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Sir William Ramsay School

Empowering Everyone to Achieve

Physical Education (PE)

Department Staff

Mr J Cook

Head of PE

Miss E Bird

Deputy Head of PE

Ms G Davis

Teacher of PE

Miss K Grigg

Teacher of PE

Mr L Smith

Teacher of PE

Mr J Evans

Teacher of PE


Curriculum Overview


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Curriculum Intent

While attending Sir William Ramsay School our students will experience a curriculum that has been designed to inspire and motivate them in the world of Sport. Through this our students will develop a range of personal skills including teamwork, graciousness and resilience. Our lessons will equip them with the confidence to succeed and enjoy a variety of sporting activities and will enable them to perform leadership roles. This will then allow students to develop habits that will support them in gaining positive mental well-being and maintaining lifelong fitness beyond their school experience.


KS3 National Curriculum – PHYSICAL EDUCATION 

Departmental Aims of Physical Education 

Teach lessons that offer students the opportunity to: 

  1. 1.Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities 

  1. 2.Be engaged in competitive sports and activities 

  1. 3.Be physically active for sustained periods of time lead healthy, active lives. 


  1. Develop their confidence, determination, self-awareness and sportsmanship. 

  1. Engage a high number of students in extra-curricular opportunities 

The Physical Education Curriculum 

Students build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in key stages 1 and 2, become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and physical activities. They are taught what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work. They develop the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and in later life and understand and apply the long-term health benefits of physical activity. 

Students are taught to: 

  • use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders, rugby and tennis] 

  • develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports [for example, athletics and gymnastics] 

  • perform dances using advanced dance techniques in a range of dance styles and forms 

  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group 

  • analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best 

  • take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs 

KS4 Core PE National Curriculum – PHYSICAL EDUCATION 

Physical education is compulsory for all Year 10 and 11 students.  Emphasis is placed on recreational and sporting activities for personal enjoyment and fitness as well as promoting and developing high levels of skill in particular sports. Students have the opportunity to participate in Netball, Badminton, Athletics, Cricket, Rounders, Softball, Tennis, Handball, Basketball, Football, Rugby, Football and Fitness Gym. 

The core Physical Education programme aims to build upon many of the activities covered in Key Stage 3, in order to develop the depth of understanding which would allow the student to continue to enjoy that activity once they leave school. 

Within the core PE programme for a group of motivated students there will be the opportunity to undertake a Sports Leaders Level 1 Award. This qualification would support those undertaking the GCSE Sports Science course or for those who would like to gain a qualification relating to working with young people. During core PE lessons students will complete tasks relating to how we plan and run sporting activities. The lessons for this will be taught through a combination of practical and theory lessons. 

KS4 - Cambridge national in Sports Science 

Course Outline 

This course is in addition to the compulsory core PE programme that students follow from year 7 through to the end of year 11. It looks at sport and healthy active lifestyles in far greater detail than is possible in the core PE programme, both practically and theoretically. 

Course Requirements 

You should have a real interest in sport and be someone who enjoys learning about anatomy, physiology, injury prevention, improving personal fitness through appropriate training and diet, and the role of psychology in improving performance.  

Course Content & Assessment 

The Sports Science course is a level 1/2 qualification which includes two mandatory units (Includes one exam) plus two additional unit which are internally assessed. Although much of the content is taught theoretically, students do get the chance to learn practically with a particular focus on gym training. 

Mandatory Units 

  • Reducing the risk of sports injuries (Externally Assessed Exam) - Students learn how to prepare participants to take part in physical activity so that they minimise the risk of injuries. They also learn how to respond to common sporting injuries and how to recognise the symptoms of some common medical conditions.  

  • Applying the principles of training (Internally Assessed Coursework Unit) - Students develop knowledge and understanding of the principles of training and how to keep performers in peak physical condition. They apply practical skills in fitness testing and in designing bespoke training programmes to suit individual requirements.  

Selected Units 

  • The body’s response to physical activity (Internally Assessed Coursework Unit) - Students explore how the body changes and responds to physical activity. They develop knowledge and understanding of the musculoskeletal and cardio-respiratory systems and some of the changes that occur in response to physical activity, both short term and long term.  

  • Sports nutrition (Internally Assessed Coursework Unit) - Students explore the role that diet plays in different sports and activities and the importance of a healthy, balanced diet that includes essential nutrients in the correct quantities. They use the knowledge they gain to produce an appropriate, effective diet plan for a performer.  


Students may consider direct entry into the Level 3 sport course in the sixth form. Future careers might include PE teaching, sports coaching, physiotherapy, leisure management and fitness training.  

KS5 - BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport 

Course Outline 

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport is intended to be an applied general qualification for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment in the sport sector. The qualification is equivalent in size to one A-Level. 

Course Requirements 

Students should have previously completed Cam Nat Sports Science at L2 Merit grade or above or have achieved at least 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 and have an existing involvement in sport. 

Course Content and Assessment 

The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport is a 60 credit and 360 guided learning hour qualification that consists of three mandatory units plus a further selected unit. 

Mandatory Units 

  • Anatomy and Physiology (examined unit) 

  • Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-Being (examined unit) 

  • Professional Development in the Sports Industry 

Selected Unit 

  • Sports Leadership 


Units 1 and 2 are externally assessed though examination. All other units are internally assessed and externally moderated by Edexcel. 


With this course students can progress into careers in the sport industry or into higher or further education in the sports sector. 

KS5 - BTEC level 3 subsidiary diploma in Public services 

Course Outline 

Do you have an interest in the public services? Are you interested in UK politics? Have you a desire to join the armed forces, police or fire service? Do you think you have the skills to be a successful leader? If you think this could be you, then this course is for you. The BTEC level 3 subsidiary diploma in Public Services is designed to give learners the knowledge, skills and understanding needed for progression into employment or further education. 

Course Requirements 

You should have an interest in Fitness, politics and the uniformed or non-uniformed public services. You must have at least five GCSEs grade 9-4 including English Language. Due to the fitness levels required to join the public services (Army, Navy, Air Force), students should also have an interest in sport and physical activity. 

Course Content & Assessment 

The BTEC Level 3 subsidiary diploma in Public Services is a 60 credit and 360 GLH qualification, which is broadly equivalent to one A level. It includes three mandatory units and two optional units. All units are internally assessed. 

Mandatory Units 

  • Government, Policies and the Public Services 

  • Leadership and Teamwork in the Public Services 

  • Citizenship and Diversity in the Public Services 

Selected (Optional) Units 

  • Crime and its Effects on Society 

  • Physical Preparation, Health and Lifestyle in the Uniformed Public Services 


There are a range of opportunities for a career in the public services including roles in the police, army, fire service, nursing, RAF, security and border control and many more. Students may consider direct entry into other employment, or onto university with students going on to study subjects.