Physical Education

Physical Education develops students’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school. With a high-quality PE curriculum at Riddlesdown we enable all students to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity. They develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. When they are performing, they think about what they are doing, analyse the situation and make decisions. They also reflect on their own and others’ performances and find ways to improve them. As a result, they develop the confidence to take part in different physical activities and learn about the value of healthy, active lifestyles. Discovering what they like to do and what their aptitudes are at school, and how and where to get involved in physical activity helps them make informed choices, developing students into “learners of today, leaders of tomorrow’.

PE helps students develop personally and socially. They work as individuals, in groups and in teams, developing concepts of fairness and of personal and social responsibility. They take on different roles and responsibilities, including leadership, coaching and officiating. Through the range of experiences that PE offers, they learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations. This approach to PE allows students of all abilities and students with disabilities to participate more and work together in lessons. This approach to PE works alongside the Riddlesdown commitment and will encourage all students to follow and meet the Riddlesdown values.

Students will be set in 3 different groups and setting takes place at the end of the first half term for year 7 and then takes place at the end of summer term, ready for Autumn term and at the end of spring term, ready for the summer term. Students are assessed every half term on both practical and cognitive skills. This gives all students a variety of ways to make progress in areas where they may or may not have experience.

Key Stage 3

All students in key stage 3 receive a double period of PE each week. In years 7 and 8 students focus on the development of essential skills; developing skills in physical activity; making and applying decisions; developing physical and mental capacity; evaluating and improving; making informed choices about healthy active lifestyles. In Year 9 there is an increasing focus on the theory of sport as we prepare the students for GCSE PE and BTEC Sport. There is a greater emphasis on the body systems and helping them to understand the scientific side of sport such as why we warm up, the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle and which components of fitness are necessary for each sporting discipline.

These key processes will be achieved through a wide variety of activities including: Netball, Hockey, Rugby, Basketball, Handball, Volleyball, Football, Gymnastics, Trampolining, Dance, Table-Tennis, Fitness, Rounders, Softball, Athletics and Cricket. These activities are delivered with a focus on the following themes:

  • Outwitting Opponents
  • Defence and Attack
  • Healthy Active Lifestyles
  • Exploring and Communicating Ideas
  • Accurate Replication

Key Stage 4

In year 10, students opt to study GCSE PE (AQA) or the BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Award in Sport (Edexcel). These courses run for two years.

Key Stage 4 - GCSE PE

Students will undertake a range of practical activities and demonstrate their abilities in increasingly challenging situations. Students will also learn the theoretical concepts that under-pin how sporting performances can be developed and enhanced.

The GCSE PE breakdown is 60% theory, 10 % coursework and 30% practical. The change in theory and practical percentages, makes the course much more challenging and students will need a good understanding of Biology to assist them with the examinations. There will now be two examinations for PE, one focusing on the human body and the other focusing on current affairs and psychology in sport.

Students should be keen and enthusiastic sports men/women, who take part in competitive sport either in or out of the Collegiate. They should have a passion or interest in sport and with excellent sporting knowledge of at least one, if not more sports.

Course structure:

Unit 1: Fitness and Body systems

Written unit: 1 hour and 15 minutes, worth 78 marks and 30% of the qualification.

Content overview

  • Topic 1: Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Topic 2: Movement analysis
  • Topic 3: Physical training
  • Topic 4: Use of data

Unit 2: Socio-cultural influences

Written unit: 1 hour and 15 minutes, worth 78 marks and 30% of the qualification.
Content overview

  • Topic 1: Health, fitness and well-being
  • Topic 2: Sport psychology
  • Topic 3: Socio-cultural influences
  • Topic 4: Use of data

Unit 3: Practical Performance

Non-examined assessment: internally marked and externally moderated worth 75 marks (25 marks per activity) and 30% of the qualification.
Content overview

  • Skills during individual and team activities
  • General performance skills

Assessment overview
The assessment consists of students completing three physical activities from a set list.

  • One must be a team activity
  • One must be an individual activity
  • The final activity can be a free choice

Unit 4: Controlled assessment: Analysis of Performance

Non-examined assessment: internally marked and externally moderated
25 marks and 10% of the qualification.

Content overview

  • Aim and planning analysis
  • Strengths and weaknesses of skills/components

Key Stage 4 - BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Award in Sport

The BTEC Level 2 First Award in Sport has been designed to provide an engaging and stimulating introduction to the world of sport. The qualification builds on learning from Key Stage 3 for those who wish to explore a vocational route throughout Key Stage 4. The qualification provides the starting point for a route to employment into many diverse areas of sport, including junior level roles in the sports and active leisure sector, such as a recreation assistant or sports leader.

BTEC Level 2 First is an equivalent to a GCSE and is graded at either pass, merit or distinction.

Course structure

The course comprises of four units: one unit is externally assessed through an online exam, with the other three units internally assessed.
Students will complete the following units:

  • Unit 1 – Fitness for Sport and Exercise (Exam)
  • Unit 2 – Practical Sports Performance
  • Unit 3 – Applying the Principles of Personal Training
  • Unit 6 – Leading Sports Activities


The Core units are graded P (pass), M (merit) or D (distinction). Passing the course is equivalent to achieving a Grade 4. If you wanted to continue with your studies you could:

  • Take the additional units required for the BTEC Level 2 First in Sport.
  • Take another qualification at Level 2 in an alternative sector eg. another BTEC First qualification or an NVQ.
  • Take a qualification at level 3 in the same or an alternative sector, e.g. a BTEC National Diploma or NVQ

A BTEC Level 2 First in Sport can also prepare you for employment in the Sport and Leisure industry.

