Physical Education GCSE

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Type of course:  GCSE
How is the course assessed?
The course consists of both practical and theoretical elements.
The theory is assessed by 2 written examinations each 1hr 15min and worth 78 marks (60% of the GCSE course). Questions are a mixture of multiple choice, short and extended answer questions.
Practical performance is assessed through three different physical activities in the role of player/performer, one team activity, one individual activity and then a third in either a team or individual activity and this makes up 40% of the GCSE course.
In each of the activities students will be assessed in skills in progressive drill (10 marks per activity) and in full context (15 marks per activity). Students will also be assessed on their analysis (15 marks) and evaluation (10 marks) of performance to bring about improvement in one activity.
What topics/ units will you study?
Applied Anatomy and Physiology Movement Analysis
Physical Training
Use of Data
Sports Psychology
Socio-cultural Influences
Health, Fitness and Well Being
Who would this course suit? What skills do you need?
Students who enjoy Physical Education and are prepared to get changed and take part in all activities offered. Students who are prepared to work hard and are ready to be challenged, the course is 60% theory so students must be prepared for classroom based lessons.
Students must be involved in extra-curricular sessions both in and out of school to improve their practical performance. Excellent practical ability is essential along with students requiring a target grade of a 4 or above in English
What trips/ activities will you be involved in?
Some of the activities you can be assessed in are:
Badminton, Trampolining, Netball, Football, Dance, Athletics, Swimming, Rock climbing, Cycling, Table Tennis. If you take part in sports outside of school please speak to the teacher as arrangements can be made for you to be assessed in these.
What college courses/job opportunities would this help you follow in the future?
A Level PE
Sports Studies
Teaching / Leisure Management /Personal Trainer / Coach / Physiotherapist
How will this course help you to get a job?
Employers like applicants who can demonstrate sound social skills, who can listen to others and show commitment.
The course will also provide you with the knowledge and understanding of how to stay fit and healthy.
Physical Education covers a wide range of topics and skills which can be applied to everyday life and future career opportunities even those outside of sport.
Who can you speak to for more information or if you have any questions?
Mrs Watkins or any member of the PE department
What do students who are currently studying this subject think?
"GCSE PE is an enjoyable subject; it's challenging and requires me to work hard in both practical and theory lessons."
Year 10 student
"I have really enjoyed the GCSE PE course and have learnt a lot about how the body works.  I have joined a number of extra-curricular clubs to help improve my performance scores."
Year 11 student