St Thomas More Catholic High School

Physical Education

Our department consists of committed staff that values the importance of delivering outstanding lessons to ensure pupils achieve their potential.  Our main aim is to provide pupils with a variety of opportunities across the curriculum to ensure they can develop key skills that will help them in aspects of life.  Physical Education allows pupils to learn new skills and achieve success in a caring environment.

For those pupils that like competitive sport, they will be able to take part in extra-curricular activities and be encouraged to join community clubs we have links with.  All activities that are taught in the curriculum will have extra-curricular opportunities after school.

Pupils will also be given the opportunity to take part in Cheerleading and Dance through extra-curricular clubs using external coaches.  They will then have the opportunity to enter competitions for these activities too.

We aim to teach pupils how to live a health lifestyle, understand the importance of fitness, teamwork and promote confidence through leadership opportunities.  We pride ourselves on offering expert teaching and coaching with challenging competition opportunities to promote personal and social development, reflecting an ethos of respect, fair play, determination and excellence.


Years 7 & 8
Pupils receive five hours of Physical Education over two weeks in Year 7 and four hours over two weeks in Year 8.  Pupils will be taught Games, Gymnastics/ Trampolining, Athletics, Health Related Fitness and Dance.  Games can consist of Netball, Football, Hockey, Rugby, Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton, Cricket, Tennis, Rounders and Softball.

Pupils can also access extra-curricular clubs to further extend their knowledge of these games and represent the school.


Years 9, 10 and 11 Core PE
All pupils will take part in a variety of physcial activities both individual and team as listed above.  All pupils receive two hours of Physical Education a week.  New activities introduced at this age are Handball and Gaelic Football.


GCSE Physical Education
The GCSE Physical Education course has three components:
  • Component 1 is Applied Anatomy and Physiology, Movement Analysis and Training
  • Component 2 is Sports Psychology and Socio-Cultural Influences
  • Component 3 is non-exam assessment which requires pupils to perform in three physical activities (specified on the AQA activity list), one has to be a team activity and one must be an individual activity.  They will be assessed on their quality of skills, techniques and tactics, and strategies within numerous activities


Assessment Requirements

Paper 1 - 1hr 15mins:  This will assess component 1 content through multiple choice; short answer questions and a long answer question.  This paper will be sat at the end of Year 11 and is worth 30% of the GCSE.

Paper 2 - 1hr 15mins:  This will assess component 2 content through multiple choice; short answer questions and a long answer question.  This paper will be sat at the end of Year 11 and is worth 30% of the GCSE.

Component 3 is assessed through internal moderation and an external moderation of three practical activities that are worth 10% each.  These activities can be assessed throughout the course as well as an internal moderation day.  Any activities that cannot be assessed within school will require video evidence.  Pupils will also carry out a written analysis and evaluation of performance which is worth 10%; making the component worth 40% of the GCSE.


Exam Board and Specification

We will study the new AQA GCSE specification for GCSE Physical Education (8582).  The link to this qualification is


Top Revision Tips

1.  Understand your learning style; visual, auditory or kinaesthetic - carry out a questionnaire -

2.  Practice past paper questions, there is not better way of being prepared for the exam

3.  Mix up your study habits; listen to podcasts, watch videos, mind maprs, different colours for your study notes!


Suggested Websites

  • GCSE Bitesize

Your can contact the Curriculum Leader, Mrs Lawrence, here.