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Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School     
Merthyr Dyfan Road
CF62 9YQ
Vale of Glamorgan

Telephone: 01446 403500

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Physical Education

Physical Education

All students study Physical Education at Key Stage Three; they have two hours a fortnight. Physical Education is an option subject at Key Stage Four and Key Stage 5. Throughout Key Stage three students study a variety of practical aspects. The focus is on taking part, team work, coaching and officiating; however there are also opportunities for students to extend their learning and represent the school in the variety of sporting teams. Learning styles are varied in Physical Education, during some units of work the challenges are pupil led and pupils are challenged to design their own lessons.

Staff List

Mrs E Mitchell-Williams (Head of Physical Education)

Mrs M Davies

Mrs R Shepherd (Active Young people’s coordinator)


Students are taught in mixed ability groups in years 7, 8 & 9. In year seven students compete units of work in Netball, Hockey, Swimming, Gymnastics, Rounders and Athletics. In year eight students compete units of work in Netball, Hockey, Life Saving, Health, Fitness & Wellbeing, Tennis and Athletics. In year nine students compete units of work in Basketball, Volleyball, Health, Fitness & Wellbeing, Rounders, Team building and Tennis. Students have an assessment at the end of each unit of work. All assessments marks are used to complete a best fit to award the end of key stage national curriculum level.


Students are taught in mixed ability groups. We follow the WJEC Specification where 50% of the course is practically assessed and 50% is a written examination (40%), along with a written health and fitness project (10%). During the practical units the students will complete the following activities: Netball, Hockey, Swimming, Lifesaving, Health Fitness & Wellbeing, Rounders Tennis and Athletics building on the skills they have learnt at KS3. Assessments are completed at the end of each unit, and the highest 3 sports will attribute to the 50% practical assessment. For the theoretical units of work the following subjects will be studied: Fitness Testing and Training, Physiology of Sport, Technology Development, components of fitness, participation and provision. Students who study the GCSE course are expected to attend at least one after school club per week.

Students who do not chose the GCSE course will have one hour of compulsory core PE a fortnight. This has no examination content.


During year 12 & 13 students will have the opportunity to study the BTEC Level 3 subsidiary (year 12) and Diploma (year 13) in Sport. This course is the equivalent to 2 A levels. Pupils who achieve two Distinction grades will get the 280 UCAS points.

During year 12 the students will study:

Sports Coaching

Fitness Training & Programming

Physiology of Fitness

Anatomy & Physiology of Sport

Practical Team Sport

Exercise, Health & Fitness Risk Assessment

During year 13 the students will study:

Practical Individual Sport

Sports Nutrition

Sports Development

Sports Injuries Rules, Regulation and Officiating in Sport.

This course has no examination, it is practically assessed it also has course work units of work