Physical Education


Key Stage 3 – Physical Education

During their time at Key Stage 3, pupils will experience a broad and balanced Physical Education curriculum. Emphasis is placed on skill development, competition and enjoyment during their lessons, with an ambition to promote a healthy and active lifestyle.


As part of the Key Stage 3 and 4 Core PE curriculum, students take part in at least two 50-minute practical lessons per week. Every four weeks (i.e. eight lessons), students rotate teaching spaces and change activities.

Our curriculum covers the following activities: Rugby, Football, Basketball, Handball, Netball, Hockey, Table Tennis, Tennis, Badminton, Problem Solving / OAA, Rock Climbing, Gymnastics, Dance, Fitness, Rounders, Cricket, Softball, Stoolball and Athletics. In addition to this, students will also have the opportunity to take part in a Sports Leadership programme as well as experiencing GCSE PE / OCR Sport Studies taster sessions. This allows students to build their confidence within the subject and make an informed decision when choosing their options at the end of year eight.


At Chatsmore Catholic High School, we pride ourselves on providing the students with many opportunities to develop their skills during and outside of lessons. We offer many extra-curricular activities that run on a half-termly basis, which all pupils are welcome to attend. These include: Rugby, Football, Basketball, Cricket, Athletics, Badminton, Netball, Rounders and many more. The club timetable can be located on the school website.


Students will be assessed in each of the activities that they take part in. Assessment is in line with the 2016 GCSE specification and focuses on:

  • The performance of skills and techniques in isolation / unopposed situation.
  • The application of skills, techniques and decision making under pressure during a conditioned practice and conditioned /formal / competitive situation.


Our facilities include:

  • Sports Hall (size – four badminton courts)
  • Gym (size – one volleyball court) including climbing wall
  • Hard Court Area (size – three tennis courts)
  • Field (size – separate football and rugby pitches)
  • Cricket Strip (built summer 2015)
  • Specialist PE classroom

Key Stage 4 – We offer GSCE Physical Education and a BTEC First Awards Level 2 Award

GSCE Physical Education


Subject Exam Board Syllabus Number Practical Exam Theory Exam

Is this the right subject for me?

If you enjoy:
• sport and recreation
• developing knowledge and understanding through practical involvement
• learning about the benefits of sports and exercise
• improving your own performance
• or if you are considering a sports-related career or A Level/higher education course then our GCSE in Physical Education is the right subject for you.

What do I need to know, or be able to do, before taking this course?

The course builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills established in Key Stage 3 Physical Education. It will give you exciting opportunities to be involved in a number of different physical activities, promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. You should have an interest in physical education and sport, enjoy being active and appreciate the benefits of keeping fit and healthy.

What will I learn?

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:
• develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge and understanding to improve performance
• understand how the physiological and psychological state affects performance in physical activity and sport
• perform effectively in different physical activities by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas
• develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance in physical activity and sport
• understand the contribution that physical activity and sport make to health, fitness and well-being
• understand the key socio-cultural influences that can affect people’s involvement in physical activity and sport.

How will I be assessed?

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What can I do after I’ve completed the course?

As well as being the ideal preparation for the A level Physical Education course, GCSE Physical Education allows for progression to related vocational qualifications, such as BTEC Firsts and Nationals in Sport or Sport and Exercise Sciences. The course develops the transferable skills and key skills that employers are looking for and can lead to a wide variety of employment opportunities. This can include further training in areas such as recreational management, leisure activities, coaching, officiating, the fitness industry, the armed forces and the Civil Service.

OCR Level 2 Cambridge National Certificate in Sport Studies

Sport is a high-profile and expanding industry and there is a growing need for qualified professionals and capable volunteers. There is a wide range of job roles to progress into such as Activity Leader, Sports Coach, Fitness Instructor and Leisure Assistant.

It’s also widely recognised that regular participation in sport and physical activity is highly beneficial both to individuals and to society as a whole. With life expectancy on the increase, there will be continuing focus by government in collaboration with other bodies, to promote sport’s benefits and encourage wider take up.

Cambridge Nationals in Sport offer students the solid foundation required for further study or progression into industry. Students will develop a wide range of highly desirable, transferable skills such as communication, problem solving, team working and performing under pressure. As you might expect, both the bulk of learning and assessment is through practical means.

