Physical Education


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'The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when no-one is watching' Anson Dorrance

Who is it for?

Students with a genuine proven interest and involvement in sport during their school career to date. GCSE physical education as a background is desirable but not essential.

Entry Requirements

In addition to the general entrance requirements, if GCSE PE has been taken, then grade 4 is required plus the department expects grade 4 in two science subjects. If GCSE PE hasn't been studied, then a grade 5s in science is preferred. Please be aware that the course is mainly theoretical.

Course content

The course is linear and all assessments take place at the end of year 13, there are 2 written exams and also the assessment of practical performance.

Weekly commitment

4 ½ lessons of theory and practical, combined with at least one hour of home study per one hour of contact time, especially in theory areas.


The coursework makes up 30% of the overall grade.


2 examination papers (paper 1 and paper 2), both 2 hours long

Assessment in one practical activity, plus written/verbal analysis of performance.

Career Prospects

  • Sports Science/Studies
  • Teaching
  • Sports related Physiotherapy
  • Leisure Management
  • Sports Psychology courses
  • Coaching

For further information, contact:

Mr N Wosahlo, Head of PE