KS3 Physical Education

During their time at Key Stage 3, pupils will experience a broad and balanced Physical Education curriculum. Emphasis is placed on both skill development and enjoyment during their lessons, with an ambition to promote a healthy and active lifestyle.

Physical Education Department Aims:

  • Achievement
  • Excellence
  • Participation
  • Leadership


As part of the Key Stage 3 curriculum at The Malling School, pupils take part 3 PE lesson every two weeks, with pupils participating in the same activity for 3 weeks.  Pupils participate in different activities covering a variety of the following: Rugby, Football, Basketball, Netball, Hockey, Table Tennis, Badminton, Gymnastics, Dance, Tramploining, handball, Health and Fitness, Rounders, Cricket, Softball, Tennis and Athletics. In addition to this, pupils will also have the opportunity to take experiencing BTEC Sport taster sessions. This allows pupils to build their confidence within the subject and make an informed decision when choosing their options at the end of year nine. We also offer an inclusive inter-form programme that are organised every term.


At The Malling School, we pride ourselves on providing the pupils with many opportunities to develop their skills during and outside of lessons. We offer many extra-curricular activities that run on a termly basis, which all pupils are welcome to attend. These include: Rugby, Football, Netball, Athletics, Badminton,  Cricket and Rounders. To find out which activities are currently running please see our Extra Curricular Clubs. As a school we compete in all local cup competitions against our local schools, we are proud that our students are passionate about representing the school and will always demonstrate The Malling School way even during competitive situations.


Pupils will be assessed in each of the activities that they take part in. Assessment is based on: performance, skill development, knowledge and understanding, tactics and analysis. When pupils are assessed they will be awarded with a TMS point score.

PE KS4 Core PE

Pupils in KS4 follow a different curriculum than in Key Stage 3, student take part in 1 PE lesson a week.  Pupils are given the choice of a number to activities they can participate in for a term in for a term.  Pupils are then given to opportunity to change activity.  Activities to choose from include Rugby, Football, Basketball, Netball, Hockey, Table Tennis, Badminton, Gymnastics, Dance, mountain biking, Tramploining, handball, Health and Fitness, Rounder's, Cricket, Softball, Tennis and Athletics

The purpose of KS4 Core P.E. is to provide pupils with knowledge and understanding on how to perform effectively in sport, to promote a lifelong interest and sport participation

BTEC Sport Level 1/2

What is a BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Sport?

The skills learnt in studying a BTEC First will aid progression to further study and prepare learners to enter the workplace in due course. In the sport sector, typical employment opportunities may include working as a coach or as a fitness instructor. When taken as part of a balanced curriculum, there is a clear progression route to a level 3 course or an apprenticeship.

BTECs are vocationally related qualifications, where pupils develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context.

Additionally, they are popular and effective because they engage pupils to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills include: team working; working from a prescribed brief; working to deadlines; Presenting information effectively; and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes. BTEC Firsts motivate pupils, and open doors to progression into further study and responsibility within the workplace.

What are the aims of a BTEC First Award in Sport?

  • To enable pupils to develop knowledge and understanding of areas within sport through the investigation of a range of sporting organisations.
  • Help prepare pupils for employment, further education or training.

There are four units that should be completed for a Level 2 BTEC First Award in Sport


Assessment method

Unit 1: Fitness for Sport & Exercise

External online exam

Unit 2: Practical Sports Performance

Practical and theory based coursework

Unit 5: Training for Personal Fitness

Practical and theory based coursework

Unit 4: The Sports Performer in Action

Practical and theory based coursework

What does the course involve?

Unit 1: Fitness for Sport and Exercise.

Fitness for sport and exercise is core to the programme of study. This unit has links to, and underpins, the other units for sport. In learning aim A you will cover the components of physical and skill-related fitness and the principles of training. Learning aim B explores different fitness training methods for developing components of fitness, and for learning aim C you will gain knowledge and skills in undertaking and administering fitness tests.

This unit is particularly relevant if you would like to work in sports coaching, elite sport or personal training.

Unit 2: Practical Sports Performance.

This unit focuses on developing and improving your own practical sports performance. This is achieved through your active participation in practical activities and reflection on your own performance and that of other sports performers.

