Physical Education


Foundation and keystone years: Year 7 to 9

The years 7-9 Physical Education programme offers a broad and balanced curriculum that challenges all students, irrespective of an individual’s sporting ability.  We believe that sport and physical exercise is for all and the curriculum should enable all students to achieve in a supportive and rigorous environment.  Our objective as a department will be to encourage a positive mindset that ensures all students develop competence, resilience, confidence and self-belief in a way that supports their health, fitness and future development, promoting a lifelong love of physical exercise and participation in sport.

Additionally, it is essential for all students to experience a level of competition and the sporting values this promotes.  This will be achieved through inter-house sports competitions and the extensive extracurricular sports programme that is currently offered to students at Oakwood Park Grammar School.

Subject Content

All students will undertake a carousel of the following activities:

Single PE lessons:

Table Tennis, Squash, Gymnastics, Basketball, Health Related Fitness, Handball, Cricket & Ultimate Frisbee.

Double PE Lessons:

Football, Rugby, Athletics & Cricket.

The school prides itself on the large amount of curriculum time given to Physical Education. The early promotion of physical education and sport is essential to achieve a lifelong love of physical exercise and participation in sport. As such students receive six hours of physical education per fortnight (two double and two single PE lessons) at OPGS, which above the government recommendation.

GCSE: Years 10 and 11

Exam Board: AQA

GCSE Physical Education will equip students with the knowledge understanding, skills and values to develop and maintain their performance in physical activities and understand the benefits to health, fitness and well-being.

Subject content

Unit 1- The Theory of Physical Education (60% of the overall grade)

This unit consists of two externally marked written examination papers.

Year 10 Paper 1 (1 hour 15 minutes, 78 marks- 30% of the GCSE):

  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology – Musculoskeletal System/Cardio-Respiratory System, long term and short term effects of exercise and anaerobic/aerobic exercise
  • Movement analysis – Lever systems, Planes and Axes of movement
  • Physical Training – Health and Fitness, Components of Fitness, Testing, Training Principles, Training methods, Training sessions, Injuries
  • Use of Data – Data Collection, Presentation of Data, Analysis and Evaluation of Data

Year 11 Paper 2 (1 hour 15 minutes, 78 marks- 30% of the GCSE):

  • Sports Psychology- Classification of Skills, Goal Setting & SMART Targets, Basic Information Processing, Guidance and Feedback on Performance, Mental Preparation for Performance.
  • Socio-Cultural Influences – Social Groups, Commercialisation, Ethical Issues
  • Health, Fitness and Well-Being – Why we do exercise, Sedentary Lifestyles, Energy, Diet

Unit 2- Performance in Physical Education (40% of the overall grade)

Students are assessed in:

Years 10&11- Practical Sports Performance (30% of the GCSE)

  • Practical performance in THREE different physical activities in the role of player/performer (one in a team activity, one in an individual activity and a third in either a team or in an individual activity).
  • Part 1- 5 core skills assessed in conditioned practices
  • Part 2- Application of these skills to a fully competitive performance.

Year 10- Analysis of Performance (10% of the GCSE)

  • Students will be assessed on their analysis (15 marks) and evaluation (10 marks) of performance to bring about improvement in one activity.

A level: years 12 and 13


Exam Board: AQA

This is a highly regarded qualification for all those who wish to pursue further education and/or a career related to the Sports and Fitness Industry.  The course also develops students understanding of a balanced, active and healthy lifestyle, which would be a huge benefit to any career or further education programme.

Subject Content

Exam Paper 1:

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Skill acquisition
  • Sport and society


Exam Paper 2:

  • Exercise physiology & biomechanics
  • Sport psychology
  • Sport and society and technology in sport

Please note– content from both papers/all units is studied in years 12&13 of the course.

The non-examined assessment content:

Students will choose to follow one chosen activity from the prescript list provided by the Department for Education, as a player/performer or coach.

Activity list:

Boxing, Football, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Camogie, Canoeing, Cricket, Cycling, Dance, Diving, Equestrian, Gaelic Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, Hurling, Kayaking, Lacrosse, Netball, Rock Climbing, Rowing, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Sculling, Skiing, Snowboarding, Squash, Table Tennis, Tennis, Trampoline, Volleyball, Blind Cricket, Boccia, Goal Ball, Powerchair Football, Polybat, Table Cricket, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Football or Wheelchair Rugby.

The students will work on core skills performed in various conditioned situations and performance in the full competitive scenario.

The coursework will be a written document of approximately 3500words which will focus on the analysis and evaluation of a chosen performance.  The document will focus on the theoretical application to practical scenarios.



The theoretical assessments are worth 70% of the overall grade:

Paper 1 (35% weighting) – Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport

Paper 2 (35% weighting) – Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport


The Non-examined Assessment (Practical and Coursework) is worth 30% of the overall grade:

Students will be assessed in core skills for their activity and then in the full competitive situation.


They will also complete a 3500-word written analysis of performance piece of coursework.  This will focus on the analysis of a performance and the evaluation and planning to improve the performance observed.

Enrichment and assessment

Foundation and Keystone Years:

A wide range of lunchtime and after-school sports clubs are offered to students throughout the year. Many of these activities are different to those offered within the years 7-9 Physical Education curriculum. The school also has an extensive fixture list providing students the opportunity to experience competitive sport and the values this promotes in district, county and national competitions. Information regarding school sports competitions and fixtures can be found on the school’s sport website. Please select the ‘school sports’ link below:

The extracurricular sports timetable is emailed to parents on a termly basis.

Our enrichment programme sees all students take part in a number of Inter house competitions throughout the year. These competitions play a key part in development of the House Ethos we have in the school. All students are involved in these days, be that as players, coaches, managers, journalists or photographers, allowing students to experience all aspects of the sporting environment.


To achieve a high practical grade (Unit 2- Performance in Physical Education) students must be participating in their three chosen sports on a weekly basis, at a minimum of school/club level. Although some activities can be offered within school (e.g. table tennis), the vast majority of sports will require students to join a club outside of school. This and core PE lessons will also give students the opportunity to apply the theory concepts taught throughout the course.