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Why study PE?

Physical Education and School Sport plays a major part in life at George Dixon Academy and we pride ourselves on supporting every student and their personal development. As such, we have a specialist team of staff who dedicate themselves to improving the performance and knowledge of our students, from our elite standard athletes to those who simply enjoy physical activity and the unquestionable benefits it provides. The information below provides a detailed insight in to our curriculum structure, assessment framework and extra-curricular sports programme.

Students in Key Stage 3 receive two hours of high quality PE each week, with all lessons having a focus of;

  • Skill Development – Nurturing the fundamental and advanced skills to competently perform in a broad spectrum of sporting activities.
  • Theoretical understanding of PE & Sport – To improve effective performance outcomes and increase students understanding of the positive benefits of exercise.

Each of the above elements are weaved in to an extensive Key Stage 3 curriculum that we are extremely proud of here at George Dixon Academy. Throughout the Key Stage, students will be given the opportunity to experience a breadth of traditional sports including Rugby, Football, Netball, Badminton, Basketball, Dance, Handball, Fitness, Table Tennis, Cricket, Rounders and Athletics.

Students are assessed at the end of every half term, this provides an average grade over the year taking into account the range of different activities completed. Students are assessed against 4 areas:

  • Skills
  • Positioning
  • Evaluate and improving
  • Leadership

Career Opportunities

  • Exercise physiologist
  • Fitness centre manager
  • Personal trainer
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Sports administrator
  • Sports coach
  • Sports development officer
  • Sports therapist


Our extra-curricular sports programme is designed to give students the very best chance to further develop their sporting abilities as well as providing an avenue for competitive Local, Regional and National sporting fixtures. Our fixture calendar is vast as we enter teams throughout a range of sports, competing in a number of fixtures throughout the 2017/18 season. Traditionally, George Dixon Academy has always had a strong reputation in Football, Netball, Basketball and Athletics but we also field representative teams in Cricket, Dance and Rounders.

What will I study?

The range, breath and diversity of our curriculum is designed to ensure that we immerse students in to a comprehensive diet of physical activities and sport, in the hope that we engage, excite and excel our students within the subject. As a result, a significant number of our Key Stage 3 students continue their studies in to Key Stage 4.

KS4 – GCSE Course Overview (Edexcel)

Component 1
The Human Body and Movement in Physical Activity and Sport

Movement analysis
Physical training
Applied anatomy and physiology

Written exam - 1 hour 15 mins

Component 2
Socio-Cultural Influences and Well-being in Physical Activity and Sport


Health, fitness and well-being
Sport psychology
Socio-cultural influences


Written exam - 1 hour 15 mins

Component 3
Non-Exam Assessment

Practical assessment in individual activities and team activities
Written Coursework

Practical Assessment

KS4 – Btec Course Overview

The BTEC First qualifications have core and optional units. See Section 4 for more detailed information.

Core units

  • Each qualification has core units totalling 60 guided learning hours.
  • These compulsory core units cover the body of content that employers and educators within the sector consider essential for 14–19-year-old learners.
  • There are usually two contrasting types of core unit. One type focuses on essential knowledge and the other type focuses on applying essential vocational skills.
  • One of the core units is externally assessed.

Optional units

The remainder of the qualification consists of specialist units. Specialist units are sector specific and focus on a particular area within that sector.

Units are tailored to suit the learners and their interested.