Physical Education GCSE
The aims of the course
To allow students to fulfil their potential in Physical Education and provide them with the opportunity to learn about the theoretical aspects of the subject with the hope that some of them will follow a career in sport as a PE teacher, gym instructor, physiotherapist, sports coach, lifeguard, referee etc.
The course structure
The GCSE course continues to develop the skills and areas of knowledge that students have learnt during Years 7 and 8, but will now include significantly more theory content in addition to practical lessons. The course is structured 60% exam based and 40% non exam based (three strongest practical activities including at least one team sport plus one individual sport, and one written piece of coursework). Students will have two GSCE Physical Education lessons per week that will be a combination of both practical and classroom based theory.
Subjects /Units studied
Theory topics included within the GSCE Physical Education course will include:
- Applied Anatomy & Physiology (Muscular-skeletal & Cardio-respiratory systems)
- Movement Analysis (Level systems, mechanics & planes / axis of movement
- Physical training (Principles & methods of training, health & fitness & injury prevention
- Use of Data (Collection of physiological data, presenting & analysing data within tables & graphs
- Sport Psychology (Skill classification, goal setting / SMART targets, feedback & mental preparation
- Socio-cultural influences (engaging different groups, ethical and social issues in sport
- Health, fitness and well-being (physical, emotional & social health, diet, nutrition & hydration
Practical; Students will revisit many of the practical activities that they have studied during Year 7 and 8 including Rugby, Football, netball, swimming, athletics. Ask the PE department for a list of permitted team and individual activities for students to select from.
How the course is assessed
The theoretical element of the course is assessed through two exams (1hr 15m and 1hr 30m worth 60%) and via a piece of coursework based upon training and preparation (worth 10% of the whole course)
The practical element is assessed from three practical activities (combination of team and individual sports worth 30%)
Resources and additional information
Students will select a Physical Education pathway and teachers will guide students onto the appropriate course, either GCSE or Technical Award. This decision will be based on the progress of the student.
Students will be required to be organised at all times, making sure they have correct kit for all practical lessons and equipment for the theory lessons.
Head of Subject Presentation – Kate Delaney