Physical Education


Physical Education has a unique contribution to make to the total education of an individual. At Ellesmere College, we aim to maintain and stimulate pupils' interest and enjoyment in an extensive range of physical activities. We offer all our pupils the opportunity to develop physical skills, fitness and to enable gifted games players and athletes to pursue their chosen sport to high levels of achievement.

All pupils at Key Stage 2, 3 and 4 will have one double PE lesson per week, which is 70 minutes in duration. The PE curriculum ensures that all pupils follow as wide a range of activities as possible. The department strongly believe that young people should be given the knowledge to help them lead a healthy active lifestyle whilst in school and in the future.

During Key Stage 2 pupils will experience the following activities:
Fundamental Motor Skills Programme Gymnastics
Games Skills Indoor Athletics
Net Games Athletics
Swimming (additional double lesson per week)

During Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils will experience the following activities:
Games Skills Swimming
Fitness and Fitness Testing Badminton
Basketball Squash
Tennis Athletics
Volleyball Indoor Athletics
Rounders Baseball
Golf Table Tennis

We offer both GCSE and A Level PE as examination courses. Both are very popular subjects. They enable pupils to experience and promote the value of exercise and healthy living. Furthermore, planning and evaluating sports performances, pupils increase their knowledge of physical activity.

Pupils are assessed in a range of different practical activities with their best four scores counting towards 60% of their final grade. Pupils also have to complete two controlled assessments, which adds to the practical element.

Pupils study various aspects of health, fitness, anatomy and physiology theoretically over their two years on the course, which is then assessed during a 2 x 1 hour examinations at the end of the subject, which makes up the remaining 40% of the marks.

At AS Level pupils will study Anatomy and Physiology, Movement Skills and Socio-cultural Studies and a Practical Unit.

For the A2 level course, pupils also investigate Comparative Studies, Physiology and Sports Psychology coupled with the Improvement of Effective Performance as a practical element.

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport

Aims of the Course

This course has been developed to provide you with the opportunity to gain detailed academic knowledge and understanding of Sport and the related areas of exercise, science and performance. Pupils will develop their understanding of all areas of Sport, including investigating how the body responds to exercise, exploring the techniques used to analyse sports performers and examining the importance of a healthy balanced lifestyle and diet.

Areas of Study

This course is a two year course which is equivalent to 2 A Levels. During the first year, students will be required to complete seven units, leading to 1 A Level. In the following year they will complete the final six units leading to the full 2 A Levels. All students will complete the following units during the course;

  • Unit 1: Principles of Anatomy and Physiology
  • Unit 2: The Physiology of Fitness
  • Unit 3: Assessing Risk in Sport
  • Unit 4: Fitness Training and Programming
  • Unit 5: Sports Coaching
  • Unit 7: Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
  • Unit 8: Practical Team Sports
  • Unit 11: Sports Nutrition
  • Unit 17: Psychology for Sports Performance
  • Unit 19: Analysis of Sports Performance
  • Unit 27: Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport
  • Unit 28: The Athlete's Lifestyle
  • Unit 41: Profiling Sports Performance


The course is made up of 120 credits over 2 years, with units being valued at 5 or 10 credits. Each of which are assessed by a variety of continued assessments which include written assignments, role play, presentations and practical activities.

Career Opportunities

You can progress onto Higher Education at HND or Degree Level in a range of Sports Courses at University. The knowledge and experience developed within the course can be useful when seeking employment in Physical Education, Fitness, Instruction, Sports Coaching, Personal Training, Sports Development and Sports Conditioning. The skills gained on the course are also transferable to a range of job areas.