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.

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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