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Physical Education


Sport is at the heart of school life providing every student with the opportunity to fulfil their sporting aspirations in the embodiment of the school’s motto ‘Auctore Deo’.  

The department consists of seven highly qualified and enthusiastic Physical Education teachers ably supported by a number of staff members from other curriculum areas. This knowledge base allows students to have the opportunities to compete at house, district, county, regional, national and even international level.

At Campion, we are blessed with a large expanse of green space allowing for 7 rugby pitches as well as a football pitch and cricket square. In the summer this space transforms into an athletics venue, in which we have a 400m grass track as well as a multi-purpose jumps pit, shot put circle and discus cage. Our facilities also include an all-weather astroturf surface, swimming pool, sports hall and gymnasium as well as 3BX Fitness Suite.  

Our pupils experience a broad range of sporting opportunities that stretch across the curriculum. In the younger years, practical PE is the focus providing an emphasis on participation, a healthy lifestyle and a breadth of experience across a wide range of activities. At KS4 & 5 the specialisms of GCSE, A level and BTEC sports courses allow pupils to refine and develop their sporting interests.

We are proud of our extensive and inclusive extra-curricular programme which encourages pupils to commit to training sessions on a weekly basis. Clubs run throughout the year, before, during and after school, as pupils develop their catholic values through involvement in sports.

Over the years, Campion has developed a national sporting pedigree. In Rugby Union, we remain the only state school to win the prestigious NatWest Cup, previously known as the Daily Mail Cup. Our fixture card runs across two full terms and allows us to compete against some of the country’s finest rugby-playing schools. When summer arrives, our pupils strive to make progress in the national athletics competition.  

The school's focus on sport allows staff to broaden the sporting horizons of our young people through taking students on a variety of sporting tours both at home and abroad. These memorable experiences give our students exposure to sport in a new environment as well as a cultural immersion. 


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GCSE Physical Education OCR

Exam Board Entry Requirements Subject Leader

A passion for sport and exercise - plus the ability to perform and be assessed in three separate sports. 

Mr Squire

Content overview

Component 01: Physical factors affecting performance

Students explore how parts of the human body function during physical activity and the physiological adaptations that can occur due to diet and training. They also develop skills in data analysis, and an understanding of the principles of training, why we train in different ways and how training plans can be made to optimise results.

There are two topics:

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Physical training.

Component 02: Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology

Students develop their knowledge of the social-cultural and psychological influences on levels of participation in sport, and also how sport impacts on society more broadly. This includes the individual benefits to health, fitness and well-being of participating in physical activity, as well as the influences of commercialisation, sponsorship and the media.

There are three topics:

  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Sports psychology
  • Health, fitness and well-being.

Component 04: Practical performances

Students are assessed in performing three practical activities and one performance analysis task. In the practical performance, they demonstrate effective performance, the use of tactics or techniques and the ability to observe the rules and conventions under applied conditions.

Component 05: Analysis and evaluation of performance (AEP)

Students are required to demonstrate their ability to analyse and evaluate their own or a peer's practical performance to produce an action plan for improvement.

A Level Physical Education OCR

Exam Board Entry Requirements Subject Leader

Minimum of a grade 6 in GCSE Physical Education

(Grade 5 Theory module evidence required)

Be a high performer in at least 1 Sport

Mr R Squire


Physiological factors affecting performance

Applied anatomy and physiology

Exercise physiology


Psycological factors affecting performance

Skill acquisition

Sports psychology

Social cultural issues affecting performance

Sport and society

Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport

Performance in Physical Education

Students assessed in one practical activity.

Students to complete moderated project on the evaluation and improvement of a performer.

Assessment- Performance in Physical Education

Physiological factors affecting performance – 30%

Physiological factors affecting performance – 20%

Social cultural issues – 20%

Performance in physical education – 30%

Progression- Higher education/vocational destinations

This A level can provide you with the opportunity to go on to university and study sport related degrees such as Sport and Exercise Science, and work towards a variety of careers, including physiotherapy, teaching, sports nutrition, sport massage and many more!

BTEC Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science

Exam Board Entry Requirements Subject Leader
Edexcel At least 4 GCSEs 4-9, including Mathematics, English and PE Mr R Squire

Sport and Exercise Science is the application of scientific principles to sport and exercise. The key scientific strands within the sector are biomechanics, physiology and psychology.

Sport and Exercise Science has become a key industry contributing £20.3 billion to the economy.  The number of sport related jobs in the UK is estimated at over 400,000.

The sector workforce is expected to grow by approximately 11% by 2020, meaning vocational qualifications for the sport sector are vital.


This been designed as a full two-year programme of study, enabling learners to develop a substantial common core of knowledge, including anatomy, exercise physiology and psychology, research methods and a research project and fitness testing, allowing them the maximum opportunity to study in more depth a full range of option areas.

These include:

  • Sports Biomechanics
  • Sport and Exercise massage
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Coaching for Performance and Fitness
  • Specialised Fitness Training
  • Nutrition for Sport and Exercise Performance
  • Applied Sport and exercise Psychology
  • Field and Laboratory based Fitness Testing
  • Sport Injury and Assessment
  • Sociocultural Issues in Sport and Exercise


The course is 30% external assessment and 70% internal assessment.

External assessments over 4 units:

Two written exams

Two controlled assessments

Internal assessments over 9 units:

Course work over the two years.