Physical Education (PE)

Who We Are

  • Miss H Matthews – Curriculum Leader
  • Mr Humber
  • Miss S Solaymantash
  • Mr L Archer
  • Mr J Tichband – Year Leader
  • Miss D Taylor - Year Leader
  • Mrs R Ridsdale (Deputy Headteacher)


The following map shows the overview of Physical Education in The Emmbrook School and the options that are available to all students.

Year 7


Year 8

Year 9

Key Stage 4 

Examination Board: AQA 

GCSE PE allows you to further develop practical skills, whilst becoming more knowledgeable about the human body, the socio-cultural influences on and the longer-term benefits of regular participation in safe physical activity. It also improves your ability to analyse and appreciate human movement. The course places great emphasis on the value of healthy, active lifestyles, personal health and well-being. Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to become better performers, leaders and officials. You will also be required to plan, monitor and evaluate a Personal Exercise Programme. The course best suits those with a serious interest in the wider aspects of the subject, who want to develop a greater appreciation of the role of physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle. There is a very strong theory section in the course.

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Assessment: Practical performance is worth 40% (including 10% for analysis and evaluation of performance) assessed under controlled conditions. Theory study is worth 60% (examined through two 1 hour 15 minute written papers).

Progression: You can study PE further as an A Level subject or as part of a BTEC Level 3 qualification. GCSE PE also provides a foundation for teaching or coaching sport, careers in the leisure industry, sports journalism and sports medicine.

A Level PE

A-Level PE students develop the ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of physical activity, and to apply this to a range of sporting contexts. Analytical and evaluative skills are developed through both written and oral responses.

Assessment: Practical performance is worth 15%. It is worth noting that this course is entirely theoretical so practical assessments are likely to take place at clubs outside of school. Analysis and evaluation of performance (coursework) is worth 15% and will be based on one performer (yourself, elite or otherwise) in one sport. Coursework will be completed at home and in lessons.

Theory study is worth 70% (examined through two 2 hour written papers).

Progression: A Level PE can open up a range of career opportunities including: sports development, sports coaching, physiotherapy, sports journalism, personal training or becoming one of the next generation of PE teachers

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