Physical Education and BTEC Sport

Physical Education and BTEC Sport

Physical education at Clifton College is distinguished from other curricular areas by its primary focus on the body and on physical experience. It is an integral part of the educational process, without which a child’s education is incomplete. Through a diverse range of experiences providing regular, challenging physical activity, the balanced and harmonious development and general well-being of the pupil is fostered. The subject lessons develop a desire for daily physical activity and encourage constructive use of free time and participation in physical activities in adult life.

Through physical education the pupil can experience the joy of physical exertion and the satisfaction of achievement, while developing skills and positive attitudes that enhance self-esteem. Physical education provides opportunities to develop desirable personal and social attributes: the concept of fair play; the acceptance of success and failure; and the ability to co-operate in group situations. These opportunities contribute to the understanding and promotion of a healthy balanced active lifestyle.

Why Study At Clifton College?


Our excellent sports facilities include a sports centre, comprising a large hall with indoor cricket nets, an indoor swimming pool, a gymnasium, weights room and cardio-vascular room. Close by are the Rackets court, Fives courts and tennis and netball courts.

Games activities are divided between the 20 acres of local playing fields (including the famous Close) and 90 acres at the Clifton College Sports Ground, known as Beggar’s Bush. This includes three Astroturf hockey pitches, 36 tennis courts, a Real Tennis court, indoor tennis centre, 3G football and rugby pitch and sports pavilion. Rowing takes place on the River Avon.


All pupils receive compulsory Physical Education lessons in Year 9. These are practically based and aim to introduce pupils to physical activities that they would not usually experience in their Games activities. Pupils follow two modules: Health & Fitness Training and Swimming & Life Saving.


IGCSE Physical Education (Cambridge)
The syllabus provides learners with an opportunity to study both the practical and theoretical aspects of physical education. It is designed to encourage enjoyment in physical activity by providing learners with an opportunity to take part in a range of physical activities and develop an understanding of effective and safe physical performance. This helps learners to develop an appreciation of the necessity for sound understanding of the principles, practices and training that underpin improved performance, better health and well-being.

A Level PE (OCR)
The content of this course has been designed to allow learners to study Physical Education (PE) in an academic setting, enabling them to critically analyse and evaluate their physical performance and apply their experience of practical activity in developing their knowledge and understanding of the subject. 

The examined components will provide the knowledge and understanding which underpin the non-exam assessment (NEA). The NEA within this specification allows learners to explore an activity in detail as a performer or coach, chosen from a wide variety of sporting activities. Learners will also analyse and evaluate performance in a chosen activity as part of their NEA.
This course will prepare learners for the further study of PE or sports science courses as well as other related subject areas such as psychology, sociology and biology.

BTEC Sport (Pearson)
The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport is intended to be an Applied General qualification for post-16 learners wanting to continue their education through applied learning, and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the sports sector. The qualification is equivalent in size to two A Levels and has been designed as a two-year programme.

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. Employers and professional bodies have also been involved and consulted to confirm that the content is appropriate and consistent with current practice for learners who may choose to enter employment directly in the sport sector.