This highly successful and productive department is dedicated to facilitating and encouraging all pupils to appreciate the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle. Pupils actively take part in a wide range of activities from competitive sports to developing personal fitness in the school’s fitness suite.


Mr R. Hooper
Head of Department, Teacher of Physical Education, Internal Verifier BTEC.

Mrs E. Jones
Teacher of Physical Education & Welsh, Well-Being Ambassador lead.

Mr M. Richardson
Teacher of Physical Education, Public Services & PSE.

Mrs C. Wallis
Teacher of Physical Education.

Mrs S. Gould
Teacher of Physical Education & Maths, Assistant Head Teacher.

Mr A. Campion
Teacher of Physical Education & Humanities, Assistant Head Teacher.


As a department we understand and reinforce the importance of our students understanding how developing physical health and well-being has lifelong benefits. At Ysgol Bryn Elian we pride ourselves in providing a bespoke, broad, and balanced curriculum to cater for the needs of all our pupils.

Understanding the factors that promote, and impact upon physical, emotional, and mental well-being helps pupils to navigate their way through life. We help them make informed decisions that are central to promoting healthy lifestyle choices.

Years 7,8 and 9

To coincide with the launch of the new Curriculum for Wales (CfW) the Physical Education Department has launched a Concept based approach in the delivery of Physical Education. Teaching through a concept-based approach replaces traditional performance-focused lessons to enable all pupils to succeed. Students can develop intra and inter-personal skills, gain a better understanding of their body and minds as well as explore the world around them through conceptual learning.

As a department we are committed to providing all our learners with the absolute best opportunity to develop varied and transferable skills which will benefit them now, and in the future.

Core Physical Education

All learners continue to participate in physical education lessons to support their health and well-being.

Years 10 and 11

Through studying GCSE Physical Education learners will acquire the knowledge, understanding, skills and values to develop and maintain their performance in physical activities and understand the benefits to health, fitness, and well-being. Learners will develop theoretical knowledge of the factors that underpin physical activities and sport.

The GCSE Physical Education course is examined through written examination (50%) and practical performance (50%). Students must also complete a PFP (Personal Fitness Programme) in a sport of their choice.

Years 12 and 13

Equivalent to 1.5 A Levels this exciting course is extremely popular in the sixth form.

Students take on a range of work-related scenarios tailored to local industry. Assessment tasks take the form of written reports, presentations, and practical tasks. Units covered include Anatomy & Physiology, Sports Leadership, Fitness Testing, Sports Psychology and Practical Sports performance.


BTEC Nationals are widely recognised by industry and higher education as the signature vocational qualification at Level 3. They provide progression into the workplace either directly or via study at a higher level.

The BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma is taught as part of the Conwy LINC programme. This qualification is designed to support learners who are interested in learning about the uniformed protective services sector. It gives them a broad basis of study, designed to support progression to higher education.

The Foundation Diploma in Uniformed Protective Public Services is equivalent in size to 1.5 A Levels. Pupils study Five units, four of which are mandatory and one is external. Mandatory content accounts for 88% of the qualification. 24% is External assessment.

Units covered include; Citizenship and Diversity. Behaviour & Discipline, Physical Preparation Health & Well Being, Teamwork & Leadership and Developing Personal Fitness Programmes.


BTEC First qualifications were originally designed for use in colleges, schools and the workplace as an introductory Level 2 course for learners wanting to study in the context of a vocational sector.

This exciting course is a popular choice for students in years 10 & 11 at YBE who might have an interest in a future career within the Public Services, for example in the Police, Fire & Rescue Service or Armed Forces. It also provides an insight into the laws and duties that regulate our society and the services who uphold them.

The BTEC First Award in Public Services is assessed by written assignments, practical work and two external examinations.

Units covered include; The Role and Work of the Public Services, Working Skills in the Public Sector, Public Services and Community Protection and Health, Fitness & Lifestyle for the Public services.

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