Physical Education

Our KS3 PE curriculum journey

The Angmering school is pioneering in its approach to Key Stage 3 PE. We ensure that we value students' physical ability in all PE lessons, but also use measures to ensure we assess students personal qualities such as resilience and their ability to problem solve effectively.  

PE provides our students experience in a variety of sporting activities, with the aim to support them engaging in and continue with lifelong participation in physical activity. 

In years 7,8 and 9 our students will undertake lessons covering invasion games, striking and fielding, net and wall, gymnastics, health and fitness, athletics and OAA as well as a number of alternative sports.

All lessons have been carefully designed to teach and nurture physical skills as well as develop personal skills required to be successful not only in PE, but at GCSE level, and across all subjects. We want to help promote active, confident, well rounded individuals with the vital life skills to be successful both in school and beyond.  

Here at Angmering we tailor our curriculum to get the best experience possible for all students. With our unique holistic approach we look to value our students in our subject and ensure they experience success across the range of our 9 assessment strands. There are many ways students can be successful within their PE lessons and as mentioned before we look to celebrate this.

Leadership plays a huge role in our subject with ample opportunities to develop this both within KS3 lessons and as part of our highly successful leadership academy.

Our PE staff all know the positive impact our subject can have on students and are advocates of this from our own experiences. We look to share our knowledge and expertise and use PE as a vehicle for success for your children in the best way we can.

Our KS3 curriculum flows into our KS4 offer where Year 9s will be offered the opportunity to study theoretical based units that are intertwined within the practical setting. This is designed to prepare them for the rigour of any sports course they wish to study in Year 10. 


All students will continue Physical Education at Key Stage 4. If the students select an option qualification in either Sports Studies or GCSE Physical Education it is likely that they will have 7 lessons over two weeks allocated to studying this course. However, if a student does not select an option course they will continue to participate in Physical Education to develop their physical and mental wellbeing for two hours over the course of our two week timetable. These two hours are referred to as Core PE at Key Stage 4 and a range of activities and sports will be available.


Examination Course: AQA    Course Code: 8582

The Physical Education GCSE is assessed both practically and theoretically. The teaching of the course is more weighted towards theory learning to support students’ preparation for the final exams, which are taken in the summer of Year 11.

Non – Exam Assessment (NEA) (40% of overall course)
There are two sections to this: the practical assessment of sport and a written task where the students have to analyse sports performance.

Practical Assessments (30% of overall qualification)
Students must be highly competent in a range of sports for them to achieve in this section. The final assessments will be in three sports in which the student performs to the highest level. The students need to perform in both team and individual activities.

Written analysis of performance (10% of overall qualification)
Students analyse their own or another’s performance. This is predominantly completed through a written assignment. However, some individuals can do this task verbally to support their progress.

Exam Assessment (60% of overall course)
Students’ learning will cover six main topics which are assessed in two papers which will be taken on two different days in the summer of Year 11. The students will be encouraged to purchase a revision guide in the first half term, as this will support them with class and home learning and ongoing revision over the course. Students will have summative progress tests ahead of each assessment review to allow teachers to accurately project each student’s grade. Below is a table which shows what the topics are and how the exams are structured.

What will the course allow me to progress to in the future?
The course forms a good base for careers in sports and active leisure such as sports science, sports journalism, performance analysis, physiotherapy, sports coaching, fitness, instructor, and teacher.  It can also lead to other physical education qualifications such as A Level Physical Education, BTEC Sport and the Diploma in Sport and Active Leisure.


Examination Course:  OCR Course:  J813

Sports Studies is a very practical course where only 25% of the assessed work is completed via a written exam. Below shows the 4 units which we currently deliver, however, we sometimes change the final two for individual students to support their learning:

Unit 1 – Contemporary issues in sport (External exam)
This exam is 1 hour and is taken in January on their first year of study (Year 10). We have plenty of teaching and revision material which fully prepares the students for the exam.

Unit 2 Developing Sports Skills (Internally assessed)
Students are assessed in both team and individual sports during their lessons. Students will also need to keep an officiating log for one sport and be assessed by a course teacher officiating a fixture. They will need to evaluate their sports performance. Finally, they will plan and complete a training programme logging their performance over time. As students are assessed in their practical ability in a range of sports, it is essential that they have a positive history of participation and engagement in PE lessons.

Unit 3 Sports Leadership (Internally assessed)
This unit focuses on qualities, responsibilities and leadership styles. Students will plan and deliver safe and successful activity sessions whilst being assessed by the class teacher. To achieve the top grades they will need to effectively evaluate their leadership performance identifying strengths and areas to improve.

