Welcome to Physical Education

Outwood Academy Shafton P.E Department is committed to providing high quality teaching and learning experiences for our students. We aim to ensure that students reach their full potential and student well-being is nurtured throughout their P.E experiences. The department is passionate about enabling students to access a range of quality extra curricular activities including the chance to join sporting teams and represent the academy at events and fixtures.



Key Stage 3

The Physical Education course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the GCSE course in Key Stage 4. The mission of the Outwood Academy Shafton Physical Education Department is to educate minds, develop healthy bodies, and promote positive attitudes towards lifetime physical activity, fitness, and sports skills. With a quality physical education program in place, each student will be empowered with the knowledge and skills necessary to make responsible lifestyle choices that directly impact his/her health and well-being. This is through a variety of sports which are taught in school by our own teachers with expert knowledge but also through external links to enable a wider learning experience in preparation for students to move from Year 7 through to Year 8.

If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Mr Mike Jepps, Head of Department, m.jepps@shafton.outwood.com

Key Stage 4

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) GCSE PE

Course content:

Component 1: Fitness and Body Systems

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical training

Component 2: Health and Performance

  • Health, fitness and well-being
  • Sport psychology
  • Socio-cultural influences

Component 3: Practical Performance

  • One team activity, one individual activity and a free choice

Component 4: Personal Exercise Programme (Controlled Assessment)

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) GCSE PE is assessed in the following way:


Pearson BTEC Award in Sport, Activity and Fitness

Course content

Aim: Explore body systems, common sports injuries and technological advances in the sector.
Assessment: Internally assigned assignments
Weighting: 30% of total course

During Component 1, students will:

  • Investigate the impact of sport and activity on body systems
  • Explore common injuries in sport and activity and methods of rehabilitation
  • Understand how technological advances have impacted sport and activity.

Component 2 – The Principles of Training, Nutrition and Psychology for Sport and Activity

Aim: Explore how training, nutrition and psychological factors contribute to engagement in sport and activity.
Assessment: Externally assessed
Weighting: 40% of total course

During Component 2, students will:

  • Investigate how training can improve fitness for sport and activity
  • Explore how a healthy diet, macro and micro-nutrients, and hydration are beneficial for sport and activity
  • Understand how psychological factors such as motivation, self-confidence and anxiety can influence sport and activity

Component 3 – Applying the Principles of Sport and Activity

Aim: To understand the attributes of a successful sports leader and plan and lead an engaging activity session.
Assessment: Internally assessed (synoptic)
Weighting: 30% of total course

To achieve this aim, students will:

  • Understand the fundamentals of sport and activity leadership
  • Plan activity sessions for target groups
  • Understand how to plan for health, fitness and diet.

Pearson BTEC Tech Award in Sport, Activity and Fitness is assessed in the following way:


OCR Cambridge National in Sports Science

Course Content:


Mandatory units

Unit R041: Reducing the risk of sports injuries

Taking part in sport and physical activity puts the body under stress. Students will learn how to reduce the risk of injury when taking part in sport through activities such as warm-ups, and knowing how to respond to injuries and medical conditions in a sport setting are all vital skills within the sport and leisure industry.

This unit is externally assessed through an OCR set and marked 1 hour exam. A sample test can be downloaded from the website, where you can also find past papers and examiner’s reports.

Unit R042: Applying principles of training

The role of a coach is to keep their performers in peak condition by monitoring individuals’ fitness and designing bespoke training programmes. Students will learn the principles of training and how different methods target different components of fitness. They will also learn how to conduct fitness tests, interpret the results and design and evaluate fitness, programmes. The OCR-set assignment brings this together through demonstration of this knowledge and skills in a practical task.

OCR Cambridge National in Sports Science is assessed in the following way:


If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mr Mike Jepps, Head of Department, m.jepps@shafton.outwood.com

Enrichment Opportunities

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area. Regular updates can also be found on the department Twitter page: OAShaftonPE