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Sir William Ramsay School

Empowering Everyone to Achieve

Physical Education (PE)

Department Staff

Mr J Cook

Head of PE

Mr D Thomas

Deputy Head of PE

Ms G Davis

Teacher of PE

Miss K Grigg

Teacher of PE

Mr H Smith

Teacher of PE

Miss E Bird

Teacher of PE

Curriculum Intent

While attending Sir William Ramsay School our students will experience a curriculum that has been designed to inspire and motivate them in the world of Sport. Through this our students will develop a range of personal skills including teamwork, graciousness and resilience. Our lessons will equip them with the confidence to succeed and enjoy a variety of sporting activities and will enable them to perform leadership roles. This will then allow students to develop habits that will support them in gaining positive mental well-being and maintaining lifelong fitness beyond their school experience.


KS3 National Curriculum – PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Departmental Aims of Physical Education

Teach lessons that offer students the opportunity to:

1.Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities

2.Be engaged in competitive sports and activities

3.Be physically active for sustained periods of time lead healthy, active lives.

  1. Develop their confidence, determination, self-awareness and sportsmanship.
  2. Engage a high number of students in extra curricular opportunities

The Physical Education Curriculum

Students build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in key stages 1 and 2, become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and physical activities. They are taught what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work. They develop the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and in later life, and understand and apply the long-term health benefits of physical activity.

Students are taught to:

  • use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders, rugby and tennis]
  • develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports [for example, athletics and gymnastics]
  • perform dances using advanced dance techniques in a range of dance styles and forms
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group
  • analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best
  • take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs

KS4 Core PE National Curriculum – PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Physical education is compulsory for all Year 10 and 11 students.  Emphasis is placed on recreational and sporting activities for personal enjoyment and fitness as well as promoting and developing high levels of skill in particular sports. Students have the opportunity to participate in Netball, Badminton, Athletics, Cricket, Rounders, Tennis, Handball, Boxercise, Basketball, Football, Rugby, Football and Fitness Gym.

The core Physical Education programme aims to build upon many of the activities covered in Key Stage 3, in order to develop the depth of understanding which would allow the student to continue to enjoy that activity once they leave school.

Within the core PE programme for a group of motivated students there will be the opportunity to undertake a Sports Leaders Level 1 Award. This qualification would support those undertaking the GCSE Sports Science course or for those who would like to gain a qualification relating to working with young people. During core PE lessons students will complete tasks relating to how we plan and run sporting activities. The lessons for this will be taught through a combination of practical and theory lessons.


Course Outline

This course is in addition to the compulsory core PE programme that students follow from year 7 through to the end of year 11. It looks at sport and healthy active lifestyles in far greater detail than is possible in the core PE programme, both practically and theoretically.

Many of our students already participate in physical activity at a high level and have a passion for competing, training and leading healthy active lifestyles. The GCSE PE course allows students to develop their practical performances in a variety of sports and take their knowledge and understanding to a new level, whilst gaining a recognised qualification in a subject they enjoy.

Due to the relatively high percentage of grade based on practical assessment we recommend that students have a level 6C or above at the end of Key Stage 3 in order to be successful in this subject at GCSE level. 


The GCSE is assessed through 3 core components:

Theory examination (60%)

Practical performance (30%)

Coursework (10%)

Practical Performance

Students will be assessed in three practical activities. These must be a combination of team and individual sports.

Theory Examination

The theory aspect of this course is taught through both classroom based and practical lessons and is assessed through 2 written examinations.

  • Physical Factors Affecting Performance
  • Socio-Cultural Issues and Sports Psychology


Students will be required to complete one piece of coursework:

  • Analysing and Evaluating Performance


This is an ideal course for those students with a passion and talent for sport and provides a good grounding for further studies at AS/A2 level, Sports Leadership courses and BTEC Level 3 Sport courses in the Sixth Form. This is a sound stepping stone for studying Sport in Higher Education and/or embarking on a career within the sport and leisure industry.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport

Course Outline

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport is intended to be an applied general qualification for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment in the sport sector. The qualification is equivalent in size to one A-Level.

Course Requirements

Students should have previously completed GCSE PE at C grade or above or have achieved at least 5 A*-C GCSEs and have an existing involvement in sport.

Course Content and Assessment

The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport is a 60 credit and 360 guided learning hour qualification that consists of three mandatory units plus a further three units.

Mandatory Units

Anatomy and Physiology (examined unit)

Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-Being (examined unit)

Professional Development in the Sports Industry

Selected Unit

Application of Fitness Testing


Units 1 and 2 are externally assessed though examination. All units are internally assessed and externally moderated by Edexcel.


With this course students can progress into careers in the sport industry or into higher or further education in the sports sector.