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Curriculum Comparison Read below for Further Information on The Academic Curriculum Pathway options


The PE Curriculum is designed to show a clear pathway to support a young athlete’s dual career. Academic qualifications are carefully supplemented with suitable trips and events to offer our students a variety of opportunities to experience future careers within the sports industry. Careers events are planned at various points of the curriculum from Year 9 through to Year 13, in order to enable our students to gain the best possible outcomes for their future professions alongside their sporting careers. Please note that the PE Curriculum Pathway differs from the Athlete Academy/Sport Specialism Sessions.

The Academic Curriculum Pathway

Year 9 (KS4) Curriculum

All students will begin their academic pathway in Year 9 with a practical based curriculum focussing on the mastery of technical skills and the development of their tactical awareness within a range of sporting activities. The foundations of theoretical content required at KS4 GCSE & BTEC are also embedded within these practical lessons so as to give the students a core knowledge and understanding of Physical Education. Students will be expected to participate in all lessons as a performer regardless of the type of physical or sporting activity timetabled on.

Year 10 & 11 (KS4) Curriculum

Following formative assessments and career meetings at the end of Year 9, Sports Specialism students will be then recommended for either the BTEC Sport L2 or GCSE routeway. The two qualifications differ in assessment styles, and content as follows:

Assessment Structure

3 Sections of Assessment:

1.     1 – Exam – The human body and movement in physical activity and sport (Paper 1) 30%

1.     2 – Exam – Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport (Paper 2) 30%

3 – Practical Sport & Coursework  40%

i)  3 x Sports (Individual/Team) 30%

ii) 1 x Sports Analysis coursework 10%

Assessment Structure

4 Sections of Assessment:

1 – Exam – (Computer online) 25%

2 – Training for personal fitness (Coursework) 25%

3 – Practical Sport Analysis (Coursework) 25%

4 – Sports Coaching (Coursework) 25%

Examinable Topics

– Musculoskeletal System

– Cardio-respiratory System

– Movement Analysis

– Health and Fitness Training

– Use of Data

– Sport Psychology

– Socio Cultural Studies

– Health, Fitness and Wellbeing

– Validity and Reliability of fitness tests/training

Examinable Topics

– Components of fitness

– Training Methods

– Testing Procedures

– 8 Mark questions on Validity and Reliability of fitness tests/training

Non-Examinable Assessment

Practical Sports Performance (75 total marks)

1 x Individual Sport (25 Marks)

1 x Team Sport (25 Marks)

1 x One extra (of the above) (25 Marks)


Each Sport Performance is broken into:

– Isolated skills (10 marks)

– Application to competitive scenarios (15 Marks)


Written Coursework (25 Marks)

Assessment of your performance in 1 sport:

–        Strengths

–        Weaknesses

–        Methods to improve

–        Link to theory from Examinable Topics


Non-Examinable Assessment

Unit 2 – Practical Sport

Assessment of own performance in 2 sports:

– Strengths

– Weaknesses

– Methods to improve

– Link to Components of Fitness

Unit 3 – Training Programme

Select one Component of fitness to improve and design a training program to carry out – link this to one sport of choice

Unit 6 – Sports Coaching & Leadership

Research effective attributes and responsibilities of a coach. Design a Sports Session and Coach local primary school students. Review own coaching performance.

Considerations for Students

–        More Theoretical Based Learning

–        Strong links to Science, Maths, Psychology, Sociology

–        Feed into careers linked more to Academic Professions.

–        3 Sports required to be playing competitively to high standard in order to gain good practical marks.

Considerations for Students

–        Industry based learning

–        Feeds into careers linked to Sports Science, Sports Coaching, Sports Analysis, Personal Training, etc.

–        Only two sports required for assessment and no specialist level required

–        Links and feeds into the BTEC L3 Programme