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Physical Education

At RFSS, GCSE PE gives students the opportunity to dig deeper into sport performance at its best. To learn the physiology and biomechanics behind the human body in sport, is to understand why it can perform skills required in different sports. 

We learn how our bodies systems work together to protect, nourish, move, recover and train for all sports. We learn about the psychology behind the perfect game or the perfect execution of a skill and how our mental state impacts what we do.


To keep the body in good 

health is a duty...otherwise 

we shall not be able to 

keep the mind strong and 




We learn how data and statistics can guide and manipulate training, and how everything we put in our bodies has a positive or negative impact on our performance. We train and play sports to a high level, challenging our bodies and ourselves, to reach a level of excellence, to know and understand the demands we go through.

GCSE PE is an excellent course for those who want to push their knowledge academically and practically. It will leave students with a diverse range of knowledge in 7 different areas: anatomy and physiology, movement analysis, physical training, health fitness and wellbeing, sport psychology and socio-cultural Influences, as well as practically training and assessing students across 3 different sports. This is a big step up from core PE at KS3, in which students are given and taught health, wellbeing and physical knowledge through sports. Now at KS4, choosing GCSE PE, you increase your academic knowledge, ready to complete written theoretical exams as well as perform practically, and conduct a training program which is presented and assessed through coursework. It is a demanding course and one that requires excellence and competence, both practically and academically. The curriculum at GCSE level has excellent links with biology, food and nutrition, maths and sociology. 


What are they learning?


Throughout the course, students will develop their ability to perform effectively in different physical activities by developing skills and techniques, and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas. Students will also develop knowledge and understanding of data analysis in relation to key areas of physical activity and sport, through this content and linking it to other topics. Year 9- students will develop knowledge and understanding of the key body systems and how they impact on health, fitness and performance in physical activity and sport (Musculo-skeletal system, cardio-respiratory system, anaerobic/aerobic exercise, short-term/long term effects of exercise). Students will also develop knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of movement, and their effect on performance in physical activity and sport (lever systems, planes and axis). Year 10 - Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the principles of training and different training methods in order to plan, carry out, monitor and evaluate personal exercise and training programmes. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the benefits of participating in physical activity and sport, to health, fitness and wellbeing (physical/emotional/social wellbeing, sedentary lifestyle, diet and nutrition), and students will develop knowledge and understanding of the psychological factors that can affect performers and their performance in physical activity and sport (classification of skills, SMART targets, guidance/feedback, mental preparation). Year 11- Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the socio-cultural factors that impact on physical activity and sport, and the impact of sport on society (engagement patterns of different social groups, commercialisation of sport, ethical issues). Students will then spend the rest of this year recapping all content in preparation for their exams.

Potential Careers relating to your subject

Biomechanics / Strength and Conditioning Coach / Materials Engineer / Police / Army / Personal Trainer / PE Teacher / Paramedic / Dietitian/ Nutritionist / Occupational therapist / Physiotherapist / Sport Psychologist / Data Analyst / Sports development officer / Grass roots coach / Sport Centre Manager / Coach / Athlete / Working for the Anti-Doping Agency