Unit 4 Developing Knowledge and skills in Outdoor Activities (Internally assessed)
Students will experience a variety of outdoor activities during which they will be assessed on their performance. They will plan how an activity would be taught to children as well as take part in and demonstrate their knowledge and skill in outdoor activities.

How students are assessed
For each learning objective in each unit, there are three marking bands with specific marks in each band. Each learning objective is normally out of 15 marks and each unit is out of 60 marks (total of 240 marks for the course). The students will achieve grades for each learning aim and build up their marks over each unit. Their final grade is the sum of all their marks added together.

Below is a table showing how the students achieve the grades.

A L2 Merit grade is equivalent to a 5
A L2 Distinction is equivalent to a 6 and 7
A L2 Distinction* is equivalent to an 8

Level 3 (A Level Physical Education)


A Level Physical Education combines 7 areas of study across 2 years.  These range from Anatomy and Physiology to Psychology in Sport and Analysis.  The course has been designed to lead into a huge variety of careers in both the sporting and science industries.  It combines practical performance with theoretical application and is often considered as a science by universities.  It also includes an annual residential trip to focus on course content and practical application through outdoor adventurous activities.  Opportunities such as university laboratory visits, sporting expert seminars and elite performance visits are all part of this exciting and diverse A level.


Theoretical Application – 70%

7 Areas of Study:

Anatomy and Physiology

Sports Psychology

Sport and Society

Technology and Analysis in Sport

Exercise Physiology

Skill Acquisition


Practical Application – 30%

Students enter 1 sport from the list below and will also complete a short analysis assignment.  Students are expected to be already competing in one of these sports to a competitive standard:

Association football, Amateur boxing, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Camogie, Canoeing, Cricket, Cycling (track or road), Dance, Diving, Equestrian, Gaelic football, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, Hurling, Kayaking, Lacrosse, Netball, Rock climbing, Rowing, Rugby league/union, Sculling, Skiing, Snowboarding, Squash, Swimming, Table tennis, Tennis, Trampolining, Volleyball.


A Level Physical Education is unique in the sense that it opens so many doors into the sport and science world.  Students have gone to university and then into work as analysts in professional sport, work as sport scientists and also venture into the world of sports journalism.

Entry Requirements:

Students must achieve a minimum of 5 GCSE's including English and Maths at grade 5 or above. Essential: Theory - A grade 6 or above in Double Science, Biology (if studying additional science) and GCSE Physical Education. A distinction grade in BTEC Sport Level 2. Practical - Must play sport to a competitive level in 1 of the activities outlined. Desirable - Play sport competitively to county level and above in 1 of the activities listed.

“A level PE has been an essential stepping stone for my career in Teaching. It was both fulfilling and enjoyable.”

Level 3 (BTEC) 


BTEC Level 3 – National Diploma in Sport: Double qualification

BTEC Level 3 – National Extended Diploma in Sport: Triple qualification (Pearson)


A coursework based subject that provides an introduction for learners interested in careers in the sport and physical activity industry.  These include careers in teaching, coaching and leadership, exercise and fitness, sports development and the outdoors.

The BTEC helps to develop knowledge, understanding, experience and skills that you need to prepare yourself for employment, including time management, organisation and leadership.

Studying BTEC Sport is an excellent way to combine both practical and theoretical aspects of sport, hands on experience of lesson planning, coaching and fitness testing.  The assessment is predominantly coursework based, marked at pass, merit or distinction level, when all units have been completed, students obtain an overall grade equivalent to two (Diploma) or three (extended diploma) A levels.


13 Units for National Diploma in Sport

19 Units for the Extended Diploma


Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport

The Physiology of Fitness

Assessing Risk in Sport

Fitness Training and Programming

Sports Coaching

Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise

Sports Nutrition

Psychology for Sports Performance

Sports Injuries

Analysis of Sports Performance

Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport

Technical & Tactical Skills in Sport

The Athletes Lifestyle


Current Issues in Sport

Exercise, Health and Lifestyle

Instructing Physical Activity

Talent Identification & Development in Sport

Sports and Exercise Massage

Organising Sports Events


Students who are successful and achieve their potential with this qualification gain access to:

  • University courses in teaching, sport science and psychology

  • Further training with apprenticeships

  • Employment within the sporting sector – coaching and personal training

The qualification combines well with physical education and biology, psychology and even business studies.  The course provides the essential skills and background for many careers, including Physiotherapy, Sports Development, Sports Coaching, Personal Training, Sport Journalism and the Fitness and Leisure Industry.

Entry Requirements:

Course-specific Entry Requirements - Essential: C Grade in English and Maths GCSE, Grade Merit in BTEC First in Sport, Grade C in GCSE PE, Entry level qualification - Level 2 Diploma Teamwork and Personal Development. Desirable: An active interest in sport, related work experience,