OCR offers a Sports Studies qualification where students will develop their own performance and how to effectively lead others as well as gain knowledge about the national sports context – excellent preparation for roles such as sport development or sport leadership. We’ve also created mapping to Sports Leaders UK qualifications to support co-delivery.

The qualification contains two mandatory units and a choice of optional units. The externally assessed unit contributes 25% of the marks for the Certificate size qualification. The optional units allow you to tailor the course to your students’ needs and passions; engaging and inspiring students of all abilities to achieve. Each optional unit is assessed through a practical task-based assessment with OCR-set tasks to support your students in producing assessment evidence.

The Qualification

The qualification size is 120 Guided Learning Hours, and is equivalent to a GCSE in both size and rigour. It will fit into a study programme at Key Stage 4.


OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National in Sports Studies

The Cambridge National in Sport Studies takes a more sector-based focus, whilst also encompassing some core sport/physical education themes. Students have the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge about different types of sport and physical activity, skills development and sports leadership to their own practical performance. They will learn about contemporary issues in sport such as funding, participation, ethics and role models, and sport and the media. Students will develop an appreciation of the importance of sport locally and nationally, different ways of being involved in sport and of how this shapes the sports industry.

Mandatory units

Unit R051: Contemporary issues in sport
This unit sets the context of sport within the wider environment and how it reflects society and its values. Students will explore a range of topical and contemporary issues in sport, as well as the promotion of values and ethical behaviour through sport. Students will also learn about the role of high-profile sporting events and national governing bodies in advancing sports’ attempts to positively impact upon society and showcase their worth beyond providing entertainment.

This unit is externally assessed through an OCR set and marked 1 hour exam. A sample test can be downloaded from the website, where you can also find past papers and examiner’s reports.

Unit R052: Developing sports skills
Students will develop their skills, techniques and use of tactics/strategies/compositional ideas in both an individual and a team sporting activity. Students will also improve their understanding of the rules to allow them to act in a number of officiating roles within an activity. As well developing sporting skills, students will also develop their transferable skills such as communication, performing under pressure, using initiative to solve problems and making decisions by considering rapidly changing conditions around them.

This unit is assessed through an OCR-set task and includes demonstration of students’ own practical performance skills and officiating, along with a demonstration of the ways students can improve their own performance.

Optional units

R053: Sports leadership
Whether voluntary of professional, the role of the sport leader is imperative in any sport. Adopting the role of coach, manager, teacher or team captain, sport leaders can shape the development of sport by influencing and inspiring those around them to participate and perform in sporting activities. In this unit, students learn more about different leadership roles and styles. They will then go onto to plan and deliver effective and safe sessions and evaluate their own performance.

This unit is assessed through an OCR-set task to allow practical demonstration of students’ planning and leadership skills.

R054: Sport and the media
Sport uses the range of media to promote itself and in turn the media uses sport to expand and maintain uptake of its products. In this unit learners look at the differences in sports coverage across a range of media outlets; the impacts the media has on sport and how this has changed over the years. They will also learn about the effect on public interest and media involvement in sport. Students will develop skills relevant in a range of careers and roles within the sports industry, such as sports reporting/broadcasting, sports analysis or research and public relations or media work within
a sports organisation.

This unit is assessed through an OCR-set task where students communicate their knowledge to an external audience.

R055: Working in the sports industry
There are many career paths that can be followed within the sports industry. Some are not linked directly to a sport or do not revolve around physical activity but are still vitally important to the participation, progression and success of sports activities. Students will be able to identify a number of careers within the sports industry, how to gain access to these, the wider context of the role they play, and the development paths within them. They will also look at how the sports industry affects society in Britain by looking at areas such as the economy, health and fitness, heritage, tourism and national identity.

This unit is assessed through an OCR-set task where students explore career options relevant to them, demonstrate how they would apply and prepare appropriate information that might be needed in an interview.

R056: Developing knowledge and skills in outdoor activities
Organisations increasingly use outdoor and adventurous activities as the basis for team away-days and team- building exercises, requiring individuals to work collaboratively and develop their problem-solving and communication skills as a group. Students will develop their knowledge about different outdoor activities, how to plan an outdoor activity and be
able to participate in one. They will develop their communication, decision making and leadership skills in challenging scenarios and environments.

This unit is assessed through an OCR-set task where students demonstrate their planning skills and participate in an outdoor activity.