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Sport (option)

Our aim: Ignite a passion in every young person by creating memories, both inside and outside the classroom, to give them the knowledge and confidence they need to make a lifelong commitment to their physical, mental and social well-being.

Curriculum Overview

In Years 9 to 11 all students continue the Core PE curriculum – they also have the option of studying the Sport and Exercise Studies option in Year 9, and GCSE PE or BTEC Sport in Years 10 and 11.

The Year 9 Sport and Exercise Studies course develops knowledge and understanding of the principles underpinning sport and exercise, allowing students to take a responsibility in making decisions about their own physical health and activity levels. 

In Level 2 BTEC Sport students take a more vocational approach, following a pathway that feeds individuals’ curiosity through exploring the sports industry, developing knowledge and applying it to the chosen context. 

Year 9 Sport and Exercise Studies option topics

Big Questions Terms 1 and 2: What are the Components of Fitness?  How can they be tested and applied to Badminton?

  • Components of Fitness
  • Warm up and cool down
  • Fitness Tests
  • Rules and regulations of Badminton
  • Technical and tactical knowledge of Badminton

Big Question Terms 3 and 4: How does Football use different types of training within the development of skills and fitness?

  • Aerobic & Anaerobic Exercise
  • Types of Training
  • Principles of Training
  • Officiating in Football

Big Question Terms 5 and 6: How is the body built to support movement and performance in Netball?

  • Basic Movements
  • The Skeletal System
  • The Muscular System
  • Technical & Tactical knowledge of Netball

Year 10 BTEC Sport topics

Big Question: How can I improve my own and other participants sporting performance? 


  • Components of physical fitness and skill related fitness
  • Roles and responsibilities of the specific officials in a range of sports
  • Rules and regulations in sports
  • Planning drills and conditioned practices

Year 11 BTEC Sport topics

Big Question: How do I Prepare Participants to Take Part in Sport and Physical Activity


  • Types and providers of sports activities
  • Types of participants
  • Barriers for participation and how to overcome them
  • Types of equipment, technology and clothing used for sports participation
  • How to prepare participants for physical activity (Warm up’s)

Big Question: How can I Develop Fitness to Improve Other Participants Performance in Sport and Physical Activity?


  • The importance of components of fitness on sporting performance
  • Methods of training 
  • Principles of training 
  • Exercise intensity
  • Fitness testing 
  • Effects of long term fitness training on the body systems 
  • How to create a personal training programme.