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Core P.E. in Year 11

The P.E. curriculum in Years 10 and 11 is compulsory, with all students participating for a minimum of one hour a week. This is separate from GCSE P.E. Within Core P.E., we offer a greater degree of choice over which programme of activities our students follow than they have previously experienced. The aim is to encourage a culture whereby our students will continue in lifelong physical activity and are enthusiastic to participate in the route they have chosen.

They will have the opportunity to participate in more recreational activities or to gain a recognised qualification in:

  • Sports Leaders Award Level 1
  • Sports Leaders Award Level 2
  • Dance Leaders Award Level 1

The recreational route works on 5 week activity blocks. Activities may include football, rugby, step aerobics and body toning, trampolining, badminton, use of the fitness suite, basketball, cricket or boxercise.

This subject allows students to explore both practical and theoretical elements of sport and physical activity. The assessment for these courses is both by practical performance and two unit exams.


Students who opt to do GCSE P.E. will have three hours a week in addition to Core P.E., with two lessons used for the theoretical elements and one hour for practical activities.

Practically, students will be assessed in a number of individual and team sports and activities. The practical weighting is 40% of the grade and includes assessment in three sports and an analysis task. This subject allows students to explore both practical and theoretical elements of sport and physical activity. The assessment for this course is both by practical performance and two unit exams.

Practical activities

Students will be assessed in a number of individual and team sports and activities over the two year course. The practical weighting is 40% of the grade and at the end of the course their best three practical marks plus an assessed analysis task will be submitted.

The activities taught each half term will vary according to the needs of the groups but will be a mixture of both team and individual sports such as: netball, football, badminton, table tennis, trampolining and climbing.

Students should be participating in extra-curricular activities both within and outside of school in order to achieve the highest grades possible. Our extra-curricular programme has a designated evening to focus on students studying GCSE P.E.

The theory aspect will lead to two end of course exams, each worth 30% of the total grade. This will explore students’ knowledge in a range of topics linked to human biology, social factors and

Theory Assessment

Overall 60% of the grade is gained from two written exams at the end of the course. They each cover different elements of the theory taught within the course.

Over the course, the theory content will be taught as follows:

  Unit 1

The human body and movement in physical activity and sport

Unit 2

Socio-cultural influences and well being in physical activity and sport

Year 11
  • Skeletal system
  • The structure and movement of synovial joints
  • Lever systems at joints
  • Movement analysis including planes and axes
  • Muscular system and muscle movement
  • Cardiac cycle, structure of the heart and the effect of exercise on the heart
  • The mechanics of breathing, lung volumes and gaseous exchange
  • Skill and ability
  • Arousal, stress and anxiety in performance
  • The personality of the performer
  • Motivation in sport anf the impact on performance
  • Goal setting
  • Basic models of information processing in performance


There will be an assessment completed for each unit topic of the course, in both of the theory lessons.

In addition, there will be progress tests (mock exam papers) at the following points in the course:

  • Y10 February and July
  • Y11 November and February

Supporting your child

The syllabus your child follows can be found on the AQA website using the following link:


There are many websites that would be useful to support their learning in various topics of the theory units, these include:



http://www.teachpe.com/index-quiz.php - this has some really useful quick quizzes on various topics

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