What will be studied?
The GCSE in PE is comprised of two elements. The theory element is classroom based and covers a range of sports related issues including:
- Anatomy and physiology
- Movement analysis
- Physical training
- Sports training
- Sports psychology
- Socio-cultural influences
- Health, fitness and well-being
- Use of data
This represents 60% of the course.
The theory element involves practical performance in three activities. These need to be either two team sports and one individual or one team sport and two individual. It represents 40% of the course.
Who will this course suit?
This is a challenging course which will suit students who achieve well in science, can evaluate data and can write extended answers. They should also be able practically and will achieve the best practical marks if they pursue sport on an extra-curricular basis in addition to what is done in lessons. Students must be keen and committed sports performers and have an excellent record of bringing correct kit and participating in PE lessons during years 7 to 9.
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How will I be assessed?
The assessment for this course is made up of three components:
- The human body and movement in physical activity and sport. This is a 1hr15 minute written exam. It makes up 30% of the GCSE.
- Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport. This is a 1hr 15minute written exam. It makes up 30% of the GCSE.
- Practical performance. You will be assessed on 3 different practical activities; a team activity, an individual activity and a third from either a team or individual activity. Students will also carry out a written analysis and evaluation of performance. It makes up 40% of the GCSE.
What will this qualification lead to?
GCSE PE will prepare students for any level 3 course, not just sport courses, owing to its scientific content and extended writing requirements. It can also lead to employment in the leisure and sport industry.