This unit introduces you to a variety of different sports and, through participating in different sports, it is expected that you will develop knowledge of the associated rules, regulations, scoring systems, skills, techniques and tactics.

Unit 4: The Sports Performer in Action

This unit will look at the training effects that occur when a person regularly participates in sport and physical activity over a given period of time.

You will look at the musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory systems and how they function normally (before a training programme, taking part in exercise/sport regularly) and how they can function as a result of taking part in training/exercise/sport over a length of time.

You will also look at the energy systems for different sporting activities. If a performer needs energy quickly, they will rely on energy already stored within the body. For a longer-term period of sport or exercise, the body struggles to store a lot of energy, but it can make energy from resources inside and outside the body. By understanding how your body works and how it can be trained, as a sports performer or as a coach, you can help to make the necessary adaptations in order to produce improved sports performance.

Unit 5: Training for Personal Fitness

This unit takes you through the stages of designing a personal fitness training programme, where you can select any appropriate method(s) of training to improve or maintain your fitness levels safely.

You will also look at gaining awareness of personal exercise adherence factors and strategies, i.e. important knowledge to help you keep to your training schedule. This is then linked to you implementing your personal fitness training programme, maintaining a training diary. Finally, you will review your programme looking at strengths, areas for improvement and suggesting recommendations for future training and performance.

The ability to improve personal fitness is essential for sports performers. However, the same knowledge, understanding and skills are required to improve other people’s fitness, and are essential for a number of job roles in the sector, such as sports coaches and personal trainers.

Sport & Exercise Sciences

Sport & Exercise Sciences at Key stage 5 is a BTEC Level 3 Qualification

  • Subsidiary diploma (single – equivalent to a single As award) 3 Unit Award
  • Diploma (double – equivalent to 2x A levels) 6 Unit Award

Why choose BTEC Nationals in Sport & Exercise Sciences?

The BTEC Nationals in Sport & Exercise Sciences course is designed to enable students to either go into employment or go on to university. Teaching, Sports Science, Sports Therapy, Sports Nutrition, Sports Psychology and Leisure Management are popular options, as well as Sports Coaching, Leisure Assistants and a vast range of other professionals within the world of sports industry.

How useful will it be?

Sport and exercise scientists continue to be a growing presence in the world of sport, and as we look to the future all the signs suggest that their influence in sport will increase. From the elite performers' reliance on a large support team, to the casual gym user's use of ergogenic aids, sport and exercise sciences' core elements of anatomy, physiology, psychology and biomechanics are seen in almost every aspect of, and activity within, the sport and active leisure sector.

What will you need to do to be successful?

To study this subject as a Double Award, you will need a minimum of four GCSE subjects at Grade A*-C or above including Science, or a Merit in Level 2 Sports Studies. (A Pass may be accepted in some instances where evidence of unit merits has been achieved at level 2. This will be discussed on an individual basis.)

To study this subject as a Single Award, you will need a minimum of four GCSE subjects at Grade A*-C or above including Science, or a Pass in level 2 sports studies.

Exam Information

(All units are internally assessed through the production of evidence showing knowledge and understanding of the criteria of the unit.)


Year 12 Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma  - Single Award (3 units over 1 year)

Unit 1 – Anatomy for sports and exercise (Mandatory)

Unit 2 – Sport and exercise physiology (Mandatory)

Unit 3 – Sport and exercise psychology (Mandatory)


Year 12 Level 3 Certificate  - Double Award (6 units over 1 year – equivalent to 1 x A level)

Unit 1 – Anatomy for sports and exercise (Mandatory)

Unit 2 – Sport and exercise physiology (Mandatory)

Unit 3 – Sport and exercise psychology (Mandatory)

Unit 7 – Exercise, health and lifestyle

Unit 8 – Fitness training and programming

Unit 12 – Sports Nutrition


Year 13 Level 3 Diploma - Double Award (12 units over 2 years – equivalent to 2 x A level)

The 6 x units from year 12 plus:

Unit 4 – Research methods for sports and exercise sciences (Mandatory)

Unit 5 – Research project in sport and exercise sciences (Mandatory)

Unit 6 – Biomechanics in action

Unit 9 – Fitness training and programming

Unit 15 – Sports Injuries

Unit 16 – Sports Coaching