Welcome to the PE Department

Aims and Values

The Ethos of the PE department is to encourage participation and promote excellence for all young people.

Our Aims are to provide the highest quality physical education and school for all students of all abilities.
To encourage and enable students to fulfil their full potential through a broad and balanced range of activities encompassing all areas of the National Curriculum.
To give students the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding so they continue to participate in physical activity and lead healthy lifestyles, once they have left full time education.
To develop the physical and mental capacity of the individual and giving the students the opportunity to participate fully, both in groups and as individuals.
To enable them to develop many desirable social and life skills as well as thinking and learning skills.
To encourage them to lead, to listen and to be sensitive to those around them.
To raise the awareness of the value of sports participation and its direct relationship with health and fitness.
To develop spiritual, moral, social and cultural experiences through intra and inter school sport competitions

Resources and Facilities

The Physical Education Department is large and vibrant.

The department consists of eight physical education staff who are specialists in a multitude of practical activities. As a result, the students are exposed to a wide curriculum of sporting activities. PE is as much about theory as it is about the practice, so the staff at Branston ensure the students are prepared in all aspects of the subject. Altogether, it is an ambitious and thriving subject area in the school.

Branston Community Academy has fantastic sporting facilities that includes a large sports hall providing accommodation for a wide range of sports including 4 Badminton courts, 8 Basketball hoops & a full Netball court: a gymnasium; a 4 lane 20m Swimming pool ; an indoor fitness suite which includes cardiovascular and resistance weight machines in addition to an extensive range of free weights.

The facilities outside are extensive and outstanding. Such facilities include 3 new outstanding tennis courts and 6 further Tennis courts and 4 Netball courts. The fields are provide first class flat pitches, essential for high quality performance in football and rugby. We have 3 Football pitches, 1 Rugby pitch, 2 Cricket Nets and extensive Athletics facilities.

Branston Community Academy has a thriving extra-curricular programme organised by the PE Department. Sporting activities vary according to the season. Each year students are offered the opportunity to take part in a range of sports, which include team sports of netball, handball, football, cricket, rounders and rugby, as well as more individual sports such as trampolining, tennis, athletics and table tennis.

In addition to our extra-curricular programme, Branston Community Academy competes in a range of organised leagues and competitions with great success. We are the number 1 sporting school in the Lincoln & Gainsborough area. In the last 2 years we have entered 45 leagues, winning 28, finishing second in 13 and third in 4.

We also run a successful House system of sport from Year 7 to 10. All pupils are placed in one of the 3 houses and have the opportunity to compete in a range of sports every week throughout the year. The sports are ‘A’ & ‘B’ Football, Netball, Benchball, Handball, Badminton, Athletics, Tennis & Rounders.

KS3 Structure

During KS3 the pupils gain an understanding of why it is important to exercise for health and fitness benefits. Pupils take part in a broad range of activities throughout the year, in which they acquire and develop new skills and learn to apply basic strategies and tactics. In addition, they are helped to analyse their own and others' performances. They should 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.

Activities they undertake include:

Football, Rugby, Netball, Badminton, Basketball, Tennis, Swimming, Gymnastics, Dance, Cricket, Rounders, Athletics, Table Tennis, Handball, Street Hockey


All pupils are assessed against GCSE standards. They are therefore compared against Yr 11 pupils and given a mark based on their current level. These marks are out of 10 for individual skills and 15 for overall performance. The mark out of 25 is then transferred to a level.

Their overall PE level is calculated by finding their ‘Best 3’ marks over the year. The ‘best 3’ are taken from an Individual sport, a team sport and the next best from either. This is exactly the same as at GCSE.

However, it must be remembered that this equates to only 30% of the overall mark of GCSE. Therefore, their KS3 level is not a direct representation of their potential for GCSE PE.

KS4 Stucture

Pupils can choose to do GCSE Physical Education during Years 10 and 11. This is a popular, very useful and challenging course in which pupils study topics such as: health and fitness, training, body systems, diet and how sport is organised both locally and nationally. Pupils are also assessed in their own practical performance.

The course appeals to those who:

  • have a keen interest in sport and recreation
  • take part in sport/recreation outside class time
  • want to follow a course that develops knowledge and understanding through practical and classroom-based involvement
  • want to know more about the benefits of sport and exercise
  • are considering a sports-leisure related career or an A-level/ higher education course.


  • develop their knowledge and practical skills in a range of physical activities
  • examine the effects of exercise and how training can improve performance
  • identify ways to develop and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle through participation in physical activity
  • appreciate the benefits of promoting ‘sport for all’

Course Content

The content of AQA’s GCSE (9–1) in Physical Education is divided into three components. Each component is further sub divided into topic areas and the detailed content associated with those topics.

