Arthur Mellows Village College

Delivering learning for life within an aspirational culture


The PE department is committed to help all students achieve their full potential in Physical Education.  Expectations of students’ effort and behaviour are always high and they are actively encouraged to join in with our extensive extra-curricular programme which is open to all. This timetable is regularly published on the weekly bulletin to students and on the department’s Twitter Page - @AMVC_PE.

The department is fully staffed with experienced Physical Education teachers and a dedicated PE LSA, who come from a wide range of backgrounds and have expertise in a variety of different sports. They are always ready and willing to help and support students throughout their time at the College.

We have fantastic facilities at the College which consist of:

  • Fitness Suite (Recently refurbished)
  • Aerobics Room
  • Sports Hall
  • Multi-Sport Astro Turf
  • Extensive Playing Fields
  • 6 netball courts which convert to 8 tennis courts in the Summer. 
  • Outdoor Basketball Court
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool (Summer term only)
  • Outdoor Table Tennis Tables
  • Dedicated PE classroom


Key Stage 3 Physical Education

Year 7, 8 and 9 students are generally taught in sets within the 2 populations of French and Spanish/German, based on initial physical tests at the beginning of the year together with any assessment grades.  These are regularly monitored throughout the year to ensure students are always pushed to the appropriate level.  Students have 4, 50 minute lessons a fortnight in Years 7 and 8, and 3 lessons in Year 9.

The groups follow the Key Stage 3 schemes of work covering the following activities:

Year 7 and 8

Autumn and Spring Terms - Outwitting through Games (Netball, Football, Basketball, Handball), Gymnastics, Health and Fitness (including use of the fitness suite, dance based exercise, Boxercise and a variety of different training methods).

Summer Term - Athletics, Swimming, Tennis, Cricket and Rounders.

Year 9

Autumn and Spring Terms  - Netball, Football, Basketball, Handball, Table Tennis, Badminton, Gymnastics, Trampolining, Health and Fitness (Including use of the fitness suite).

Netball or Football, Volleyball or Badminton, Table Tennis or Trampolining

Summer Term - Athletics, Cricket, Rounders, Tennis

*Not all students will complete a unit of work in every sport listed*

PE Uniform

Please can parents support their child/children in PE by ensuring that their child has the following kit that is required for each lesson, all items of clothing are available from Chroma Sport:

Item of Clothing


Bottom Half


Plain Black shorts, Track Pants, Skorts or leggings.

Heavy branding (large logo’s, stripes) are NOT permitted Logo’s should be limited to an inch square.

Shorts should be the same length or longer than a student’s longest finger with hands by their sides.



AMVC PE green polo shirt / AMVC Sport Red Polo Shirt (KS4/5 examination PE students only)

Mid Layer

(Compulsory if wearing a top layer)

AMVC PE black ¼ zip training top OR Green AMVC PE Hoodie (Must not be worn outside of PE lessons)

Under Shirts/Compression Layers


Black or White top and bottoms


White Sport Socks/Green football socks


Sports Trainers only – no pumps or fashion shoes allowed

Football Boots – recommended for winter months, please ask your child to confirm with their class teacher for exact timings required.

Safety Equipment

Shin Pads & Gum shields are strongly advised for sports that require them (eg Hockey/Rugby/Football), and are essential for any competitive fixture.


We often contact home through Student Planners so please check your child’s planner on a regular basis for information.

Extra-Curricular Activity

As a department we run a wide range of clubs during lunchtimes and afterschool. These vary according to the time of year but information is regularly communicated to students via lessons, weekly bulletins and our Twitter Page - @AMVC_PE.  We try to encompass as many different activities as possible during these clubs and always welcome new requests from students for clubs they would like to see.

In addition to clubs, we also run a wide range of competitive fixtures against other schools, with particular strengths in Cross Country, Football and Netball. We are also looking to increase opportunities for students with additional needs in the near future.

Gifted and Talented

Annually we attempt to identify our students who are gifted and talented in a sporting capacity. Whilst some students can be easily identified during PE lessons, we would encourage students and parent/carers to contact the department to advise of strong performances we may be more unlikely to identify. We also offer a specific Gifted and Talented day for our students who are consistently performing well in and out of school.  These days are run by different specialists for strength and conditioning, nutrition, and psychology behind our athletes’ success.

