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Y9 Options- PE


GCSE PE/BTEC Sport (Foundation Year)

Head of Department:

Miss S Watkins

Examining Board:



What Will I Study?

During Year 9 students will study a broad curriculum which covers content that is needed on both the GCSE PE & BTEC Sport qualifications. Students will experience a variety of lesson activities which are based on the use of ICT, teacher led theory and learning new theory content through practical based activities. Students will also have dedicated practical lessons towards improving practical sporting performance in a range of sports and will experience practical Fitness Testing procedures & Training Methods to improve performance.

Students will study the following topic areas in the theory of Physical Education:

  • Components of Fitness
  • Fitness Testing
  • Principles of Training
  • Methods of Training
  • Warm Ups & Cool Downs
  • Personal Training Programmes
  • Anatomy & Physiology


What Skills Will I Develop?

Collaborative and independent learning skills, Capitalising and Distilling skills through project work.

Knowledge of body systems, movement analysis, fitness testing and training, health and wellbeing.

Ability to evaluate and analyse physical performance in order to improve their own physical fitness.


How Will I Be Assessed?

Students will be graded in 3 main areas during Year 9:

  1. End of topic theory assessments (written papers) that will interleave as the year progresses.
  2. Practical performance in a range of Sports.
  3. Synoptic based 4-6 week Training Programme project.


Following this foundation year at the end of Year 9 (or Easter dependant on cohort), students will be placed in the appropriate Level 2 qualification, either GCSE PE (OCR) or BTEC Sport (Edexcel) for Years 10-11. This will enable each student to achieve the best overall PE/Sport grade for preferred Post 16 pathways.

Note: Due to the nature of how the qualification is assessed, GCSE PE requires students to be competing regularly in Sport(s) outside of school.


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