Physical Education

Physical Education

‘Our subject area can and should be at the core of any curriculum because it’s about critical thinking and collaboration, it’s about personal, mental, physical and social well-being and it’s about our pursuit of excellence both personally and professionally.’ – Andy Vasily


“Hello my name is Grace Turner and I am the KS3 sports ambassador at Shuttleworth College. I have currently been at Shuttleworth for two years now and I really enjoy PE. I try my best in every lesson and participate in as many sports teams as possible. PE is really fun as we take part in lots of different sports throughout the year; it’s also very good exercise.  I have just picked my GCSE options and I have chosen Physical Education. I plan to carry on with sports when I leave college as I’d really like to become a PE teacher.”

KS3 Physical Education

What will I study?

All students will receive Physical Education lessons and will follow a personalised pathway designed to improve students’ understanding of sport and healthy active lifestyles.  It is important for all students to continue with regular physical activity which places increasing demands on them, improves flexibility and mobility, builds up strength and stamina and develops self-confidence so that they willingly participate in worthwhile activities at college and leisure pursuits in later life.

Students will cover a range of practical activities, covering a broad understanding of skill acquisition, practical application and healthy active lifestyles.  These may include:

  • Games based activities
  • Fitness based activities
  • Aesthetics based activities (dance, trampolining, gymnastics)
  • Athletics based activities

How will I be assessed?

Students will take part in a baseline assessment at the start of every term. This assessment includes a multi stage fitness test, a 20 metre sprint, Illinois agility, a standing broad jump, sit and reach and hand grip. These tests assess students’ cardiovascular fitness, speed, agility, flexibility, power and strength. Students are also assessed throughout the academic year in every sporting activity that they take part in.

How can I stretch my learning?

There is a wide variety of different sporting clubs that students can get involved in both during and after college in order to progress further and stretch their learning.  The fitness suite, dance room and sports hall are available every lunch time to all students alongside an extensive extra-curricular programme which runs after college. All extra-curricular clubs change on a termly basis giving students the opportunity to access a comprehensive curriculum.

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GCSE Physical Education

‘Sports do not build character, they reveal it.’ – Heywood Broun

 “Hello, my name is Daniel Hanna and I am a GCSE PE student.  I have studied the subject for many months now and not once have I regretted taking this option.  GCSE PE consists of two sides: practical and theory.  Personally, I believe that I am quite strong both practically and theoretically.  My class started the course at the beginning of Year 9 and we have covered a range of interesting theory topics, such as how the heart works.  I have also enjoyed covering practical activities that I would never get to do in core PE lessons, such as boxing.  I have always enjoyed PE and I want a future career in sports, preferably in football.  I would recommend this subject to anyone who enjoys physical activity with hopes similar to mine – a future in PE and sport.”

What will I study?

All students will expand upon experiences in KS3 Physical Education.  Practical activities are wide ranging and those that are formally assessed will be tailored to individual students’ strengths.  Team-based activities such as volleyball, basketball, netball and football, along with individual activities such as boxing, athletics and trampolining will be covered.  Key unopposed skills used within these activities and affecting game situations will be a focus when studying practical aspects of the course.

With regard to theory, students will develop their theoretical knowledge and understanding of applied anatomy and physiology (e.g. the musculo-skeletal system), movement analysis (e.g. levers) and physical training (e.g. principles of training) so that they can use this knowledge to analyse and evaluate performance and devise informed strategies for improving their own practical performance.  In addition, sport psychology and contemporary well-being issues such as nutrition and lifestyles will also be studied.

How will I be assessed?

Two theory examinations make up the majority of what grade will be achieved at the end of this course.  The weighting of the GCSE PE course is as follows:

  • Component 1 – Fitness and Body Systems – written examination worth 36%
  • Component 2 – Health and Performance – written examination worth 24%
  • Component 3 – Practical Performance – three activities, each marked out of 35 and worth 30% – internally marked, externally moderated
  • Component 4 – Personal Exercise Programme (AEP) worth 10% – internally marked, externally moderated

The AEP is broken down further into six sub-categories.  Students must be able to:

  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their own/a peers physical fitness accurately, using appropriate tests for each component of fitness;
  • Produce a fully justified analysis of the importance of the different components of fitness for their chosen activity;
  • Give an accurate overview of all the key skills required for their chosen activity;
  • Give an accurate and thorough assessment of their own strengths and weaknesses for their chosen activity;
  • Investigate movement analysis of a skill and provide an accurate classification of that skill;
  • Produce a detailed action plan containing clear identification of the specific skill/component of fitness being improved with full justification based on their analysis of performance.

Overall achievement will be graded using the new numbered system that ranges from 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest.

How can I stretch my learning?

From a practical perspective, bolt-on courses will be offered to GCSE PE students that will complement the course, thus helping applications for post-16 options related to sport.  Level 1 Sports Leaders and Level 1 Dance Leaders awards run alongside the subject.  Both qualifications develop key skills that colleges and potential employers will see as a must – for example communication, organisation and taking responsibility for the progress of other students.  Staff will also provide opportunities for GCSE PE students to help plan and deliver parts of extra-curricular clubs under supervision.  Expectations are high and representing college on a regular basis in sporting activities is also a way in which GCSE PE students can excel.

In terms of theory, students will benefit from keeping up with contemporary issues in sport via the media.  A well-rounded knowledge of what is happening in the world of sport (ranging from the negatives of performance-enhancing drugs to the positives of hosting global events such as the Olympic Games) will help students provide quality examples in their written responses.

Useful links

GCSE PE theory specification: https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Physical%20Education/2016/Specification%20and%20sample%20assessments/gcse-pe-spec-accredited.pdf

GCSE PE practical performance assessment criteria:


Key contact name, role & email

Miss L Pennington

Curriculum Leader – Performance Arts


01282 682300