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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 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 & other examinable qualifications 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 at the end of Year 9, Sports Specialism students will progress onto the AQA GCSE PE qualification with content as follows:

Assessment Structure

3 Sections of Assessment:

Section 1 = Exam Paper 1 – The human body and movement in physical activity and sport 30%

Section 2 = Exam Paper 2 – Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport 30%

Section 3 – Practical Sport & Coursework (NEA)  40%

i)  3 x Sports (Individual/Team) 30%

ii) 1 x Sports Analysis coursework 10%

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

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


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.