What practical activities are pupils offered during key stage 4?

During year 10 the following activities are offered to our pupils:

  • Invasion Games – Rugby / Football / Hockey / Basketball / Netball
  • Net Wall Games – Tennis / Badminton / Volleyball / Table Tennis / Squash
  • Striking & Fielding – Softball / Cricket / Rounders
  • Aesthetic Activities – Dance / Gymnastics / Aerobics
  • Outdoor and Adventurous Activities – On site.
  • Health Related Exercise – On-site fitness work and off-site fitness gyms.
  • Athletics


  • What opportunities are there to receive accreditation in PE in KS4?
  • GCSE Physical Education Full Course (Edexcel)
  • GCSE Physical Education Short Course (Edexcel)
  • BTEC 1st Certificate In Sport (Edexcel)
  • GCSE Dance (AQA)
  • Entry Level Certificate In Physical Education (Edexcel)
  • Living For Sport Programme (Youth Sport Trust)
  • Junior Sports Leader Award



GCSE PE offers you the opportunity to develop skills in a wide range of sports and activities and helps you improve your own performance. As well as developing practical ability you will also learn about exercise, how the body works to help you perform and how performance can be improved through training. The following sections are covered in the theoretical element of the course. Full course covers sections A, B & C. Short course covers sections A & B:

  • A. Exercise & Training: Reasons for participating in physical activity Health, fitness, exercise & performance Skill-related fitness Principles of training Methods of training Diet, Health & hygiene
  • B. Safety Aspects & Risk Assessment In Sport: Prevention of Injury Sports Injuries
  • C. Applied Anatomy & Physiology: The Circulatory System The Respiratory System Bones Joints, Tendons & Ligaments Muscle & Muscle Action

GCSE PE is delivered with pupils having five PE lessons over the two week timetable during both year 10 and 11.

Download the Edexcel PE specification (PDF 64kb)


A BTEC First Certificate in Sport is a practical, work-related course. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. The course will introduce you to the employment area you have chosen and provides a good basis to go on to a more advanced work-related qualification.

You will study three specialist units from the following list:

  • Health, Safety & Injury
  • Preparation for Sport
  • The Body in Sport
  • Sport Leadership Skills
  • The Sports Performer
  • Practical Sport

The BTEC 1st Certificate is delivered over 2 years. Pupils have 4 lessons of PE a week and are given the option to pick up additional units in the second year if they wish to achieve a higher level of certificate.


Pupils are given the opportunity to follow the GCSE Dance (AQA) course as a GCSE option.. The course is run over 2 years, with pupils having five GCSE Dance lesson over the two week timetable. The course aims to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to perform, choreograph and appreciate dance. Pupils are assessed through two major assessments of practical performances with accompanying notes.