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Physical Education at St Edmund’s Catholic School

Key Stage 3

Physical Education at St Edmund’s Catholic School will motivate all students to enjoy, succeed and excel in a range of sports which will help to build character and embed values such as teamwork, respect, resilience and much more. Students will develop competence in a wide range of activities, be physically active for sustained periods of time, and engage in competitive sports and activities to enable them to lead healthy active lifestyles. Pupils will develop the skills of underpinning sport and movement so that they can be transferred into a range of sports and exercise later in life.  Students will be encouraged to work co-operatively, competitively and independently in order to fulfil their potential and contribute positively to the extra-curricular programme here at St Edmund’s.


Over the three years pupils will study a wide range of sports such as:

Netball, Football, Rugby, Hockey, Gymnastics, Basketball, Health and Fitness, Rounders, Cricket and Athletics.


Students will be assessed in a range of skills for each sport. Pupils will be assessed on their ability to use personal, social, cognitive and physical skills, how well they apply them in a competitive situation and in their knowledge and understanding of the rules and tactics. Throughout each unit of work, students will assess their own progress using the performance profile, where both the pupil can assess themselves and then the teacher can add to their performance profile. There will be a formal teacher assessment at the end of each term as they get ready for the different sports we offer.


Throughout the three years students will be taught the correct terminology, ideas and concepts to lead them into studying Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Sport.


Key Stage 4

Pupils at St Edmund’s can opt to continue studying Sport in Years 10 and 11 for GCSE. The school follows the Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Sport syllabus. The course delivers an engaging and relevant introduction to the world of sport for those who wish to pursue in the industry. The course includes important aspects of the industry, such as fitness testing and training for sport and exercise, the psychology of sport, practical sports performance and sports leadership. The course enables the pupils to develop and apply their knowledge, whilst also developing a range of relevant practical skills such as communication and technical skills.  The course will also lead you onto to relevant Sport courses at college or as part of a sixth form A-level programme.


The course has been developed to:

  • Encourage personal development through practical participation and performance in a range of sports and exercise activities
  • Give learners a wider understanding and appreciation of health-related fitness, sports and exercise through a selection of optional specialist units
  • Encourage learners to develop their people, communication, planning and team-working skills by having the opportunity to select from optional units available in the qualification structure
  • Give full-time learners the opportunity to progress to other vocational qualifications, such as the Pearson BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Sport or Sport and Exercise Sciences, or on to GCE AS or A level, and, in due course, to enter employment in the sport and active leisure sector. The level 3 course providing students with enough UCAS points to successfully ascertain University places.
  • Give learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.


Course Specification


The qualification is 120 Guided Learning Hours, which is the same size and level as a GCSE. Pupils will study three mandatory units, covering the underpinning knowledge and skills required for the sports sector:


  • Unit 1: Fitness for Sport and Exercise –

Pupils will build on their knowledge on components of fitness, methods of training, principles of training, additional principles of training, heart rate at rest and during exercise, fitness testing and much more when studying Unit 1. Pupils  assessment for Unit 1 is an onscreen test which is marked externally by Pearson.


  • Unit 2: Practical Performance in Sport

This unit focuses on developing and improving pupils own practical sports performance. This is achieved through their active participation in practical activities and reflection on their own performance and that of other sports performers.


  • Unit 3: Applying the Principles of Personal Training

This unit supports pupils in achieving personal training goals for their chosen activity/sport. Pupils will develop a training programme to maintain or improve their fitness levels, while giving them the opportunity to safely explore other training methods they might not usually experience. Pupils will also explore how their body responds to the training sessions. This unit is synoptic and designed so that you think about all of their learning from across the qualification, and use it to respond to the assessment.


Pupils will build on the knowledge gained in the mandatory units by studying the optional unit of Leading Sport Activities. Pupils will be introduced to the basics of sports leadership and then will be required to plan, deliver and evaluate their ability to lead a sports activity session or component of a session using local Primary Schools or younger year groups within St Edmund’s Catholic School.



There is an online screen examination in Fitness for Sport and Exercise which is externally assessed. The other three units will be internally assessed by the course teacher.  Assessments consist of both theoretical knowledge and understanding, and assessments of practical performance. Students can achieve either a Level 1 award or a Level 2 (Pass/ Merit/ Distinction) award.


Entry Tier

Making the right decision is vitally important because the subjects you choose could influence your future career possibilities. A good entry level for BTEC Sport would be a secure or mastered grade in Physical Education for Year 9 when choosing options as pupils would have built an in depth knowledge into sport for them to succeed in the Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Sport course.

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Sport course is for those students who are  hardworking, work exceptionally well on independent tasks, and are interested and engaged in sports, leadership skills, nutrition, psychology and body systems.

BTEC Sport will also help you to go onto study Sport further at Sixth Form or College Level. On an important note, pupils must be aware that BTEC Sport is 20% practical which means 80% coursework, so if coursework suits your learning this is the course for you. It is not an ‘easy’ subject where you just turn up and play sports. There is more emphasis on the theory that underpins the practical.

Our Mission and Values

“Therefore learn as if to live forever; live as if to die tomorrow” (St Edmund of Abingdon)

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Trust Information

St Edmund's Catholic School is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Edmund's Catholic School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.