GCSE Physical Education
This is a very popular, successful and enjoyable option and we expect pupils considering the course to be:
- Reasonably good at a range of sports
- Achieving the level that is expected of them in most sports
- Enthusiastic and willing to attend lunchtime and after school clubs
- Possibly representing the school in sport at present
- Prepared to set high standards regarding kit, behaviour and attitude
- Keen to increase their knowledge of the theoretical side of PE
- Prepared to meet deadlines on completed coursework
The course is assessed in three ways:
Practical Assessment: 50%
Written Examination: 40%
Analysis of Performance: 10%
Practical Assessment – worth 50% of the marks (up to 25% awarded through practical ability during the course and up to 25% awarded during a practical exam).
Candidates are assessed in four sports from a minimum of two different areas:
- Outdoor Adventurous
If your child is a keen participant in a sport that isn’t taught in GCSE lessons, it may be possible to arrange for a separate assessment. For example; if they play for a school team such as: football, netball, hockey, cricket etc… they will be assessed in these activities whilst representing the school or attending squad training sessions. If your child is a keen and successful participant in a sport that we cannot offer in school, it may be possible to assess them via video evidence or arrange an interview with their personal coach. Examples of such sports are: gymnastics, golf, table tennis, roller hockey, dance, skiing, squash, sailing, canoeing etc…
1 ½ Hour Written Exam – worth 40% of the marks.
Areas studied include:
- Health, fitness and physical activity.
- Factors affecting performance and participation.
- Anatomy and physiology.
- Exercise and training.
Analysis of Performance – worth 10% of the total marks.
The candidates work on a chosen activity. The analysis of performance may be assessed through discussion with the candidate about the practical ability and through a completed work booklet. In their chosen activity candidates will need to know conduct: Rules and Laws of the Game, Observational Analysis, Evaluate a Performance Against a Perfect Model, Plan a Personal Exercise Programme, Understand the Roles of Leadership.