Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4 students continue to have a two lessons of PE each week as core PE, but also have the option to choose PE or Sport as an option choice and receive three additional PE lessons.

Year 10

In core PE all students  follow the Sports Leader Level 1 training course and then have the opportunity to gain the experience of leading sports/PE lessons and gain the award.

We have compulsory four week sections on Health/Fitness and Athletics in both Years 10 and 11.

Students are able to select from various options that include many of the Key Stage 3 activities, but also include several off-site activities such as indoor tennis, golf, squash, fitness classes, boxercise, volleyball, tae-kwon-do, hockey and health gyms.


The Key Stage 4 option course follows the AQA GCSE PE or the BTEC SPORT courses depending on student needs. The GCSE course is more academic and assessed through practical coursework and a final exam. The BTEC course is assessed through continuous coursework based on projects regarding sporting issues.

Year 11

Students opting for GCSE PE will follow the AQA Specification where they will be required to complete a written paper on ‘Knowledge and understanding of the active participator’.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • The participant as an individual
  • Physical and mental demands of performance
  • Leisure and recreation
  • Diet
  • Health, fitness and a healthy active lifestyle
  • Training
  • School and physical education
  • Cultural and social factors
  • Opportunities for further involvement
  • International factors
  • Social factors 

Students will also take part in a practical controlled assessment where participants are assessed in 4 different areas of sports in a range of different roles including player/performer, coach, official, organiser and choreographer.

Participants must take a mix of both games and individual activities.

Students will complete a written controlled assessment piece evaluating either their own performance in one of their chosen sports, or another participant’s performance in their chosen sport.  They must then design a training programme which will prioritise their weaknesses and build upon them.

Students opting for the BTEC Sport Course will complete 4 units during Year 10 and 11. The units covered include Fitness for sport, Practical sport, The Sports Performer in Action and Leading sport activities.

Unit1- Fitness for sport and exercise. This unit is assessed via test completed online. The content of the course looks at aspects of fitness that are required for successful sport and exercise activities. Topics that are covered are looking at the various fitness components needed for sport and exercise, how we determine and measure exercise intensity for training and specific training principles that coaches and athletes will design to train for different demands of the sport or exercise activity they take part in. Time is also spent looking at different training methods and fitness testing methods.

Unit 2- Practical Sport- This unit is split into 3 sections. Students spend time demonstrating knowledge and understanding of rules, regulations and scoring systems of two sports of their choice. They also focus on the roles and responsibilities of the officials in these sports in detail. This section is assessed through written coursework in the form of an information booklet. The second section of the course is the practical element, where students have to provide video evidence of themselves demonstrating skills, techniques and tactics in both practice and competitive environments (Full sides games, official competitions). The third section of this units gets students to reflect on their practical skills and abilities through a written self-evaluation.

Unit 4- The Sports Performer in Action- This unit combines sport and science, where learners focus on how the musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory system develop with both short and long term health benefits through taking part in regular exercise. Students demonstrate this through the form of poster display material and verbal presentations. The second section of this unit looks at how energy systems within the body work to provide energy for sports performers to sustain exercise and performance levels. This is assessed again through poster display and presentation form.

Unit 6- Leading Sports Activities- This unit engages learners with the skills, qualities and responsibilities needed to be a successful leader, coach or manager. They focus on all of these attributes and produce a written assessment in the form of a newspaper article that focuses on two leaders of their choice. The second section of the unit is practical based, where they will lead a small group of younger children in a sports activity session. Finally, learners will reflect on their skills as a leader and produce a written evaluation of their leadership skills.