Physical Education


Here at Park View we are committed to providing students with a broad and balanced PE curriculum. The PE teachers at Park View aim to develop every individual to their full potential physically, mentally, socially and emotionally through our rich sporting experiences. We promote the importance of educating our students on the need to keep fit and healthy throughout school and after school life.

We strongly believe in a highly inclusive approach where each individual can access deep learning and make rapid progress; while understanding the importance of regular exercise and healthy competition. Within the PE curriculum we aim to generate an effective learning environment where students feel comfortable in approaching new and challenging concepts.

PE continues to be compulsory in Key Stage 4 with students having at least one lesson a week, which will take place at school and/or off-site at local sports facilities. 

In lessons we cover a variety of sports to cater for all students and allow students to enjoy PE as much as possible. Examples include: athletics, badminton, basketball, netball, handball, dance, table tennis, trampolining, health related fitness, football/futsal, volleyball, rounders, rugby, tennis, cricket, dodgeball and more.

KS4 PE Options

GCSE PE overview

Our GCSE PE students follow the AQA specification. The course includes both theory (60%) and practical (40%) elements. The practical assessments consist of students performing in their best three sports and includes completing a written piece of coursework.

The rest of the course assessment will come from a 60% theory examination whereby two exam papers will be studied for.

Park View GCSE PE has seen many successes over the years with a number of cohorts. We are continually striving to achieve such amazing results each year.

Please see below a breakdown of the GCSE course outlining some of the content included.


Some examples of topics covered in the course are listed below:

Paper 1    

  • Applied anatomy and physiology

(skeletal and muscular systems, cardio-respiratory system and effects of exercise)

  • Movement analysis

(levers, planes of movements and axes)

  • Physical training

(Health and fitness, components of fitness, types of training and principles of training)

Paper 2 

  • Sports psychology

(skill, ability, goals, targets, information processing, guidance, feedback, arousal, personality types and motivation)

  • Social-cultural influences

(social groups, commercialisation, technology in sport, conduct of performers and spectator behaviour)

  • Health, fitness and well-being

(physical, emotional and social health and well-being and fitness, consequences of a sedentary lifestyle, somatotypes, diet, water balance and energy use)


Some examples of sports covered in the course are listed below:

Handball, Badminton, Basketball, Table Tennis, Netball, Football, Tennis, Athletics and Dance plus many more.


60% Theory. Two exam papers.

40% Practical (NEA) exam on three strongest sports and a written analysis and evaluation of performance assessment (coursework).

Please note that students must be assessed in one team and one individual sport with the third being either a team or individual sport*



BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Sport.

The BTEC is mainly assessed based on coursework and the presentation of a certain number of assignments in order to attain grades at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

The coursework can take a variety of forms including writing, posters, giving talks, using video, power point presentations, carrying out experiments and research. A lot of the coursework will be supported by actually doing the things you will write about. Part of the course will be externally assessed through an online test under exam conditions.

There are a number of units, some compulsory and others optional. These include Fitness for Sports and Exercise, Practical Sports Performance, The mind and Sports Performance, The Sport Performer in Action, Training for Personal Fitness and Leading Sports Activities.

Progressing beyond Year 11

Once you have been successful in GCSE PE this could lead you into many different pathways including being able to study an A Level in PE, A Level Biology, or a BTEC Level 3 in Sports Science.

The progression route after Sixth Form could then lead to studying to become a Physiotherapist, Doctor, PE Teacher, Professional Sports Coach, Personal Trainer, Sports Journalist, Reporting on Sports in the Media or a Lawyer specialising in sports law to name but a few different sporting career paths.

PE Curriculum Overview