Key Stage 5

In year 12, students opt to study A-Level PE (AQA) or the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Edexcel). These courses run for two years.

Key Stage 5 - A-Level

This course builds on experiences from GCSE to enhance your knowledge and increase your understanding of the factors that affect performance and participation in physical education. PE offers you the opportunity to experience a variety of different practical roles including, performer, coach and official, as well as looking into the physiological and psychological effects sport can have on the performer.

Content of Course

There are terminal exams at the end of year 13. This makes up 70% of the A Level with the remaining 30% non-exam assessment (practical) with students assessed in the role of player/performer or coach.

Applied Anatomy and Exercise Physiology – musculo-skeletal system, cardiorespiratory system, neuromuscular system and energy systems.
Biomechanical movement – biomechanical principles, levers, analysis of movement.
Sports acquisition – skill continuums and transfer of skills, principles and theories of learning and performance, skill classification and use of guidance and feedback.
Sports psychology – factors that can influence an individual in physical activities, dynamics of a group/team and how they can influence the performance of an individual and or team and goal setting.
Sport and Society – the factors leading to the emergence of modern sport through to the globalisation of sport in the 21st century and the impact of sport on society and of society on sport.
The Role of Technology in Physical Activity and Sport – the use of technology to analyse physical activity and sport.

Specific Requirements & Skills Required:

  • As the course is 30% practical, you must be competent in one of the three following categories: player/performer or coach
  • The ability to apply knowledge and understanding from different areas of course content to physical activity and sport
  • To be able to use theories, concepts, principles and models to analyse and evaluate physical activity and performance
  • Competent in Biology and be able to relate to the physiological and psychological effects of exercise


You can use A Level PE for a variety of different higher education courses, but the most common ones generally lead to sports science, and students hoping to become physiotherapists. There are also links with the media, coaching and teaching roles, with popular courses being offered for all of the above.

Key Stage 5 - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport

Sport can lead to many opportunities in life and this course is designed to inform students of the different routes and careers available to them. The BTEC course builds on knowledge learnt through GCSE Physical Education. Students will also have the opportunity to take part in practical activities. Each unit will be assessed through assignments which will be based on the units covered. This course is ideal for students who have a real passion for sport and enjoy both the practical and theoretical aspect. We offer the Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma, which is equivalent to 3 A Levels.

Content of Course

There are 11 mandatory units, 3 external and 8 internal. The remaining 4 units will be selected from the optional units in group C:


  • Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology (M) – externally assessed
  • Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being (M) – externally assessed
  • Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry (M) – internally assessed
  • Unit 4: Sports Leadership (M) – internally assessed
  • Unit 5: Application of Fitness Testing (O) – internally assessed
  • Unit 6: Sports Psychology (O) – internally assessed
  • Unit 7: Practical Sports Performance (M) – internally assessed
  • Unit 8: Coaching for Performance (M) – internally assessed
  • Unit 9: Research Methods in Sport (M) – internally assessed
  • Unit 18: Work Experience in Active Leisure (O) – internally assessed
  • Unit 19: Development and Provision of Sport and Physical Activity (M) – externally assessed
  • Unit 22: Investigating Business in Sport and the Active Leisure Industry (M) – externally assessed
  • Unit 23: Skill Acquisition in Sport (M) – internally assessed
  • Unit 25: Rules Regulations and Officiating in Sport (O) – internally assessed

Skills Required

The BTEC course will require certain skills, which include:

  • Good time management
  • The ability to work independently
  • Motivation
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • The ability to take on both positive and negative feedback allowing you to review and improve assessed work


Students can use BTEC Sport as a basis for a variety of different courses at University including sport science, sports development and PE teaching. Alternatively, students can also use the course for a pathway into a career, for example, fitness instruction, personal training, sports partnerships, coaching and sport development officer

Sport at Riddlesdown

Sport at Riddlesdown Collegiate has grown and grown over the past few years, and now the Collegiate is recognised throughout the County. There are more than 50 school teams currently at Riddlesdown Collegiate, with competitive fixtures held every year in sports such as Football, Rugby, Netball, Basketball, Cricket, Rounders, Athletics, Swimming, Handball, Trampolining, Tennis, Badminton, and Table Tennis.

Riddlesdown Collegiate has always had a lot success in Croydon School Competitions, and the size of the Collegiate has a big impact on this, with such a huge array of talent in every year group. In the past three years Riddlesdown Collegiate has made a real impact on the County in sports such as Football, Rugby, Cricket and Netball. This has brought a lot of success to the Collegiate and is one thing that seems to be getting bigger and bigger every year. In 2019 we won our first ever National trophy as the Year 9 boys were crowned English Schools FA National champions, in a competition in which over 600 schools entered.

The Collegiate’s facilities allows sport to thrive here and gives students excellent opportunities in both curriculum lessons and extra-curricular clubs. Riddlesdown has a huge range of extra-curricular activities, which includes all the sports mentioned previously, as well as Fitness, Dance, Gymnastics, Trampolining and new this year, Lacrosse. The Collegiate also has good club links with Crystal Palace, Warlingham and Trinity RFC, Croydon Netball club, and Kenley Cricket Club.

All the Collegiate’s sporting success, is celebrated at the Annual Sports Awards Evening held at Riddlesdown Collegiate at the end of the year. In 2018, England and Harlequins professional rugby union player, Mike Brown, was our special guest who gave out awards to all the students who received honours in their respective sports.

Alongside our extensive extra-curricular programme we also run annual tours in the major sports. In April 2020 we will be travelling to South Africa for a rugby and football tour.