Component 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport: 1.25 hrs

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical training
  • Use of data

Component 2: Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport: 1.25hrs

  • Sports psychology
  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Health, fitness and well-being
  • Use of data

Component 03: Performance in physical education (NEA) - Practical

1) Practical performance of three activities taken from the two approved lists:

  • one from the individual list
  • one from the team list
  • one other from either list.

2) Analysing and Evaluating Performance (AEP), task- based non-exam assessment

  • Analysis and evaluation of performance to bring about improvement in one activity.


  • Physical factors affecting performance (01) -  1.25 hour written paper – worth 78 marks, 30% of total GCSE.
  • Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology (02) - 1.25 hour written paper is worth 78 marks, 30% of total GCSE.
  • Performance in physical education (03) - 100 marks non-exam assessment (NEA) and worth 40% of the final grade.

Staff expect students to have a good level of fitness throughout the course and to take part in an extra-curricular clubs. The course requires an aptitude for, and understanding of, scientific theory: being good practically is not enough to ensure a good grade.

Career Opportunities
As well as being the ideal preparation for the A-level Physical Education course, GCSE Physical Education allows for progression to related vocational qualifications such as BTEC, Certificate & Diploma in Sport.

The course develops many transferable skills that key skills employees are looking for. A qualification in this subject can lead to a wide variety of employment opportunities, including the armed forces, the civil service, coaching, fitness industry, leisure industry, officiating, and recreational management.

Pupils receive 1 double lesson per week in Year 10 and 11. They tackle complex and demanding physical activities. They get involved in a range of activities that develops personal fitness and promotes an active, healthy lifestyle.



KS4 Cambridge National

Cambridge Nationals are Level 1 and 2 courses and are designed to allow students the freedom to explore more deeply the things that interest them. The teaching of the qualification involves a lot of teaching through practical work, learning skills and how to do things that may be relevant to the world of work.

A lot of the qualification is assessed by coursework set and marked by the teacher. This will be done throughout the duration of the two-year course. So, if you prefer project work to exams, enjoys research and doing practical things, then the Cambridge National may be a better option than a GCSE.

The Cambridge National in Sport Studies takes a more sector-based focus, whilst also encompassing some core sport/physical education themes. Students have the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge about different types of sport and physical activity, skills development and sports leadership to their own practical performance. They will learn about contemporary issues in sport such as funding, participation, ethics and role models, and sport and the media. Students will develop an appreciation of the importance of sport locally and nationally, different ways of being involved in sport and of how this shapes the sports industry.

It is equivalent to a GCSE in PE

The course consists of the following:

There are 4 Units to be completed over the 2 years. Each are worth 25% of the course


Compulsory Units:

Unit 1: Contemporary Issues in Sport – EXAM BASED – 1 hour exam: Can be taken TWICE

This unit sets the context of sport within the wider environment and how it reflects society and its values. Students will explore a range of topical and contemporary issues in sport, as well as the promotion of values and ethical behaviour through sport. Students will also learn about the role of high-profile sporting events and national governing bodies in advancing sports’ attempts to positively impact upon society and showcase their worth beyond providing entertainment.

Unit 2: Developing Sports Skills – CENTRE ASSESSED UNIT

Students will develop their skills, techniques and use of tactics/strategies/compositional ideas in both an individual and a team sporting activity. Students will also improve their understanding of the rules to allow them to act in a number of officiating roles within an activity. As well developing sporting skills, students will also develop their transferable skills such as communication, performing under pressure, using initiative to solve problems and making decisions by considering rapidly changing conditions around them. This will be practical based.

Unit 3: Sports Leadership – CENTRE ASSESSED UNIT

Whether voluntary of professional, the role of the sport leader is imperative in any sport. Adopting the role of coach, manager, teacher or team captain, sport leaders can shape the development of sport by influencing and inspiring those around them to participate and perform in sporting activities. In this unit, students learn more about different leadership roles and styles. They will then go onto to plan and deliver effective and safe sessions and evaluate their own performance. This will have a practical element.


Optional Units: 1 from the following 2 Units:

Unit 4: Sport and the Media – CENTRE ASSESSED UNIT

Sport uses the range of media to promote itself and in turn the media uses sport to expand and maintain uptake of its products. In this unit learners look at the differences in sports coverage across a range of media outlets; the impacts the media has on sport and how this has changed over the years. They will also learn about the effect on public interest and media involvement in sport. Students will develop skills relevant in a range of careers and roles within the sports industry, such as sports reporting/broadcasting, sports analysis or research and public relations or media work within a sports organisation


Unit 5: Developing Knowledge in Outdoor Activities – CENTRE ASSESSED UNIT

Organisations increasingly use outdoor and adventurous activities as the basis for team away-days and teambuilding exercises, requiring individuals to work collaboratively and develop their problem-solving and communication skills as a group. Students will develop their knowledge about different outdoor activities, how to plan an outdoor activity and be able to participate in one. They will develop their communication, decision making and leadership skills in challenging scenarios and environments. This will have a practical element

Also, all Cambridge National pupils undertake the Branston Sports Leadership Programme in Year 10. This is a valuable vocational award that will look very impressive on any references and will help the pupils develop confidence in social and leadership situations. It will also help directly towards your Sports Leadership unit.

