At St Edward's, every student is given the opportunity to participate, enjoy, develop and succeed in a broad range of sports and activities.  As well as class lessons, the PE department offer a full range of extra curricular activities which change each term.  We also compete in a number of local leagues and tournaments.

Key Stage 3

In Years 7/8 and 9 students take part in a wide range of sports and activities, spending 4 weeks on each.  Activities range from traditional team games such as Netball, Rugby, Football, Rounders, Cricket, Softball, Basketball and Hockey to individual activities such as Gymnastics, Dance, Athletics, Tennis, Badminton, Table Tennis and Orienteering.  Students have 4 hours of PE over 2 weeks and the aim is to give students at truly broad experience of PE.  Students are developed as performers, leaders and officials and over the key stage, students will work in both mixed ability and ability groups.

Key Stage 4

In Years 10 and 11, students are given more flexibility in the PE choices and choose which activities they wish to follow.  Choices range over a variety of individual activities such as Health and Fitness, Aerobics, Trampolining, Table Tennis, Badminton and sports leader through to team sports such as Rugby, Netball, Hockey, Football, Basketball, Rounders, Cricket and Softball.

At Key Stage 4, we offer both GCSE PE and BTEC First.  Both courses are very popular and give students 5 additional lessons on top of their core PE.

For GCSE PE we follow the Edexcel syllabus.  From 2016, 60% of the course is theoretical, 30% is practical and 10% is a controlled assessment.  The GCSE in Physical Education will equip students with the knowledge, understanding, skills and values they need to be able to develop and maintain their performance in physical activities.  Students will also gain understanding of how physical activities benefit health, fitness and well-being.

In theory lessons, student learn about applied anatomy and physiology, movement analysis, physical training, sport psychology, socio-cultural influences, health, fitness and well-being.  This is assessed in 2 exams at the end of Year 11.

In practical lessons, students take part in a range of individual and team activities which are chosen and tailored to the group.  At the end of the course, students have to demonstrate their competence in 3 different activities which can be chosen from those done in school or activities which the students take part in outside of school.

For the BTEC First, students complete 4 units over 2 years. 75% of the course is internally assessed and the final 25% is via an external exam.  The 4 units currently on offer are practical sports performance, training for personal fitness, leading sports activities and fitness for sport and exercise (externally assessed).

Pathways after Year 11

A Level options: AS/A Level PE studies, BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport

Progression routes: Degree level - teaching, coaching and physiological courses

Careers: PE teacher, Coach, Management in the leisure industry, Sports Events organiser, participant as an athlete, Physiotherapist, Sports Psychologist, Sports Nutritionist, Sports Development and Coaching manager within the City Council, working with disabled performers and young people.

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5, we currently offer both A Level PE and the BTEC National Diploma.  Both courses are very popular and students have 9 lessons every fortnight.

For A Level PE, we follow the OCR syllabus. From 2016, students will follow a linear 2 year course which is 70% theory and 30% practical.

Over the 2 years, students complete 3 theoretical units which are assessed in 3 separate exams.  The 3 units are physiological factors affecting performance, psychological factors affecting performance and socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport.  Practical performance is worth 60 marks in total and involves students performing or coaching as well as completing an evaluation and analysis of performance for improvement.

For the BTEC National Diploma, students study 7 units over 2 years; principles of anatomy and physiology, the physiology of fitness, assessing risk in sport, outdoor and adventurous activities, sports nutrition, fitness testing for sport and exercise and psychology for sports performance.

Course Contact

Mr Sam Pope

Subject Leader