Sport & Physical Education

Development of a lifelong love of sport and physical activity is the key aim at Cardinal Langley and all students are encouraged to take part in regular physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle. Students throughout Years 7 to 9 have two hours of Core Physical Education per week, which is complemented by an extensive extracurricular programme.  In years 10 and 11 pupils will receive 3 hours of PE over each 2 week period

Note that if pupils opt to study PE & Sport at Key stage 4 they will also receive an additional 6 periods of study related to the course they choose which may be class based or practical sessions.

The activities offered are designed to stretch and develop students at all levels and is aimed  towards develop skills , confidence, knowledge and the passion to remain  involved in sport and physical activity for the rest of their lives.

Department Curriculum for PE
KS3 & KS4 PE Curriculum
PE Curriuclum 2021_22 Exam Courses

Exam Specification
PE GCSE Specification
Sport Science GCSE Specification
PE A Level Specification
Sport A Level Specification

Curriculum Pathways & Schemes of Work
KS3 PE Pathway
KS4 PE Pathway
KS4 Cambridge National Sport Pathway

Key Stage 3

Core PE aims to maximise student development through participation in a range of physical activities. The course aims to develop physical competence, promote physical development, and reflect the value of participation both at school and throughout life. It aims to develop technical understanding and help establish self-esteem through the development of physical confidence. It also helps students cope with both success and failure in competitive and co-operative physical activities.



Key Stage 4

PE throughout key stage 4 involves a continuation of the themes studied at key stage three with two dedicated hours per week throughout years 9, 10 and 11. Students are given a greater role in deciding which activities to participate in and will still have opportunities to further develop as part of the department’s extensive extra-curricular programme.




Studying GCSE Physical Education will open your eyes to the amazing world of sports performance. Not only will you have the chance to perform in three different sports through the non-exam assessment component, you will also develop wide ranging knowledge into the how and why of Physical activity and sport.

The combination of the physical performance and academic challenge provides an exciting opportunity for students. You can perform, and then through the academic study learn how to improve your performance though application of the theory.

Physical Education is learned about through a range of different contexts and the impact it has on both ours and other’s everyday lives. You will learn the reasons why we do things, why some people out perform others, mentally and physically. You will also delve into the ethical considerations behind the use of drugs and also gain an understanding of the consequences of inactivity and poor diet.

How will you be assessed?

60% – A total of two hours assessment split over two examination papers (2x 1 hour) taken at the end of the two year course.
30% – Non- Exam Assessment (NEA). Three practical performances

10% – Non- Exam Assessment (NEA). One Performance Analysis task.



The Cambridge Nationals in Sport Science offer learners the opportunity to study key areas of sport science including anatomy and physiology linked to fitness, health, injury and performance; the science of training and application of training principles, and psychology in sport and sports performance. Elite sport has embraced sport science disciplines wholeheartedly in the past few decades which considers every minute detail of an athlete’s training programme, rest time, environment and psychology in the pursuit of excellence. Lessons vary between practical and theory based. Pupils will learn about the ever changing sports industry, developing their understanding and appreciation of health-related fitness and sports and exercise through a selection of specialist units. Pupils will be encouraged to develop people, communication, planning and team-working skills.

How will I be assessed?

75% Written and practical coursework assessment through assignments and tasks (not based on practical ability).

25% Theory Examination.


Sixth Form

Physical Education is an excellent choice if you are:
– Keen to develop your understanding of sport and physical activity through both practical and theoretical learning experiences
– Are willing to participate in a range of activity areas both in and out of school
– Committed to developing your practical performance in different activity areas
– Motivated
– Proactive in your own learning
– Committed to learning outside of lessons through independent study and research

Advanced Level Physical Education provides a platform to a range of higher education and employment opportunities, which include:
– Sports Science
– Physiotherapy
– Coaching/Teaching/Training
– Sports Media
– Armed Forces
– Personal Training and Fitness Industry
– Outdoor Education
– Professional Sport and Performance
– Sports Management
– Health Promotion
– Sports Development Officers

A-Level PE



The BTEC National Award In Sport course has been developed to meet employment opportunities within the leisure and sports industries, which include:
• Health/lifestyle services
• Health and fitness facilities
• Coaching/teaching/training
• Outdoor education
• Professional sport and performance
• Health promotion
• Community Development Officers
• Sports Development Officers