• This course is physically demanding as 60% of the course is practically based. Therefore it is essential students must be organised and well-equipped to take part in all physical aspects of this course. Competency in a range of sporting activities is desirable
  • The theory side of the course involves learning large amounts of specialised terminology
  • Students who don’t enjoy core PE are strongly advised not to take this course as they will still get PE lessons on top of this option

Course Outline

e.g. this is a two year GCSE course which consists of practical, oral and theoretical assessments. Students will also have to create a 6 week training program.

Course Content

  • Practical activities for boys involve assessments in Swimming, Survival, Football, Softball, Rugby, Fitness and Basketball
  • Practical activities for girls involve assessments in Swimming, Survival, Netball, Football, Fitness, Hockey, Football and Rounder’s
  • Theory involves learning about the function and structure of the human body including the muscular, skeletal, respiratory and cardio-vascular systems. It also involves understanding the reasons for and benefits of taking part in physical activity


  • A written examination on anatomy and physiology that requires students to write extended answers. So a good standard of written communication is helpful
  • Oral assessment of a practical sport
  • Practical activities are assessed and externally moderated

Controlled coursework assessment of a 6 weeks training programme

Examining Board

Edexcel (Pearson)

Special Entry Requirements

Competency in swimming is highly desirable along with a good level of fitness. Extra-curricular involvement in sport is extremely useful.

Career Opportunities

PE coaches/teachers. Sports development officers, Personal trainers, Armed forces, Public services, Sports scientists, Sports nutritionists.

Teaching Methods

Each week you will be timetabled four periods of 60 minutes each. These are used as follows:

  • One lesson a week will be a practical class where you will develop new skills in a range of sporting activities both indoor and outdoor.
    • The other one period a week will be a theory based lesson looking at the science and initiatives behind sport. This will be a classroom based lesson.
    In Physical education there is a need for a well organised folder their is a need for regular learning and independent study. Guidance will be given on how to prepare for lessons and consolidate you own learning so that you can have the best chance of success. Assessments are extremely frequent.

Other information

An alternative PE Kit can be an optional purchase if required. This is ordered annually in July for a September start. Orders are only made at this time.

Students will participate in core PE alongside GCSE not instead of.

How is the course graded


How to succeed in GCSE Art

Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.

Skill Requirements

GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.

Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.

How can you help?

Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!

Extra-curricular Support

The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (