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Nottingham Academy

PE in KS4

PE is KS4 is made up of two elements Core PE and Cambridge National Sport Science.

Core PE is a compulsory 2 hour lesson each week developing leadership, technical and team work skills. The core PE programme encourages puils to be more aware of health related activities and the effects of a healthy lifestyle. Activities currently delivered in PE include volleyball, dance, basketball, netball, fitness, athletics and gymnastics. 

Cambridge Nationals Sport Science 


The Cambridge Nationals in Sport Science offer learners the opportunity to study key areas of sport science including anatomy and physiology linked to fitness, health, injury and performance; the science of training and application of training principles, and psychology in sport and sports performance.

Pupils need to have a genuine passion for sport and exercise. They should be interested in the theories and techniques used to develop elite sporting performance and how to maintain a healthy active lifestyle. 

Pupils will be required to work both independently and as a group to perform fitness tests and develop fitness programmes as well as actively demonstrating practical skills and qualities at a high level. 

Students will apply knowledge, understanding and skills in a variety of contexts which add value in the workplace and in higher education. 


25% Examination—Reducing the risk of sports injury.

75% Coursework—Applying the principals of training, sports psychology and sports nutrition.