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To provide high quality opportunities so that students can develop and prosper both academically and personally.  The health and wellbeing of children determines their opportunities in life. Children with poor health and wellbeing are more likely to develop health problems such as obesity, diabetes and have a higher risk of heart disease as well as enduring a lower quality of life. Physical education at MCA aims to combat this to make students more physically active with an understanding of the importance of lifelong participation in physical activity leading  to a healthy and active lifestyle. We aim to ensure all students are exposed to daily, high quality physical activity to increase students' physical, emotional and mental wellbeing which can in turn increase academic performance.




  • To enable and support a healthy active lifestyle, encompassing physical, emotional, social and mental skills.

  • To provide equitable opportunity to participate and compete at MCA and beyond.

  • Hone an innate enjoyment and appreciation for the world of sport and physical activity, and the impact it can have on a personal and global level. 

  • Develop leaders for MCA, it’s community and the world outside of MCA.



In an exciting introduction to Physical Education at MCA, Year 7 pupils will begin the year engaging in a transition curriculum, exposing them to a variety of activities and opportunities available to them within PE. Across their 2 PE lessons each week, pupils will be immersed into a department which boasts numerous high quality facilities. Our facilities include a sportshall, fitness suite, outdoor courts as well as 2 all weather 4G and 3G pitches which are accompanied by their own brand new outdoor changing provision. During transition, pupils will be introduced to an ethos of participation and enjoyment whilst being encouraged to strive for excellence. Assessment will support pupils to develop in three key areas; Bodies (physical skills and fitness), Hearts (emotions and interactions) and Minds (tactical and creative thinking). 


Following a baseline assessment, pupils can then expect to participate in a variety of individual and team disciplines including Football, Rugby, Hockey, Handball, Netball, Basketball, Badminton, Trampolining, Gymnastics, Fitness, Boxing and Dance. As we approach the summer terms, activities such as Cricket, Tennis, Athletics, Rounders and Softball become available to pupils to further enhance their skills and abilities.  Students in year 7 will also be able to complete the bikeability course to improve cycling habits and support students to be physically active for life.


As pupils move into Year 8, they will have the opportunity to revisit some disciplines, to attempt more advanced skills and build upon their understanding. Lessons will progress in difficulty and challenge as pupils mature and progress towards higher assessment outcomes, preparing themselves for further study and participation in Key Stage 4 PE. 


Our schemes of work focus on the skills and understanding required to participate in the different activities. As well as providing multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate their skills and knowledge, lessons allow for pupils to learn communication and teamwork skills. Through undertaking various roles aside from performer, pupils can demonstrate their creativity and knowledge as a leader, coach or official, facilitating further progress and higher assessment outcomes.

KS4: BTEC PE (Edexcel)


BTEC Sport at KS4 provides students with the skills,  knowledge and understanding of sport and performance. Sport is a 20bn industry which provides over 450,000 jobs in the UK and is in the top 15 mainstream activities in the economy. This means there are more jobs in sport than ever before. This course provides a starting point of a career in sport and is delivered over 4 units. Each unit provides students an opportunity to develop practically whilst studying the theoretical elements that enables students to understand the key concepts of sport and how the body responds to exercise.  


Units Breakdown: 

  • Unit 1 – Fitness for Sport and Exercise (Mandatory) – Externally Assessed Examination

  • Unit 2 – Practical Sports Performance (Mandatory) – Internally Assessed Controlled Assessment

  • Unit 3 – Applying the principles of training (Mandatory) – Internally Assessed Controlled Assessment

  • Unit 4 – The Sports Performer in Action (Optional) - Internally Assessed Controlled Assessment

  • Unit 6 – Leading Sports Activities (Optional) - – Internally Assessed Controlled Assessment


Written Controlled Assessment: 

Which Units will be Controlled Assessment: Unit 2, Unit 3,  Unit 4 and Unit 6. 

How is controlled assessment work completed: Controlled Assessment tasks consist of a variety of presentations, observation records, newspaper articles, voice recordings, evaluations and logs. 

Marks Available: Students can achieve either a Level 1 Pass, Level 2 Pass, Level  2 Merit or Level 2 Distinction within all Units. 

Any other information you feel may be relevant: Each Unit is made up a practical element and a theory element which sit alongside each other. Students have to be able to achieve a standardisation mark across the entire unit


Practical Controlled Assessment: 

Which Units will be Controlled Assessment: Unit 2, Unit 3, Unit 4 and Unit 6. 

What is required practically within each unit:  

Unit 2 – Students have to demonstrate their knowledge and application of the Skills, Tactics and Techniques within two selected Sports. 

Unit 3- Students have to plan and implement a 6 week training programme. 

Unit 6 – Students have to plan and teach a practical activity of their choice. 

Any other information you feel may be relevant: Students will be filmed in their practical application as evidence to show the assessed board of their ability. Students have to demonstrate their knowledge in both practical and theoretical tasks which side by side. Students will require kit for practical lessons. 



Which Units will be in the External Exam: Unit 1

How many marks is the external exam out of? 60 marks

What will my child be tested on? Components of Fitness, Exercise Intensity, Principles of Training, Methods of Training, Fitness Testing 

Any other information you feel may be relevant: Students will be issued with revision booklets and revision workbooks which should be completed as homework. Parents should encourage students to use both as a form of revision and complete homework for deadlines. Students will also have exam questions booklets to work through in and outside of lessons.