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PE GCSE

 GCSE Physical Education (AQA)

GCSE Physical Education will stimulate and enthuse students who have a keen interest in health and fitness. It will promote a love of learning on how the body functions as well as creating an interest and appreciation of the benefits of keeping fit and healthy.  Students will also examine new areas such as sport psychology, biomechanical processes and socio-cultural influences.  

Practical

The practical element is assessed in three different sports as a performer.  These three performances must include one individual and one team performance, the third is from either category.  There is a definitive list of sports set by the examination board.  The practical element also consists of a written assessment task where the student demonstrates their knowledge of a chosen sport, analysing a performance and suggesting corrective measures to aid improvement. 

Theory

  • Unit 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport  
    • Applied anatomy and physiology: The skeleton, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems and the effects of exercise  
    • Movement analysis: Levers, planes and axes  
    • Physical training: Components of fitness, fitness testing, types of training, safety principles and the training season
    • Use of data: Types of data, analysis using charts and graphs 
  • Unit 2: Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport  
    • Sport psychology: Classification of skills, motivation, personality types, goal and target setting, guidance, feedback, information processing model, arousal, preparation techniques and aggression 
    • Socio-cultural influences: Participation, commercialisation, sport and media, sponsorship, technology, players conduct, prohibited substances and spectator behaviour 
    • Health, fitness and well-being: Benefits of exercise, consequences of a sedentary lifestyle, somatotypes, obesity and nutrition
    • Use of data: Types of data, analysis using charts and graphs   

Students wanting to take GCSE Physical Education need to have a passion for sport; enjoy performing practically and be interested in the science behind their performances. Please note that pupils must take part in at least one sport outside of school at competitive level.

Assessment

Practical

NEA (Non-exam assessment): 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.  The NEA is worth 40% of the total marks. 

Theory

  • Paper 1: Unit 1 - 1 hour 15-minute written examination worth 30% of the total marks. 
  • Paper 2: Unit 2 - 1 hour 15-minute written examination worth 30% of the total marks 

Post 16 Opportunities

Post GCSE, students may choose to continue onto A Level Physical Education or take up courses in sports science, sports and leisure or coaching. Further vocational courses could lead to jobs in recreational management, performance analysis, sports science, leisure management, education, physiotherapy etc.