Physical Education


Physical Education

Physical education (PE) develops students’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school.

A high-quality PE curriculum enables all students to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity. It leads to the development of a wide range of skills including the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. In an ambitious Physical Education Department, students learn to perform in a variety of sports activities; to analyse their performance, as well as that of their team; and to make conscious decisions about how to improve based upon their analysis. This process empowers young people to develop the confidence to take part in different physical activities and to learn about the value of healthy, active lifestyles. Actively discovering a sport to enjoy, and developing an aptitude for it helps teenagers make informed choices about lifelong physical activity.

“PE helps students develop personally and socially. They work as individuals, in groups and in teams, developing concepts of fairness and of personal and social responsibility. They take on different roles and responsibilities including leadership, coaching and officiating. Through the range of experiences that PE offers, they learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations.”

Why study PE?

The Physical Education Department is a highly dedicated and enthusiastic team. We strive to provide a supportive, stimulating and enjoyable environment for all of our Pupils to excel and we offer a wide range of experiences that promote their character. We are committed to the delivery of high quality lessons and aim to ensure our Pupils are aspirational about what they can achieve. We aim to encourage a lifelong interest in sport and exercise, providing moments of inspiration and enjoyment that will remain with them beyond their time at Starbank School.

  • Challenges thinking in a fun environment
  • Develops teamwork, leadership and intrapersonal skills
  • Builds movement competences and confidence
  • Triggers thinking and action to create change
  • Explores and develops decision-making and risk

Key Subject Facts

Course Makeup:

  • Exam 25% 25%
  • Non-Exam Assessment 75% 75%

Course Makeup:

  • R051: Contemporary issues in sport Written paper – OCR set and marked 1 hour – 60 marks
  • R052: Developing sports skills – Centre assessed tasks OCR moderated 60 marks
  • R053: Sports leadership – Centre assessed tasks OCR moderated 60 marks
  • R056: Developing knowledge and skills in outdoor activities – Centre assessed tasks OCR moderated 60 marks and skills in outdoor activities

Exam Structure:

  • Written paper OCR set and marked

  • 1 hour – 60 marks

Key Subject Facts

Course Makeup:

  • Exam 60% 60%
  • Non-exam assessment 40% 40%

Course Makeup:

  • Component 01: Physical factors affecting performance
    1.1 Applied anatomy and physiology 1.2 Physical training
  • Component 02: Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology
    2.1 Socio-cultural influences 2.2 Sports psychology 2.3 Health, fitness and well-being
  • Component 03: Performance in physical education (Non Examination Assessment: NEA)
    3.1 Performance of three activities taken from the two approved lists:
    one from the individual list
    one from the team list
    one other from either list
    3.2 Analysing and Evaluating Performance (AEP), task- based non-exam assessment (NEA)

Exam Structure:

  • Physical factors affecting performance (01)
    1 hour written paper – worth 60 marks, 30% of total GCSE.

  • Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology (02)
    1 hour written paper is worth 60 marks, 30% of total GCSE.

  • Performance in physical education (03)
    80 marks non-exam assessment (NEA) and worth 40% of the final grade.

Useful Website Links:

Sport England –

Sport and development –

Sports Coach UK –

Olympic Committee –

BBC Bitesize – GCSE – Health, fitness and training –

Top End Sports – Fitness –

Deviance In Sport (Prezi) –