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Physical Education


Learning Journey

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Physical education helps students develop the knowledge, fitness levels, motor skills, and personal and social skills to obtain the ultimate goal of a lifetime of physical activity and health. The Physical Education Department at The English Martyrs Catholic School and Sixth Form College is dedicated to providing a broad, balanced and inclusive curriculum. We offer students the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports and physical activities in a number of roles (performer, coach, official, spectator, choreographer and organiser). A very hard working team of PE teachers and support staff offer these opportunities during curriculum lessons, extra-curricular clubs and trips.

Keystage 3

All students in KS3 have a lessons of PE.

Detailed Curriculum Information


Core PE – In Year 10 and 11 students will undertake various activities with a focus on health and fitness with the aim of gaining greater understanding of what is meant by fitness and how healthy living, combined with exercise, can be of benefit.

AQA GCSE PE – Students should only choose this subject if they participate in sport outside of timetabled lessons. At least 50% of the extra time allocated will be spent in a classroom. Students will have an additional five periods of PE per fortnight.

Practical Activities – Assessment will take place in three practical assessments from a specific list of sports. You can only be assessed in the role of performer.

Theory – Topics studied include:

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Sports psychology
  • Socio-cultural issues
  • Health and fitness
  • Commercialisation of physical activity and sport
  • Use of data


Two written exams – 60%
Practical assessments – 40%.

Detailed Curriculum Information

Sixth Form

AQA A level PE – Candidates will study a range of topics including:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Biomechanics
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Sport Psychology
  • Sport and Society
  • Energy systems
  • Elite preparation and training
  • Sports injuries


Two written exams worth 70% of the overall grade.
Practical assessment worth 30% of the overall grade.

Candidates will be assessed in their ability to play or coach in a sport of their choice, from the activity list in the specification. This must be within a full version of the game. This assessment will be completed within the first year. In the second year, students may be assessed again if they wish, in order to improve their mark. There is a written element to the practical assessment, and candidates will be required to analyse their weaknesses in attack and defence and tactics.

Detailed Curriculum Information

A level Physical Education is co-taught (combined y12 and 13 classes). This means that, depending on when a student begins the course, they will either cover Paper One or Paper Two topics first.

Alongside this, students complete written and practical coursework. The written aspect requires an analysis and evaluation of the student’s weaknesses within their own sport, in relation to two key areas. The practical element requires students to be filmed, in a fully competitive situation, performing a sport of their choice. This needs to be completed on a number of occasions, and the student submits their ‘best performance’. This work starts in Y12 and is completed by the Christmas of Y13. This unit is worth 30% of the overall A level. Very little classroom time is spent on this, as there is so much content. Therefore, students are expected to complete this work predominantly during non-contact time either at home or during free periods within college.