NCEASport and PE Faculty

Students have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of sporting activities and teams. Academy students are successful in many different competitions and leagues.

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Fitness Services Edexcel 601/7215/0 (2 A levels)

The BTEC sport course is based around the theory of sport and science. Students will study various units over two years some examples of the units to be covered include; Anatomy and Physiology, Fitness Testing and Programming, Professional Development in the Sports Industry, Sports Leadership and Sports Injury Management. The course is mainly classroom based but we try to carry out practical sport to enhance the student’s experience. We have links with Newcastle Eagles, Newcastle United, Newcastle Falcons, local universities and other local sporting clubs. These partnerships are used over the two years to help deliver a realistic experience for our students.

Assessment Method: 10 units over two years. 2 units are externally assessed through examinations. 8 coursework units are internally assessed.

Career Progression: On successful completion of the qualification, direct entry will be permitted for students to go into the industry in roles such as: l fitness instructor l gym instructor l circuits instructor l exercise to music instructor l aqua aerobics instructor plus many more. It will also enable students to progress to a range of degree programmes related to the sport and fitness sector.


“PE and Sport are great subjects. We learn about the theory of sport and apply our practical knowledge. The teachers get all students to do their best and we set personal targets for our learning. The courses are challenging but we are in a supportive environment. I like the questioning and feedback to extend our understanding. I really enjoyed going to Newcastle Falcons and learning about sports massage.”


A Level Physical Education: OCR

A-level Physical Education provides learners with a course which combines the theoretical knowledge of sports performance, with the requirement for practical performance. Those taking the course will be required to demonstrate, apply and analyse factors which underpin sports performance, as well as understanding the reasoning behind people’s choices in physical activity. Students will examine a broad range of topics within the course, including socio-cultural factors impacting on performance, technology in sport, anatomy and physiology, sports psychology and the biomechanics of performance. Practical ability will also be examined through students’ ability to perform in sport, as well as by producing a Personal Development Plan for themselves.

Entry requirements

C in GCSE English Language

C in GCSE Maths

C in GCSE Biology preferred

B or above in GCSE PE or BTEC sport L2 (distinction)

Assessment method:  70% Exam; 15% Practical Performance; 15% Performance Analysis

Career progression:  A level P.E. provides an excellent foundation for further studies and employment in many areas including; Sports Science; Coaching; Sports Development; Medicine; Sports Media; Physiotherapy; P.E Teaching; Sports Psychology;     Fitness Instruction; Officiating

Further information: Mr Blight, Director of NCEASport