Physical Education is an opportunity for students to develop their skills and be awarded formal recognition of this ability at GCSE level. The course is taught in modules with an equal amount of time divided between theory and practical. The course will provide a wider understanding of Physical Education and Sport, further increasing interest and enjoyment.

Requirements for Student Success
The course is aimed at students who enjoy Physical Education and wish to develop their skills. It requires a commitment to active participation in the lesson. Practice in leisure time is also important. Homework is a vital part of the course; this takes three forms - notes or work from a lesson, project work and participation in clubs/activities.

Aims of the Course
  • To encourage the acquisition of physical skills in several activities.
  • To develop the ability to meet and cope with a variety of challenges in team games, pair activities, and individual activities.
  • To develop a knowledge and understanding of the theory of practical activities.
  • To encourage an active and informed knowledge of the organisation of local, national and international sport.
  • To develop an understanding of the role and status of physical education and sport within society.
  • To develop a knowledge and understanding of the human body relating to fitness training; performance; health; sports injuries; first aid and skill acquisition.
Structure of the Course
Approximately 60% of the time is spent on practical activities, 40% on theory.
Pupils will have the opportunity to choose from different sports, so most teaching will be mixed ability.
Content of the Course
Students will participate in activity sessions selected from hockey; rugby; netball; football; basketball; cricket; volleyball; badminton; tennis; athletics; softball; gymnastics and trampolining; table-tennis; swimming; golf; cross country; canoeing.

Unit 4: The Active Participant
Controlled assessment
60% of the total marks
Four assessments:
• from at least two groups/ways of thinking
• at least two performances must be as Player/Performer

Main Practical Activities used in Assessment:

Outwitting opponents: Invasion Games: Soccer; Basketball, Hockey, Netball, Rugby Net Games: Badminton, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball Strike and Fielding Games: Cricket, Rounders, Softball, Golf.
Accurate replication of actions, phrases and sequences: Artistic gym (floor and vaulting), trampolining, compositional gymnastics .
Performing at maximum levels: Track and Field Athletics; Cross Country Running
Identifying and solving problems; Rock climbing; Canoeing; Orienteering; Windsurfing and Sailing, Life-Saving; Personal Survival
Exercising safely and effectively to improve health and well-being; Fitness
Exploring and communicating ideas; dance activities.

Other sports can be offered for assessment if the student regularly practises outside school and are listed in the syllabus.
The theory component and examination component is identical for both qualifications. Theory sessions include: the organisation of sport in the community and society; the functioning of the human body; health related fitness; sports injuries; food and diet; issues and values in sport; and skill acquisition.
Unit 3: Knowledge and Understanding for ‘The Active Participant’
External assessment – Written Paper
40% of the total marks
• Multiple choice
• Short answer questions
• Extended answers based on a scenario issued prior to the examination

Skills Covered In The Course

• Academic skills
• Research skills
• Physical skills
• Team skills
• Study Skills

Career Possibilities

The course has tremendous scope for achievement, fun and learning. It will benefit all students especially those who wish to go into the fields of: sports management; coaching; teaching; leisure development; physiotherapy.