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Physical Education

In Year 10 and Year 11 students will follow the BTEC Certificate course.

What is a BTEC Certificate?

A BTEC First Certificate is a practical, work-related course. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.

What are the two core units?

Fitness Testing and Training Practical Sport

Fitness Testing and Training

In this unit you will explore the essential fitness requirements and training methods used to achieve successful sports performance.

This will include both lifestyle and psychological factors and the effects these can have on sports training and performance.

You will investigate your own personal fitness levels by participating in a series of fitness tests.

Practical Sport

This unit focuses on developing and improving the your own practical sports performance in one team and one individual sport.

You will develop your understanding of the rules, skills and techniques and what your strengths and weaknesses are in each sport and what you could do to improve further.

How is the course assessed?

All units are assessed and graded as either a pass, merit or distinction. Then an overall grade for the qualification is awarded.

What can I do at the end of the course?

With further training or study, students go into careers in:

  • Sports Centres
  • Leisure Centres
  • Outdoor Activities Centres.

A BTEC prepares you for employment and provides a good grounding to go on to a more advanced courses at college.


Examination board: AQA


The GCSE in Physical Education comprises of two units:


The course requires students to develop knowledge and understanding of PE and physical activity in relation to balanced healthy lifestyles. Students will also develop knowledge in relation to performance in physical activity and how a healthy lifestyle contributes to the growth and development of body systems and structures. In addition to this, students will fulfil a performance role as player/performer and be required to analyse and evaluate performance. Students will be assessed on their performance in 3 different practical activity areas. Students should have a high level of practical ability in a variety of sports.

Owing to the practical nature of this pathway students should be actively participating in competitive sport either inside/outside of school and have an interest in further developing their skills in extra-curricular sport clubs.

Core PE at The Marvell College

During Years 9, 10 and 11 all students will continue to follow a high quality core physical education programme delivered across two 60 minute lessons per week. This compulsory programme offers a broad and balanced experience and aims to develop our students’ confidence to take part in different activities and learn the value of a healthy and active lifestyle. We are confident that our students will enjoy the opportunities provided and will succeed in many kinds of ways discovering what they like to do whilst developing a wide range of physical, mental and social skills.

Mrs E-J Parkin

Head of Physical Education

KS3 - Year 7 and Year 8

Pupils will enjoy and succeed in many kinds of ways and will discover what they like to do, develop the confidence to take part in different physical activities such as badminton, trampolining, football, Rugby, netball, dance, gymnastics, Dodgeball, athletics, tennis and many more. Pupils will learn the value of a healthy and active lifestyle and have the guidance to allow creativity and performance to prosper.

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