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Key Stage 4 Subjects

Physical Education

Students in Year 10 and Year 11 follow one of two different physical education pathways.

Some students benefit from a more applied approach, with learning placed in a vocational context, and for whom entirely exam based subjects are not the most appropriate pathway. These students will complete a BTEC First Award in Sport. This is equivalent to a GCSE qualification with assessment being split between examination and ongoing standardised teacher assessment.

All students complete the BTEC First Award course as part of their core PE lessons, unless they have chosen GCSE PE as their preference. This qualification consists of 2 mandatory units plus 2 optional units which have been selected by the school as detailed below.

Unit 1 – Fitness for Sport and Exercise (examined)

In this unit students:

  • learn about the components of fitness and the principles of training
  • explore different fitness training methods
  • investigate fitness testing to determine fitness levels

Unit 2 – Practical Sports Performance (coursework assessment)

In this unit students:

  • learn about the rules, regulations and scoring systems for selected sports
  • practically demonstrate skills, techniques and tactics in selected sports
  • review sports performance

Unit 4 – The Sports Performer in Action (coursework assessment)

In this unit students:

  • discover the short-term responses and long-term adaptations of body systems to exercise
  • learn about the different energy systems used during sports performance

Unit 5 – Training for Personal Fitness (coursework assessment)

In this unit students:

  • design a personal fitness training programme
  • learn about exercise adherence factors and strategies for continued training success
  • implement a self-designed personal fitness training programme to achieve own goals and objectives
  • review a personal fitness training programme.

Some students study GCSE Physical Education as part of their preference for KS4. This gives students exciting opportunities to be involved in a number of different physical activities, whilst also promoting an active and healthy lifestyle.

GCSE PE includes the compulsory study of: Applied Anatomy and Physiology, Physical Training, Sports Psychology, Socio-cultural Influences and Health, Fitness and Wellbeing. Alongside this are the skills of PE which are examined via the Non- Exam Assessment (NEA) component.

Component 1: Physical Factors Affecting Performance

This examined component introduces and explores physical factors which underpin physical activities and sports.

Learners will start to explore the way in which the parts of the human body work and function during physical activity and physiological adaptations that can occur due to diet and training. They will also develop their knowledge and understanding of the principles of training, why we train in different ways and how training plans can be made to optimise results.

Component 2: Socio-cultural Issues and Sports Psychology

Learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of sports psychology theories related to acquiring movement skills and optimising performance. Learners will be able to reflect on their own learning and performance of physical activities and sports skills to recognise the key psychological concepts affecting performance.

Learners will develop their knowledge of socio-cultural influences that impact on participation and performance in physical activities and sports. Learners will also develop their knowledge and understanding of how sport impacts on society. Engagement patterns of different social groups will be understood by learners, along with strategies to promote participation with practical examples. The commercialisation of physical activities and sports will be understood, including the influences of sponsorship and the media.

Learners will also develop their knowledge and understanding of ethical and socio-cultural issues in physical activities and sports.

Learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of the benefits of participating in physical activities and sports to their health, fitness and wellbeing. The physical, emotional and social aspects will be understood as well as the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle.

Learners will also develop their knowledge and understanding of energy use along with diet, nutrition and hydration.

Learners will develop the ability to collect and use data using examples from physical activities and sports.

Component 3: Performance within Physical Education

Learners will be required to undertake two parts within this component:

Part 1: Performance of three sports or activities, one team, one individual and one free choice from either list on DfE list.

Part 2: Performance analysis of a sport or activity from the approved DfE list. This does not have to be the same sport or activity that was undertaken in part one, although it can be. This component is assessed via NEA.

For more information about Physical Education at Manor School please contact Curriculum Lead for PE and Sport Miss T. Hustwait ().

Please follow the links below to access the full specifications for each subject on the awarding body website.

The GCSE Physical Education specification can be downloaded on:
GCSE Physical Education Specification

The BTEC First Award in Sport specification can be downloaded on:
BTEC First Award Specification

The BBC Bitesize revision website has a range of activities and test materials for GCSE subjects. The link below will take you to the GCSE subject page for Physical Education where you can choose a topic to revise:
BBC Bitesize PE