Key Stage 4 Physical Education


What will the students do in the subject?

Assessment for the academic element of this course is in the form of two written examinations, worth a combined total of 60% of the final grade. Students will choose three sports to be assessed in practically and this will form 30% of the final grade. Lastly, students will design, complete and evaluate a Personal Exercise Programme (PEP) which will account for 10% of the final grade.

Component 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport (1 hour 15 minute exam).

  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology
  • Long and short term effects of exercise on the body
  • Cardio-vascular system, respiratory system, muscular system, skeletal system.
  • Movement analysis
  • Exercise and fitness components
  • Principles and types of training

Component 2: Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport (1 hour 15 minute exam).

  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Wellbeing and influences
  • Influences on a healthy and active lifestyle
  • Governing body and educational opportunities
  • Nutrition and diet
  • Sports Psychology

Component 3: Practical performance (Internally assessed, moderated by AQA).

For each of their three activities, students will be assessed in skills in progressive drills and in the full context. Students will be assessed in practical performance in three different physical 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).

Students will also be assessed on their analysis and evaluation of their own performance to bring about improvement in one activity through a personal exercise programme (PEP). This will enable students to take responsibility of improving their own sports performance.

Who is it suitable for?

You should choose GCSE PE if you love being active and want to find out more about the science, psychology and sociology behind sport, alongside how to improve your own performance. This is a course particularly for those who are fascinated by physical education, therefore seeking a potential future career in the sport industry

It is a prerequisite for this course to have achieved level 4 in PE, Science and English by the end of Year 9.

It is also compulsory for those who want to choose this course to take part in a sport competitively outside of school or currently represent a school sports team.

What might the subject lead into, ie A Level, further education, career choices?

Students that study GCSE PE may choose to continue their interest into the future by undertaking A Level PE. Within this they study a broad spectrum of modules from sports psychology, sociology, history to physiology. Pupils may also decide to further their studies by taking Level 3 BTEC Sport.

Many students pursue a sports related course at degree level such as Sports Science. Possible career routes include, Dietician, Physiotherapist, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Sports Therapist, Physiologist, Sport Medicine, Teaching, Sporting Event Management, Sports Coach, Sports Marketing, Occupational Therapist.

Key Stage 5 Physical Education

We offer an academic and vocational route in Sixth Form at Key Stage 5.

A Level PE (AQA)

Our vocational offering is the AQA A Level PE course; It is an academic linear course, with all of its formal assessments taking place at the end of Year 13.  It involves two theoretical and one practical unit. In recent years we have been developing the courses delivery seeing progression in results year on year.


Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport

What’s assessed:

  • Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Section B: Skill acquisition
  • Section C: Sport and society

How it’s assessed:

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 105 marks
  • 35% A-Level

Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport

What's assessed:

  • Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics
  • Section B: Sport psychology
  • Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport

How it's assessed:

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 105 marks
  • 35% of A Level

Non-exam assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport.

What's assessed:

  • Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity.
  • Plus: written/verbal analysis of performance.

How it's assessed

  • Internal assessment, external moderation
  • 90 marks
  • 30% of A-level

BTEC Sport Level 3

Our Vocational offering is the BTEC National Level 3 in Sport course. Our students have always been very successful in this course.  The course develops students’ understanding at a higher level, through different vocational scenarios.  Students study a variety of core and optional modules, which allows for greater interest for our students.  All levels of study will include a mandatory unit in Anatomy and Physiology which is a written 1 hour 30 minute paper.

The 2 year linear course for the Extended Certificate (equivalent to one A Level) in Sport includes the following 4 units:

  1. Anatomy and Physiology (Examination)
  2. Fitness Training and Programming for Health Sport and Well-being (Assessed Task)
  3. Professional Development in the Sports Industry
  4. Practical Sports Performance.

The 2 year linear course for the Foundation Diplomas (equivalent to 1.5 A Levels) in Sport includes all previous units with an additional 3 units:

  1. Sports Leadership
  2. Sports Psychology
  3. Application of Fitness Testing.