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Buxton Community School

Buxton Community School

Physical Education

Head of Department: Christian O'Brien (Contact)

Key stage 3 & 4


Course content

1. The theoretical component – 60% of the overall mark

The areas of study in the theoretical component of the course are split into 2, each assessable by a one hour written examination at the end of the course:

Paper 1 (30% of the overall qualification) – The human body and movement in physical activity and sport.


  • Applied anatomy and physiology e.g. how the human body works and functions during physical activity and the physiological adaptations that can occur due to diet and training.
  • Physical training e.g. develop knowledge and understanding of the principles of training, why we train in different ways and how training plans can be made to optimise results.

Paper 2 (30% of the overall qualification) – Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport.


  • Socio-cultural influences e.g. develop an understanding of how sport impacts on society and exploring the influences of sponsorship and the media.
  • Sports psychology and health e.g. theories related to acquiring movement skills and key psychological concepts affecting performance.
  • Fitness and well-being e.g. the physical, emotional and social benefits of sports participation will be understood as well as the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle.

2. The practical component – 40% of the overall mark

Students will study a minimum of 3 different activities (1 team, 1 individual and 1 from either list), each activity being worth 10% of the overall qualification. The list of activities is stipulated by the Department for Education. Here are examples of some of the activities we may offer / assess as part of our course delivery at BCS:

Team Activity

Individual Activity

Association Football

Amateur Boxing

Badminton - doubles



Badminton - singles




Rock Climbing




Skiing / Snowboarding

Rugby Union


Table tennis - doubles

Table tennis – singles

Tennis - doubles

Tennis – singles




The practical coursework is worth 10% of the qualification and consists of completing an analysing and evaluating performance task. Students have 14 hours of informal supervision whilst they analyse and evaluate their own performance in an activity (from the practical performance list), evaluating strengths and weaknesses of performance and producing an action plan for improvement.


Theory (60% of the total mark)

Students will sit TWO 1 hour written papers at the end of Year 11. The papers will assess knowledge, understanding and application and are worth 60% of the overall course mark (30% from each paper).

Practical (40% of the total mark)

THREE different activities must be presented for assessment. All coursework is marked by the teacher, moderated across the Physical Education team in school and is then moderated by an external moderator in Year 11. This is worth 30% of the total course mark. The coursework component completed under controlled conditions is worth 10%.

Progression routes from this course could include:

  • A Level Physical Education in the sixth form at BCS.
  • BTEC level 3 diploma in sport.
  • Work based training in the sports and leisure industries.

For more information see any member of the Physical Education team.