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The Marlborough Science Academy


Key Stage 3 Physical Education

In Key Stage 3 our aim is to broaden the knowledge and understanding of Physical Education and Sport from Primary level. We aim to deliver a number of units of work that enrich and inspire students and allow them to express their individual qualities as well as enjoy being active and in a team.

All students participate in Swimming each year as well as modules including Football, Rugby, Basketball, Athletics, Trampolining, Dance, Team Building and Striking and Fielding games. By the end of Key Stage 3 students will have gained a broad experience that allows them to be physical, socially, and mentally healthy moving into Key Stage 4.

In Year 7 we cover the following:

  • Trampolining/Dance
  • Swimming
  • Athletics
  • Basketball/Netball
  • Football/Rugby
  • Striking and fielding games

In Year 8 we cover the following:

  • Trampolining/Gymnastics
  • Swimming
  • Athletics
  • Football/Rugby
  • Net games e.g. Tennis
  • Team Building
Physical Education Key Stage 4 


Students who choose to study Physical Education at Key Stage 4 will follow the Pearson Physical Education GCSE course.

The areas covered in the course include:

  • Component 1
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical training
  • Use of data
  • Component 2
  • Health, fitness and wellbeing
  • Sports psychology
  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Use of data

The course requires students to have motivation and a true interest in a wide range of sports. They need to be able to work well with others, be organised and confident. They should also participate in physical activity by playing for the school in one or more of the extra-curricular teams or by playing competitive sport for a club outside of school. There is also an expectation that students are able to play in a number of sports. The course has a heavy emphasis on sports science and learning how the body works and moves for sports performance, this will predominantly be delivered through classroom based activities.

The course enables students to become increasingly physically competent through being actively engaged in a range of physical activities, and to become increasingly effective in their performance in a variety of roles such as player/participant, leader and official.

It enables students to develop their ability to engage independently and successfully in different types of physical activity, and to develop and maintain their involvement in physical activity as part of a healthy, active lifestyle.

The course is assessed through:

  • A practical unit worth 40% of the final grade is assessed under controlled conditions; students have to undertake two different controlled assessment tasks:

Task 1: Students must offer three performances from a range of activities, one team sport, one individual sport and the third can be either. The sports have to be from the approved activity list provided by the examination board (30%).

Task 2: Students undertake an analysis of performance in a selected physical activity and create a personal exercise programme (10%).

  • Examination

Two examinations, 1 hour 45 minutes and 1 hour 15 minutes long, worth a total of 50% of the final grade.

Students who study Physical Education can use the qualification to access a number of different career paths such as professional athlete/ sports person, sports coaching/ leadership, teaching, working in outdoor activities centres, physiotherapy and sports rehabilitation, sports development officer, sporting officials, fitness instructors, sports management and sport psychology. The course also provides a pathway into Post 16 study.

Sport Key Stage 5 

Students who choose to study Sport at Key Stage 5 can follow either the BTEC National Extended Certificate in Sport (equivalent 1 A level) or the BTEC National Diploma in Sport (equivalent 2 A levels) course.

We have an outstanding track record of delivering success with these qualifications over a number of years. The majority of students who have studied these courses have gone on to study sport at university in many different areas of sport across a range of university’s including Loughborough, Birmingham, Bath and Nottingham.

Course Content:

The BTEC Certificate/Extended Certificate enables students to build upon the foundation of the National Curriculum in PE and the GCSE / BTEC First.

All students complete the following units over two years:

  • Unit 1 Anatomy and physiology (Written exam)
  • Unit 2 Fitness training and programming for health, sport and well-being (written exam)
  • Unit 3 Professional development in the sports industry (coursework module)
  • Unit 7 Practical sports performance (coursework module)

Those choosing to study the Diploma course will additionally complete:

  • Unit 4 Sports leadership (coursework module)
  • Unit 5 Application of fitness testing (coursework module)
  • Unit 6 Sports psychology (coursework module)
  • Unit 22 Investigating business in sport and the leisure industry (written exam)
  • Unit 23 Skill acquisition in sport (coursework module)

Students who study either the Certificate or Diploma in Sport can go on to careers in sports development or promotion, sports coaching, sports psychologist, PE teaching, personal training and physiotherapist. The course also provides a pathway into higher education.