Porthcawl Comprehensive School / Ysgol Gyfun Porthcawl

Physical Education and Sport

Mr A Stradling (Head of Department)

The PE curriculum provides a balanced and varied physical activity programme and, where possible, gives equal opportunity to boys and girls.

At KS3 pupils follow all major sports which include hockey, netball, rugby, football, basketball and athletics together with gymnastics, swimming, badminton, lacrosse, volleyball, tennis, baseball, rounders, cricket and health related exercise.

At KS4 the curriculum is broadened so pupils experience activities other than the major sports.

The department feels that all pupils should be given the opportunity to experience a variety of sports. Our aim is to provide enjoyment, enthusiasm and opportunity for pupils to take part in physical education both in school and when they leave.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Term 1

Competitive – Rugby, football, hockey, netball, basketball.

Creative – Gymnastics, Dance.

Fitness and Wellbeing – Swimming.

Term 2

Competitive – Rugby, football, hockey, netball, basketball.

Creative – Gymnastics, Dance.

Fitness and Wellbeing – Swimming.

Term 3

Competitive – Athletics, tennis, rounders, baseball.

Year 8

Term 1

Competitive – Rugby, football, hockey, netball, basketball. Creative: Gymnastics, Dance. Health Fitness and Wellbeing: Swimming.

Term 2

Competitive – Rugby, football, hockey, netball, basketball. Creative: Gymnastics, Dance. Adventurous Activities: Life saving.

Term 3

Competitive – Athletics, tennis, rounders, baseball.

Ways in which parents can help

  1. Emphasize physical activity at home. "It's a fact that active parents have active children, so to ensure children reap the benefits of physical activity, such as muscle strength, cardiovascular health, and flexibility, children need to be exposed to an active lifestyle at home."
  2. Encourage children to take part in some form of moderate activity for at least one hour a day.
  3. Reinforce the importance of PE on the national curriculum and be supportive of their child's regular participation.

Useful books/magazines/publications

  1. UNICEF'S Chid Wellbeing Report 2007

Year 9

Term 1

Competitive – Rugby, football, hockey, netball, basketball, badminton, volleyball. Creative: Gymnastics. Health Fitness and Wellbeing: Swimming, Fitness testing.

Term 2

Competitive – Rugby, football, hockey, netball, basketball. Creative: Gymnastics. Adventurous Activities: Orienteering. HFWB: Fitness training.

Term 3

Competitive – Athletics, tennis, rounders, baseball, cricket.

Key Stage 4

Physical Education GCSE

This course allows pupils to build on the experience gained in the previous Key Stages.

It is designed to

  • Encourage the purposeful and enjoyable practice and study of Physical Education
  • Allow pupils to participate in a broad and balanced course in Physical Education
  • Allow pupils to select practical activities that take account of previous achievement, personal interest and individual levels of motivation
  • Enable pupils to acquire self esteem, respect for themselves and others and develop a commitment to an active lifestyle
  • Enable the teaching of the theory elements of the course to arise from and during the practical activities

The theory aspect of the course involves a wide range of interesting topics. These include components of health and skill related fitness, methods of training and developing exercise programmes, factors affecting participation in physical activity.

It also looks at how the body responds to exercise plus sports psychology and technological developments.

Summary of Assessment

  • Written Examination Paper (1 hour 30 minutes - 100 marks) - 40%
  • Practical Assessment (controlled - 120 marks) - 60% Here the pupil is assessed in their best four practical performances

Career Opportunities

'A' Level PE, teaching, coaching, leisure management, health and fitness industry, sports psychology, physiotherapy.

BTEC First in Sport

With a proven track record of improving motivation and achievement for more than 5 years at Porthcawl Comprehensive School, BTEC Sport continues to engage our students to take responsibility for their own learning and develop skills essential for the modern workplace. The next generation of BTEC Firsts are still inspiring learners and opening doors to progression into further study, apprenticeships and the workplace. Learners develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context.

The skills developed include: team working; working from a prescribed brief; working to deadlines; presenting information effectively; and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes. BTEC Firsts motivate learners, and open doors to progression into further study and responsibility within the workplace.

The table below highlights the learning pathway available to our pupils studying BTEC Sport and the possible qualifications that can be gained.

Unit Assessed Award (1 GCSE) Certificate (2 GCSE) Extended Certificate (3 GCSE)
Core Units
Fitness for Sport and Exercise External PE & Sport PE & Sport PE & Sport
Practical Sports Performance Internal PE & Sport PE & Sport PE & Sport
Mandatory Unit
Anatomy and Physiology for Sports Performance External PE & Sport PE & Sport
Optional Specialist Units
The Mind and Sports Performance Internal Any 2 of these 4 units Any 5 from these 9 unites Any 9 from these 10 units
The Sports Performer in Action Internal
Training for Personal Fitness Internal
Leading Sports Activities Internal
Promotion and Sponsorship in Sport Internal
Lifestyle and Well-being Internal
Injury and the Sports Performer Internal
Running a Sports Event Internal
The Sport and Active Leisure Industry Internal
Profiling Sports Performance Internal

Key Stage 5 - AS and A Level

Physical Education AS and A level

Course Details

Qualification Level: AS & A Level
Awarding Body: WJEC
QAN Ref. No. - AS Level: 601/8485/1
QAN Ref. No. - A Level: 601/8439/5

Course Content

  • Develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance.
  • Understand how physiological and psychological states affect performance.
  • Understand the key socio-cultural factors that influence people's involvement in physical activity and sport.
  • Understand the role of technology in physical activity and sport.
  • Refine their ability to perform effectively in physical activity and sport by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas.
  • Develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance.
  • Understand the contribution which physical activity makes to health and fitness.

Assessment Procedure

Assessment Procedure

AS Level

AS Unit 1: Exploring physical education
Written examination: 1.75 hours - 24% of Qualification (72 marks)
To assess all AS subject content

Question types:
Contextualised questions to include multiple choice, data response, short and extended answers.

AS Unit 2: Improving personal performance in physical education
Non-exam assessment - 16% of Qualification (48 marks)
To assess:

  • Practical performance in one activity as a player/ performer
  • Practical performance as a coach or official
  • Personal Performance Profiles

Entry Requirements

At least a Grade C at GCSE PE, a merit or distinction at BTEC Sport or an equivalent qualification.


With a qualification in PE candidates can go on to higher education and pursue a career in teaching and coaching or professional sport, or work in the leisure industry, recreational management or the health and fitness industry.


BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport

Course Details

Qualification Level: Level 3 Diploma
Awarding Body: EDEXCEL
QAN Ref. No.: 601/7218/6

Course Content

Year 12

Unit 1 Anatomy and Physiology (mandatory unit)
Examined, external assessment.

Unit 7 Practical Sports Performance (optional*)
Assignment based, internally assessed.

Year 13

Unit 2 Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being (mandatory unit)
Controlled assessment, externally assessed.

Unit 3 Professional Development in the Sports Industry (mandatory unit)
Assignment based, internally assessed.

In Year 12 the pupils study Unit 1 and Unit 7 so that the pupils gain the equivalent of half an A level in their first year. Units 2 and 3 in Year 13 top up to the full A level equivalent in their second year.

Assessment Procedure

  • 360 GLH
  • Equivalent in size to one A Level
  • 4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external
  • Mandatory content (83%)
  • External assessment (67%)

Entry Requirements

5 GCSE's A*- C. Level 2 in Sport or PE GCSE is helpful but is not a requirement.


A broad basis of study for the sport sector. This qualification is designed to support progression to higher education when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.

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