What does this course involve at Key Stage 3?

During KS3 (Y7&8) students take part in a wide variety of sports and activities. These are grouped into the following themes, with one theme being covered per module. All pupils will take part in each theme. Pupils are grouped in mixed gender and mixed ability groups.

Tactics and Strategies (B/D) ‐ Netball, Football, Hockey, Handball, Rounders, Baseball, Cricket, Lacrosse, Rugby, Cross Country, Basketball and many other team sports

Aesthetic Activities (B/C) ‐ Dance, Fitness, Trampolining and Gymnastics

Problem Solving ‐ Activities involving teamwork along with team and decision making challenges

Developing technique ‐ Any game or individual sport in which a technique is required, the sports selected are often tailored to the group- examples include football, rugby, netball, volleyball, badminton

Participating in problem solving activities ‐ Team building, leadership, problem solving, orienteering and OAA activities

Students take part in one theme per module and cover a range of sports within it. This has proven a lot more beneficial to progress and allows students to compare and link sports together. It also allows for pupils to transfer their skills and knowledge across a range of sports as well as gaining confidence in many activities.

Students are given grades from 1‐ 8 in 4 areas:

A – Knowledge and Understanding

B – Planning for performance

C – Applying and Performing

D – Reflecting and Improving


What do you need to be successful in this course?

To be successful students need to participate fully in lessons to develop their knowledge and understanding of skills and their application in team and individual sporting situations. Pupils need to be open to try all sports

Year 7

3 lessons a week; 2 practical, 1 theory

Year 8

2 lessons a week; practical

Year 10 & 11  (up to 2018)

BTEC Sport First Award level 1/2

The students can study the BTEC Sport Level 2 award at KS4. This is equivalent to one GCSE

  • It is a 120 guided-learning-hour qualification
  • It has core units and optional units
  • 25% of the qualification is externally assessed.

Edexcel sets and marks these assessments

The remaining 75% of the course is coursework based and is assessed internally.

The Core units include:

Unit 1: Fitness for Sport and Exercise – COMPULSORY

This unit is externally assessed using an onscreen test. Edexcel sets and marks the test. The assessment will be one hour and be marked out of 50. This accounts for 25% of your final marks Learning aims In this unit you will:

A: Know about the components of fitness and the principles of training

B: Explore different fitness training methods

C: Investigates fitness testing to determine fitness levels

Unit 2: Practical Sports Performance Core Unit – COMPULSORY

This unit is internally assessed.

This accounts for 25% of your final marks.

Learning aims

In this unit you will:

A: Understand the rules, regulations and scoring systems for selected sports

Practically demonstrate skills, techniques and tactics in selected sport

B: Be able to review sports performance.

Y10: Unit 3: Training for personal fitness – COMPULSORY

This unit is internally assessed.

The unit accounts for 25% of your final marks.

Learning aims

In this unit you will:

A design a personal fitness training programme

B know about the musculoskeletal system and cardiorespiratory system and the effects on the body during fitness training

C implement a self-designed personal fitness training programme to achieve own goals and objectives

D review a personal fitness training programme.

Y11: Unit 4: The Sports Performer in Action

A know about the short-term responses and long-term adaptations of the body systems to exercise

B know about the different energy systems used during sports performance.


Unit 6: Leading Sports Activities – SELECTED UNIT

Optional Unit

This unit is internally assessed.

The unit accounts for 25% of your final marks.

Learning aims

In this unit you will:

A know the attributes associated with successful sports leadership

B undertake the planning and leading of sports activities

C review the planning and leading of sports activities.