St Augustine's Catholic College


Taking part in daily physical activity is our number one priority at St Augustine’s. The feel-good factor that being physically active has on our bodies and minds is what drives our passion as a department for Physical Education and the benefits it can bring. So, we have made it our mission to provide a wide-ranging PE curriculum that gives our students the chance to develop their enthusiasm and skills in a broad range of activities, from the more traditional games of football, netball, rugby and hockey to the more individualised sports of climbing, table tennis, orienteering, dance and trampolining. And unlike many, PE and Physical Activity doesn’t stop at Year 11 at St Augustine’s. Developing lifelong participation through continued physical recreation in Sixth Form for us is essential, whilst finding the fun and enjoyment of different, often new, activities, such as power kiting and indo-boarding.   

We’re constantly inspired by our students and their achievements, from Olympic champions, national and regional athletes and county and club performers – and often this ambition starts with our extra-curricular clubs. At St Augustine’s we provide many additional opportunities beyond the curriculum to take part in sport, competitions, festivals and activities and I’m very lucky to work with a team of committed PE teachers and coaches who look forward to welcoming all students to their lunchtime and after school clubs and fixtures.   

Studying Physical Education and Sport at GCSE and A level gives our students the chance to develop a deeper awareness of what it takes to perform at the highest levels in sport. Often our students go on to study sport-specific degrees at university and a handful have gone on to become the PE teachers of the future.

Mr M Andrews, Head of PE

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 provides a PE programme that emphasises lifelong activity, skill acquisition and a knowledge and understanding of activities that enable good decision making - leading to efficient performance in a broad range of activities. We foster a respect for each other through the use of ‘friendly competition’ and our inter-tutor group programme of activities. In Years 7 and 8 students are taught in mixed ability groups and follow a spiral curriculum where the Key Processes of Physical Education are revisited with increasing levels of complexity and independence. Students experience a range of roles (Performer, Official, Coach/Leader, Organiser and Choreographer) through a broad range of activities in preparation for Year 9 and the transition to Key Stage 4. Units of work last between 6 and 12 lessons and are delivered using the Devon PED PASS medium-term plans and the key concepts of competence, performance, creativity and healthy active lifestyles. QCA core tasks (adapted) provide a platform for both formative and diagnostic assessment early in the unit and a summative assessment towards the end.

PE Key Stage 3 Core Schemes of Work

Key Stage 4 Core PE

All students participate in two hours of Physical Education each week and select a ‘Pathway’ depending upon their own strengths and aspirations. Pathways currently specialise in adventurous activities, creative activities and the more traditional strategic and tactical games. Athletic activities and health-related fitness are incorporated across curriculum pathways. We aim to provide a balanced curriculum that allows students to demonstrate increasingly refined techniques; performance becomes more consistent and effective. Students anticipate the responses of others and use this information to adapt their own performance. They undertake different roles, such as performer, coach and official, evaluate accurately and make judgements using the relevant technical terms. Students regularly participate in health-promoting physical activity and show an understanding of the principles used to prepare and monitor exercise programmes for an active healthy lifestyle.

This is not an examination subject but nevertheless, we expect no less in terms of commitment and standards. Students will have the opportunity to gain National Governing Body Awards for performance, coaching, officiating and Sports Leadership, this opens up many employment opportunities for our young people.

Our hope is that all students continue with some form of regular physical activity for the rest of their lives, enjoying its benefits.

PE Key Stage 4 Core Schemes of Work

GCSE Sport Studies

Why Study Sport Studies?

Sport is no longer limited to the traditional study of coaching and teaching. Contemporary Sport is now characterised by the demands for elite performers and of a healthier society. Here at St. Augustine’s, the study of Sport requires as much engagement with the principles of natural and social science as it does with participation in practical sport and fitness activities. Therefore, Sport Studies now functions as a pathway for people with a variety of interests, such as elite sports performance and its analysis, public health, sport and exercise participation, coaching, teaching, the fitness industry, the armed forces, public services and as a stepping stone into further and higher education.

What will I learn?

Over the two years students will:

  • Be inspired, motivated and challenged, enabling them to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career pathways

  • Develop knowledge, understanding, skills and values to develop and maintain their performance in physical activities and understand the benefits to health, fitness and well-being

  • Develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and use this knowledge to improve performance

  • Understand how the physiological and psychological state affects performance

  • Perform effectively in a range of physical activities by developing skills and techniques

  • Develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance

  • Understand the contribution which physical activity and sport make to health, fitness and well-being

Course Content

  • Applied anatomy and physiology: The structure and function of the musculoskeletal system; the structure and function of the cardio-respiratory system; anaerobic and aerobic exercise

  • Movement analysis: Lever systems; planes and axes of movement

  • Physical training: Components of fitness; principles and types of training; optimising training and the prevention of injury

  • Sports psychology: Classification of skills; goal setting; information processing; guidance, feedback and mental preparation

  • Social-cultural influences: Social groupings; commercialisation in sport; ethical and social-cultural issues in sport

  • Health, fitness and well-being: Benefits of physical activity; diet, nutrition and hydration

  • Use of data: Data collection; presentation and analysis of data

  • Practical Performance: Three activities in the role of player/performer (one in a team activity, one in an individual activity and a third in either a team or in an individual activity). Analysis and evaluation of performance to bring about improvement in one activity.

How will I be assessed?

Paper 1: Physical factors affecting performance: Written exam with a mixture of multiple-choice, short answer and extended answer questions. 30% of GCSE

Paper 2: Socio-cultural and sports psychology: Written exam with a mixture of multiple-choice, short answer and extended answer questions. 30% of GCSE

Non-exam assessment: Practical performance in three physical activities/sports. Continuous assessment in skills and in the full context. Analysis and evaluation of performance to bring about improvement in one activity. 40% of GCSE

N.B. Extra-curricular and off-site activities are important components of Sport Studies and allow students to develop their own areas of expertise. Students can be assessed in over 40 different physical activities, many of which form part of our own extra-curricular programme.

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A Level

A Level Physical Education