From September, 2022, a new curriculum is beginning. This is very similar but only has 3 Units. R184 and R185 are compulsory and we will choose one of R186 and R187.

R184 Contemporary issues in sport - Mandatory - Written exam - 40% -  Exam 1 hr 15 mins

R185 Performance and leadership in sports activities - Mandatory - Set assignment - 40% - Coursework

R186 Sport and the media - Optional - Set assignment - 20% - Coursework

R187 Increasing awareness of Outdoor and Adventurous Activities - Optional - Set assignment - 20% - Coursework


All results are awarded on the following scale:

Level 2 – Distinction* (*2), Distinction (D2), Merit (M2), Pass (P2)

Level 1 – Distinction (D1), Merit (M1), Pass (P1) and Fail/Unclassified

The Future

The course leads directly to our Year 12/13 courses at BTEC Level 3. It does not directly lead to A Level PE. If you wish to do this course, you should take GCSE PE.

KS5 Structure

Why study A Level PE?

The A-level Physical Education qualifications allow students to play to their strengths and gain dynamic theoretical and practical skills for further education or work. AQA have worked with teachers, higher education, the Youth Sport Trust and other subject experts to design our specifications. Topics have been chosen to reflect contemporary changes.

Entry Requirements

Students should have achieved at least a Grade 5 in the GCSE Physical Education (if studied) or a 5 in Science and English. Candidates have to have a keen awareness and interest in current sporting issues

What could this qualification lead to?

The qualifications carry UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers because it meets admission requirements for many courses if taken, alongside other qualifications, as part of a two-year programme of study. It combines well with a number of subjects and supports entry to higher education courses in a wide range of disciplines.

What will I learn?

The A Level courses are modular and are made up of examination and externally assessed coursework elements

  • Unit 1 Factors affecting participation in physical activity & sport
  • Unit 2 Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity & sport
  • Unit 3 Non-exam assessment:Practical performance in physical activity & sport


UNIT 1 THEORY - Factors affecting participation in physical activity & sport (Examination Module).
Module split into three parts: Applied Anatomy & Physiology, Skill Acquisition, Sport & Society

UNIT 2 THEORY - Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity & sport (Examination Module).
Module split into three parts: Exercise Physiology & Biomechanics, Sports Psychology, Sport & Society and Technology in sport

UNIT 3 PRACTICAL - Practical performance in physical activity & sport (Externally Assessed Coursework Module).
Module split into three parts: Execution of skills/techniques in ONE role (performer or coach) in a chosen physical activity, Analysis of own weaknesses within performance in 2 areas, Application of theoretical knowledge to achieve effective performance in the same 2 areas

BTEC National In Sport

Why study BTEC Sport?
The Pearson BTEC National Extended Certificate & Diploma’s in Sport are intended to be an applied general qualification for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to one or two A-levels. The content of these qualifications have been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education.

Students are given the opportunity to:

  • develop knowledge, skills and understanding of sport’s core elements – anatomy and physiology, fitness, training and psychology*
  • to allow education and training for employees in the sport sector.
  • to be assessed leading skills in a sport of their choice.
  • to give learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life, especially within the sporting sector.

Entry Requirements

Students should have achieved at least a Grade 5 in the GCSE Physical Education (if studied) or a 5 in Science and English. Candidates have to have a keen awareness and interest in current sporting issues.

Employers and professional bodies have been involved and consulted to confirm that the content of this course is appropriate and consistent with current practice for learners who may choose to enter employment directly in the sport sector.

What could this qualification lead to?

The BTEC Sport Extended Certificate and Diploma will give learners a solid and sound foundation in the sport sector, whilst also developing the essential skills required for employment, career progression, or progression to further qualifications and training in sport. It is recognised by all Universities’.

The qualifications carry UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers because it meets admission requirements for many courses if taken, alongside other qualifications, as part of a two-year programme of study. It combines well with a number of subjects and supports entry to higher education courses in a wide range of disciplines.

What will I learn?

Extended Certificate – 1 A Level
Learners will study three mandatory content areas:

  • Anatomy and Physiology - EXAM
  • Fitness Training – EXTERNAL TASK
  • Professional Development in the Sports Industry

Learners will also study one optional unit of Sports Psychology

Diploma: 2 A Level’s

In addition to the 4 Units above, learners will study 5 further units:

  • Sport as a Business – EXTERNAL TASK
  • Sports Leadership
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Principles & Practical’s in OAA
  • Application of Fitness Testing


Assessment is specifically designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. It includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sport sector. There are three main forms of assessment; external, internal and synoptic.

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