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Key Stage 3 Physical Education


All students follow a compulsory core programme of physical education in years 7 and 8, covering a wide variety of games and sporting activities. Students will have 4 lessons a fortnight and will develop skills through a structured format improving their performance and game play, as well as, health, fitness and well-being.

Students will participate in a wide variety of sports from traditional activities such as, football and rugby as well as developing student opportunity through alternative sports such as, trampolining, dance, gymnastics and handball.


What will I learn?


Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of sports through performance based activities. Areas taught will be around physical performance, interpretation of rules as well as opportunities to develop leadership skills.

Students will be assessed through learning statements and they will have the opportunity to set personalised targets in order to develop their thinking. These targets will be designed in order to improve and develop student performance with the guidance of their teacher. The approach of the holistic student will be the main priority as well developing the mind and understanding of sport such as sportsmanship. It is a vital to develop teamwork and respect, always having in mind the academy values and ethos at heart.


How will I be assessed?


Assessment will take place through a tiered system of learning statements that are grade from 1-6. These statement have a variety of categories that we feel can develop the holistic student as mentioned above. Students have the opportunity to develop their performance depending on the activity and statement allocated.

The learning statements:

  • Skill, Performance and Game Play
  • Leadership
  • Decision Making
  • Analysis of Performance
  • Health and Fitness


Students will have the opportunity to experience a variety of assessment processes in lessons by answering and asking questions as well as assessing through self and peer assessment. Technology is important in the ever changing landscape and moving forward student will be involved in using iPads for video analysis and to see model performances in action. This all-encompassing approach will develop the needs of all students to demonstrate their unlimited potential.


What could I move on to?


Performance and understanding in core physical education lesson could develop a passion for further study and this could lead to a choice to student at key stage 4 (please see KS4 PE) and develop their knowledge further. In lessons PE staff take this in to consideration when planning and delivering lesson and always input GCSE PE content in to the lessons to give a flavour of what they would expect to study at KS4.

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KS4 Physical Education


All students follow a compulsory core programme of Physical Education in Years 9, 10 and 11, covering a wide range of games and sporting activities. Students will have 4 lessons a fortnight and will be able to choose from a variety of options which include more traditional sports such as football and netball, as well as alternative sports such as trampolining and handball.


KS4 Physical Education GCSE


Course title and type of qualification: GCSE PE


What will I learn?


GCSE Physical Education is an ideal course for students who enjoy physical education and have a strong interest in the world of sport and exercise.

We use AQA syllabus for GCSE PE. It is made up of two main areas: practical and theory. Students submit 4 different practical activities that count towards their final grade. Their practical grades must be taken from two different types of activities: two must be as a player/performer and the other two practical activities can be through the role of a coach, leader, choreographer or official.

Students work on improving their practical grades in practical lessons throughout the course.  Candidates can be assessed in sports that they do not do in school, such as horse-riding or skiing.

The theoretical element is comprised of a variety of different sections including topics. Some examples of the topics we cover are:

  • Training
  • Diet
  • School influences
  • Emotional health and wellbeing
  • Cultural and social factors
  • The media
  • Sponsorship
  • Competitions


Due to the nature of the course, students are expected to have a sound level of understanding and knowledge of rules and tactics of games / activities. Students should also have some level of involvement in extra-curricular sport within, or outside of school.


How will I be assessed?

Candidates will sit 2 exams at the end of the course which are worth 60% of their total mark. The exams are made up of multiple-choice questions, short answer questions and a scenario based question. The other 40% is made up of practical performance and analysis of performance.


What could I move onto?

The course has a clear transition route from GCSE PE to A Level PE or Level 3 BTEC (Sport) at Sixth Form. This is a fantastic course for students who are thinking about a career in sport or other sports-related careers such physiotherapy, dieticians and nutritionists, psychologists etc.

Medical degrees value A Level Physical Education due to the high content of anatomy and physiology. Therefore if students are thinking of a career in the medical professions, the GCSE in PE is a good stepping stone.


Examination Board: AQA

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KS4 BTEC Sport First Award (PE)


Course title and type of qualification: BTEC First Award in Sport


What will I learn?


BTEC Sport is vocational qualification, where learners develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. Learners are required to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills include: teamwork; working from a prescribed brief; working to deadlines; presenting information effectively and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes.


Students will apply their knowledge and understanding in vocational and realistic contexts, develop and apply practical and technical skills, acting with increasing independence and develop generic skills for work through management of self, working in a team and the use of a variety of relevant communication and presentation skills.


The course is assessed over three years through coursework plus a tested unit. It would suit those students who prefer, and do better in project work rather than exams.  This qualification is awarded with Pass, Merit and Distinction (*) grading equal to one 1 - 5 GCSE grade. It is made up of four units:

  • Fitness for Sport and Exercise
  • Practical Sports Performance
  • The Mind and Sports Performance
  • The Sports Performer in Action


How will I be assessed?

Students will complete the three internal units with only one submission and will be graded Level 1, Level 2 Pass, Level 2 Merit, Level 2 Distinction, Level 2 Distinction* based on the criteria for the specific unit. The externally assessed unit is completed as an online test which lasts for one hour and has 50 marks. Observation records will be carried out and signed by teachers to confirm students have completed all work including practical tasks, presentations, interviews and comment on time management, organisation and self-discipline.


What could I move onto?

The course has a clear transition route from BTEC Sport Level 2 to Level 3 BTEC (Sport) at Sixth Form. This is a fantastic course for students who are thinking about a career in sport or other sports-related careers such sports coaching, sports development officer, sports therapist etc.


Examination Board: Edexcel

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Abbey Multi Academy Trust,

c/o Chapter House,

Abbey Grange Church of England Academy,

Butcher Hill, Leeds, LS16 5EA

Tel: 0113 257877

Bishop Young Academy

Bishops Way



LS14 6NU


Tel: 0113 273 9100  Fax: 0113 273 4216

Company No.: 07705552