Physical Education

Key Stage 3

Programme of Study

Physical Education at the Ursuline will inspire all students to enjoy, succeed and excel in competitive sport which will help to build character and embed values such as fairness and respect.

Students will develop competence in a broad range of activities, be physically active for sustained periods of time, and engage in competitive sports and activities so as to lead healthy active lives.

Over the two years, the students will study the following:

  • Games: Netball, Badminton and Rounders.
  • Performing at Maximum: Athletics and Cross country.
  • Replicating movements: Gymnastics and Trampolining
  • Health and Fitness: Circuit Training and fitness testing


Learning/Teaching Approach

Students will learn and develop the basic skills underpinning sport and movement so that they can be transferred into a range of sports later in life. Students are encouraged to always try their best and set challenging goals for themselves.
Students will be encouraged to work co-operatively, competitively and independently in order to fulfill their potential and contribute positively to the wider community.

Students will be taught the correct terminology, ideas and concepts to lead them into studying Physical Education at GCSE.


Students will be assessed in a range of skills:

For each sport, Students will be assessed on their ability to perform a range of skills, how well they apply them in a competitive situation and in their knowledge and understanding of the rules and tactics.

Throughout each unit of work, students will assess their own progress using the performance analysis grids. There will be a formal teacher assessment at the end of each unit of work.

The department uses the Meta skills to guide students on how to become good and effective learners in PE. These skills are reported every term in the IPR.

Key Stage 4



Exam Board and Syllabus

AQA 8582

Programme of Study


  • Practical
    • A range of sports – Netball, Badminton, Trampolining, Athletics and Dance.
    • A mixture of team and individual sports
  • Theory
    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • Movement Analysis
    • Physical Training
    • Use of Data
    • Sports Psychology
    • Socio-Cultural Influences
    • Health, Fitness and Well Being

Within the theory papers, there will be a range of multiple choice, short answer and essay style questions.


Learning/Teaching Approach

Theory lessons will be classroom based and related to practical lessons where possible.

Through practical sessions the course will develop skills and increase student's knowledge and understanding of tactics and how to apply them in a competitive situation.

This is an enjoyable course which is extremely demanding yet incredibly rewarding.

It will be compulsory for all GCSE PE students to attend at least ONE extra-curricular practice a week


Theory Assessment (60%)
Paper 1: Human Movement (30%) – 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Paper 2: Socio - Cultural (30%) – 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Practical Assessment (30%)
Students will be assessed in 3 sports. Must be a combination of one team, one individual and another sport.

Analysis and Evaluation (10%)
Students will need to complete an Analysis and Evaluation of ONE of their chosen sports.

What it leads to

The course can lead to studying A Level PE or Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science.

Additional Points

Students who take part in any sports outside school may be able to be assessed in these activities. Examples of sports that have been acceptable in the past are:
Skiing, Snowboarding, Horse riding, Swimming. Some of these activities will require the students to digitally record their performance.

Tier of Entry

Single Tier.