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Physical Education

Academic Physical Education and Sports Science is taught in the Fifth and Sixth Forms at Norwich School. At both GCSE and A level, pupils follow the AQA specification over a two-year linear course.  Pupils learn and apply traditional disciplines of Sports Science, including exercise physiology, biomechanics, technology, psychology and sport in society as well as a range of sports and physical activities in the practical context.   

An increasing number of pupils choose to study the subject, many of whom go on to read Sports Science at the universities most prominent in that discipline. 

In both GCSE and A level specifications the emphasis is largely upon theory, with only a small element of practical assessment. The expertise and experience of our teachers, combined with our inspiring facilities, enable our pupils to consistently gain excellent grades.

In the Department we encourage pupils to develop an understanding of the many different factors that affect sporting performance. Ultimately, a grasp of how the human body behaves during physical activity, be it exercise or competitive sport, enables pupils to become better performers in their own right. 

To find out more about extra-curricular sport at Norwich School, click here.


5th Form

Fifth Form pupils follow the Physical Education specification from AQA.  This course allows pupils to study a range of Sports Science topics including applied anatomy and physiology, movement analysis, physical training, sports psychology, socio-cultural influences, health, fitness and well-being and the use of data.  

Pupils are examined on the above components in two papers, each worth 30% of the total marks for the course.

The remaining 40% relates to non-examined assessment, all pupils being assessed in three practical performances in the role of player/performer.  One should be in a team activity, one in an individual activity and the third in either. 

In addition, pupils complete a piece of coursework that focuses on the analysis and evaluation of performance in one of their chosen practical performances.

6th Form

A-Level pupils follow the AQA Physical Education two-year linear course. It is not mandatory that pupils have studied Physical Education at GCSE level, however if this is the case, pupils should be prepared to complete some preparatory work before commencing the course.

70% of marks are ascribed to theory, which covers an exciting selection of Sports Science subjects - applied anatomy and physiology, skill acquisition, sport and society, exercise physiology and biomechanics, sports psychology and technology in sport.

Pupils are assessed in two examinations, each worth 35% of the total marks available.  The examination papers consist of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

30% of the marks are ascribed to non-exam assessment.  Pupils are assessed as a performer or coach in one activity and complete a written or verbal analysis of performance piece of coursework.