Physical Education

Key Stage 3

The PE department at Brownhills School offers a wide range of activities designed to encourage all students to have an equal opportunity to participate in sport regardless of ability. We give each student the chance to develop a positive awareness of their body, and be better informed of its function, ability and potential in Physical Education and everyday life. We provide attainable experiences that promote success at every level. Across all year groups we enable students to work independently and as part of a team, so as to contribute to the development of core skills such as communication and team work.


Key Stage 4

What will I study?

All students will take part in Core PE at Key Stage 4. In these lessons, you will be given the opportunity to participate in a regular programme of physical activities which will help develop skills and support living a healthy lifestyle. Core PE will not lead to a qualification in PE.
In addition to this course, you can also choose to study GCSE Physical Education. PE staff can provide guidance on whether this is an appropriate course for you based upon progress and achievement in Year 9. The GCSE course is split into two externally-examined units.


Unit 1: Written exam (70% of final mark): The Theory of Physical Education (examination). In this unit you will study fitness and the body systems, health and performance. You will complete two final examinations through two exams at the end of year 11.

Unit 2: Assessment (30% of final mark): Practical Performance and coursework. In this unit you will be assessed in their practical performance in three chosen activities from a set list.
As part of Unit 2, you will also have to complete a Personal Exercise Plan (PEP). In which you will have to plan, perform and evaluate a 6 week training programme.


What can this course lead to?

Allows progression to higher level qualifications, such as Physical Education A-Level and related, vocationally-focused qualifications such as BTEC National in Sport and Sports Leadership courses.

GCSE Physical Education enables you to become increasingly competent through being actively engaged in a range of physical activities, and to become increasingly effective as a player/participant,  leader and official.

We offer the opportunity to take part in more traditional  sports such as netball, football and badminton, whilst using less familiar sports to try and enhance every students practical performance in this subject. This course is particularly suited to those who regularly take part in a sporting activity in their own time.