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 curriculum at Chatsmore Catholic High School School, students take part in four hours of Physical Education per fortnight. Every four weeks (i.e. eight lessons), students change activities. Our curriculum covers the following activities: Rugby, Football, Basketball, Handball, Netball, Hockey, Table Tennis, Tennis, Badminton, Problem Solving / OAA, 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 Level 1 programme as well as experiencing GCSE PE / BTEC Sport Level 2 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. The club timetable can be located on the school website and fixture results are posted on the PE department Twitter page (@ChatsPE).

We also offer an inclusive inter-form programme during lunchtimes.


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)
  • 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


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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.

EDEXCEL BTEC Level2 Firsts Award in Sport

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What is the BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Sport?

The Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Award in Sport has been designed to provide an engaging and stimulating introduction to the world of sport. The qualification builds on learning from Key Stage 3 for those who may wish to explore a vocational route throughout Key Stage 4. It also provides a good introduction to Sport for learners in post-16 education, and brings together learning at levels 1 and 2 to ensure that every learner taking the qualification completes it with a level of understanding and skill on which to build at a later date.

The Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Award in Sport is taught over 120 guided learning hours (GLH). It has core and optional specialist units. Learners must complete the two core units, and a choice of optional units to reach a total of 120 GLH.

This BTEC First Award has units that your centre assesses (internal) and a unit that Edexcel sets and marks (external).

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The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Sport provides a good foundation for learners in post-16 education, or to entry level job roles within the sector.
Achievement at level 2 provides a suitable foundation for further study within the sector through progression on to other vocational qualifications, such as Edexcel BTEC Level 3 qualifications in Sport or Sport and Exercise Sciences. The underpinning knowledge, practical and vocational skills learnt will also enhance and support progression to a relevant competency-based qualification, such as the Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Sports Development (QCF), or the Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Leisure Management (QCF). Successful learners at level 2 may also consider general qualifications at level 3, such as a GCE in Physical Education or Leisure Studies.

What are the entry requirements?

Learners do not need to achieve any other qualifications before registering for a BTEC First. No prior knowledge, understanding or skills are necessary. There are no specific requirements for this qualification.

If you choose PE as an option the Subject Leader and your class teacher will decide whether you follow the GCSE or BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Sport.

For more information, please consult:

If you want to find out more about this GCSE PE or BTEC course then you can visit the Edexcel website at You could also talk to any of the PE Teachers or email, and they will be able to describe the course in detail and advise you of what you need to do next when it comes to your options.
If you want to find out more on what this subject can enable you to do, don’t forget Mrs Williams is available for career advice.

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