At Tanfield School we encourage students to develop lifelong participation in sport through offering an extensive range of sporting activities during Core PE, GCSE PE and our extra-curricular programme. Our curriculum path offers six different sporting units of work across Key Stage 3 and the option of GCSE Physical Education offers a more concentrated pathway to allow assessment to take place in 3 activity areas. The depth of these lessons is approximately 10-14 lessons. The list of activities includes: football, cricket, handball, rugby, table tennis, dance, netball, athletics, gymnastics and trampolining. We take pride in our high standards of commitment and sporting etiquette. The extensive extra-curricular programme is for all students and facilitates all levels of participation.

All students should attend their PE lesson with their full Tanfield kit.

Our Curriculum targets the development of physical activity at a high level. At Tanfield we aim to develop the skills, techniques and tactics required in a unit of work while working at a high intensity. Not forgetting the element of fun and enjoyment.

Key Stage 4

Core Physical Education

Course Aims

All students to leave Tanfield School with the aim to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle based on their experiences from Physical Education.

Each student has 2 hours of Physical Education per week in Year 10 and 1 hour per week in Year 11, which is compulsory and therefore not part of the option process. The practical element of the GCSE PE course is taught during this time.

GCSE Physical Education

Students have 2 lessons each week of theory GCSE Physical Education. This focuses on the topics of Component 1 and 2. Component 3 will be taught during Core PE time or externally assessed through a student’s local club.

Component 1:

The human body and movement in physical activity and sport

Written Paper

  • 1 hour 15 minutes written paper
  • 78 marks
  • Combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions
  • Applied anatomy and physiology, movement analysis, physical training and use of date

Component 2:

Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport

Written Paper

  • 1 hour 15 minutes written paper
  • 78 marks
  • Combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions
  • Sports psychology, socio-cultural influences, health, fitness and well-being and use of data

Component 3:

Practical performance in physical activity and sport


  • 100 marks
  • Internal assessment, external moderation

The activities for GCSE Phyical Education can be selected from the table below.

Team activities Individual activities
Association football Badminton Basketball Amateur Boxing Athletics Badminton
Camogie Cricket Dance Canoeing Cycling Dance
Gaelic football Handball Hockey Diving Golf Gymnastics
Hurling Lacrosse Netball Equestrian Kayaking Rock climbing
Rowing Rugby League Rugby Union Rowing Sculling Skiing
Squash Table tennis Tennis Snowboarding Squash Swimming
Volleyball     Table tennis Tennis Trampolining
Specialist team activities Specialist individual activities
Blind cricket Goal ball Powerchair football Boccia Polybat  
Table cricket Wheelchair basketball Wheelchair rugby      

What do I need to do the course?

An interest in both the theoretical and practical elements of sport. Also desirable: representative honours at club, district, county or national level in at least one sport as either player/performer, official or leader.

What could I go on to do at the end of the course?

GCSE Physical Education is essential for progressing on to AS/A2 Level PE. It can lead to careers in Sport Science, Teaching, Coaching, Sports and Leisure Management, Anatomy and Physiology, Physiotherapy and medicine.


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