-E .The course is 100% coursework and comprises of six units – three core units that everybody takes and three specialist units. The specialist units enable you to study one of the two specialist pathways (sport or outdoor education) in more depth.

All students take the two core units:

  • The Body in Sport
  • Health, Safety and Injury

You then choose four specialist units from:

  • The Sports Industry
  • Preparatio for Sport
  • Planning and leading Sports Activities
  • Practical Sports
  • Practical Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
  • Work Based Project in Sport
  • Instructing Exercise and Fitness
  • Sport and Leisure Facility Operations

This course will be invaluable for students who want to study BTEC National in the sixth form or who looking for a future career in sport, leisure or outdoor activities.



The AS course comprises of 2 units that are worth 100% of the AS final grade and go towards 50% of the final A2 grade:

Unit G451 = Theory 60% – a) Anatomy and Physiology b) Acquisition of movement and skill c) Socio- Cultural Issues in Sport

Unit G452 = Practical 40% – a) Performance in two sports/ activities b) Evaluating and Planning Improvement (oral exam)

The A2 course comprises of 4 Units:

Unit G453 = Theory 35% (Option units, select 3 – at least one from A) a) Socio-cultural issues: (A1) Historical Opt (A2) Comparative Opt b) Scientific Focus: (B1) Psychology Opt (B2) Biomechanics (B3) Excercise Physiology

Unit G454 = Practical 15% a) Performance in one sport/ activity b) Evaluating, appreciation and improvement (oral exam)