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PE GCSE

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 40% of the time is spent on practical activities, 60% on theory.
Pupils will have the opportunity to choose from different sports, so most teaching will be mixed ability.

Assessment

Paper 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport

What's assessed

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical training
  • Use of data

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 78 marks
  • 30% of GCSE

Questions

  • Answer all questions.
  • A mixture of multiple choice/objective test questions, short answer questions and extended answer questions.

Paper 2: Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport

What's assessed

  • Sports psychology
  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Health, fitness and well-being
  • Use of data

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 78 marks
  • 30% of GCSE

Questions

  • Answer all questions.
  • A mixture of multiple choice/objective test questions, short answer questions and extended answer questions.

Non-exam assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport

What's assessed

  • Practical performance in three different physical activities in the role of player/performer (one in a team activity, one in an individual activity and a third in either a team or in an individual activity).
  • Analysis and evaluation of performance to bring about improvement in one activity.

How it's assessed

  • Assessed by teachers
  • Moderated by AQA
  • 100 marks
  • 40% of GCSE

Questions

  • For each of their three activities, students will be assessed in skills in progressive drills (10 marks per activity) and in the full context (15 marks per activity).
  • Students will be assessed on their analysis (15 marks) and evaluation (10 marks) of performance to bring about improvement in one activity.

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.