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Key Stage 4 Physical Education

Key Stage 4 Physical Education focuses on participation and engagement, and provides pupils with a range of opportunities to be involved in physical activity.  At Key Stage 4 students in Year 9 and 10 have one double lesson of PE per week.  Year 11 pupils have one double lesson per fortnight.  Students have the opportunity to adopt a number of responsibilities in a variety of sporting activities.  Leadership forms the basis of teaching and learning at Key Stage 4 and relevant awards are offered to students through core lessons.  All core PE lessons at Key Stage 4 are taught in mixed gender and ability groups.

Sporting activities undertaken by boys and girls at Key Stage 4:

  • Basketball
  • Handball
  • Football
  • Netball
  • Trampolining
  • Fitness
  • Dance
  • Golf
  • Track Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Athletics
  • Rounders
  • Cricket
  • Table Tennis
  • Gaelic Football
  • Badminton
  • Strength and Conditioning

In addition students may opt to follow GCSE PE or BTEC First Certificate in Sport as part of the wide ranging options programme that the school offers.



The GCSE PE course is an academic sporting course equivalent to one GCSE.  GCSE PE is assessed via a theory examination (60% of overall mark), analysis of performance (10% of overall mark), and practical performance (30% of overall mark).  For their practical performance, students are assessed in three different sports.  GCSE PE students are expected to play competitively in at least three sports either inside or outside of school.  For the theoretical examination students will study seven units, in which they will learn about sports physiology, the benefits of sport, sports nutrition, contemporary sporting issues, sports psychology, data analysis and training and performance in sport.  For their coursework students will adopt the role of a sports analyst and conduct a critical review of an athlete’s performance and how it can be improved.  The students also have the privilege of attending many trips throughout the duration of the course.  This course suits students who are dedicated to sport and may wish to continue the study of Physical Education at Key Stage 5.  



The BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Sport is a vocational course equivalent to one GCSE.  The course contains four different units which are covered over a two year period.  The course has one element which is assessed through an exam (Unit 1 Fitness Testing in Sport), however all other units are assessed through coursework.  This allows students to ensure that they reach a grade which reflects their true potential.  The additional three units studied are: Practical Sports Performance; The Mind and Sports Performance; and Sports Leadership.  The coursework for these units can be taught through a variety of methods to help engage and enthuse students.  BTEC pupils will have the opportunity to design class presentations, investigate and research sports literature and design web blogs and videos.  The course suits all learning styles as students have the opportunity to learn through both practical and theory lessons.  Students will have the opportunity to listen to various speakers from within the sporting profession who will give them help and guidance with their work as well as advice about future careers that they may wish to pursue.  Students have the privilege of attending many trips throughout the duration of the course.  This course suits students with a passion for sport, a hardworking attitude and is the perfect foundation for continuing their study onto the BTEC Level 3 course also offered at Bishop Thomas Grant School.


We also offer the Sports Leaders Award (SLA) course.  This is ideal for students wishing to improve their communication and leadership skills.  SLA students undergo a series of lessons, culminating in their final assessment which involves leading students from a local primary school for an afternoon of sports activities.