Rowhill School



KS4 pupils will have two 60-minute lessons per week, one practical one being theory. Pupils will be enrolled in the WJEC Eduqas GCSE in PHYSICAL EDUCATION (SHORT COURSE). This course comprises of two types of assessments. Component 1 is: Introduction to physical education which is assessed through a 1 hour written examination and makes up 60% of the qualification. Component 2: The active participant in physical education is the non-exam part of the qualification, which will be assessed through two different activities where pupils will demonstrate their skills in one individual sport and one team sport, this makes up 40% of the qualification.

During theory lessons there are three assessment areas pupils will study:

AO1 – Health, training and exercise  

Pupils will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin performance and involvement in physical activity and sport.

AO2 – Exercise physiology  

Pupils will apply knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin performance and involvement in physical activity and sport

AO3 – Movement analysis  

Analyse and evaluate the factors that underpin performance and involvement in physical activity and sport

During practical lessons pupils will be assessed on:


Demonstrate and apply relevant skills and techniques in physical activity and sport.

Sports pupils will take part in include badminton, table tennis, fitness, tennis and football.

The table below shows the weighting of each assessment objective for each unit and for the qualification as a whole.






Component 1






Component 2






Overall weighting






 The full GSCE specification can be found here:


KS3 pupils will have four 60-minute lessons per week on their timetable. Three of these lessons will be practical and one will be theory. The introduction of a theory lesson will better support pupils for their transition into GCSE PE as well as giving them an insight into other sports which cannot be completed on site, enabling a smoother transition back to mainstream PE. Pupils will be offered the opportunity to learn more about sports that we cannot offer at Rowhill, due to the cohort size and Health & Safety.

Pupils will follow the national curriculum program of study which aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • Are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • Engage in competitive sports and activities
  • Lead healthy, active lives. 

Pupils will build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in key stages 1 and 2, become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and physical activities. They should understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work. They will develop the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and in later life, and understand and apply the long-term health benefits of physical activity.

Pupils will be taught to:

  • Use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, and table tennis.
  • Develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports [for example, indoor athletics.
  • Take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group
  • Analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.

Within practical lessons pupils will take part in three different sports a week and these will change every half term.

  • Autumn 1 – Fitness, basketball and badminton.
  • Autumn 2 – Football, problem solving and table tennis.
  • Spring 1 – Volleyball, hockey and cricket.
  • Spring 2 – Netball, rounders and tag rugby.
  • Summer 1 – Ultimate frisbee, handball and tennis.
  • Summer 2 – Dance, dodgeball and physical literacy.

As part of theory lessons pupils will learn about 12 sports, rugby, football, athletics, rounders, netball, hockey, dance, badminton, handball, gymnastics, basketball and tennis. Within these topics they will look at the rules and regulations and deepen their knowledge of the skills in each sport.

Along with learning about sports, pupils will also be learning about anatomy and physiology and healthy lifestyles. Within anatomy and physiology pupils will look at different areas of the body and be able to label the bones and muscles within the body, the respiratory system. Within healthy lifestyles pupils will learn about how living a healthy lifestyle can have positive effects on mental, physical and social health.

Any further questions can be emailed to Miss Ford at