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GCSE Physical education (PE)

Course contact: Mr A Brown - abrown@rbhs.co.uk

Specification: GCSE


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Course Outline

Students will study a range of theoretical concepts, exploring and underpinning participation and performance in physical activities and sports. Students will have two single theory lessons and one single practical lesson per week.

What will I study?

In theory, students will study a range of topics from the Skeletal System to the Commercialisation of Physical Activity and Sport, Ethical and Socio-Cultural issues to Psychology.

Students will also follow a programme of practical activities designed to give them the maximum opportunity to score as highly as possible in this aspect.

How will I be assessed?

The course is 70% theory and 30% practical. At the end of Year 11, you will sit two separate theory papers, each one hour long and worth 60 marks each:

  • Paper 1: Applied anatomy and physiology and physical training
  • Paper 2: Socio-cultural influences sports psychology and health, fitness and wellbeing

Students will also have to complete one piece of coursework titled: Evaluation and Analysis of Performance. This coursework is 10% of the 70% academic theory grade.

Practical Assessment

You will be assessed in three sports, one individual and two team sports/activities OR two individual and one team sport or activity. Currently, GCSE PE students (boys and girls) participate in handball, netball, table tennis and trampolining. GCSE students must be playing school and club competitive sports to be considered for GCSE PE.

What could I do afterwards?

After studying PE and Sport, your options are vast. You can continue to study A-level PE or Level 3 Sport Studies.

Both these courses would enable you to step into the world of sport, whether this is becoming a Biomechanics Specialist, Sports Therapist, Sports Psychologist, PE Teacher or Sports Coach.

Our Sport Studies course can also provide a good foundation for learners in Post-16 education or entry level jobs within the sports sector.

This course can lead to a career in Sports Leadership (teaching and coaching), Officiating (refereeing and umpiring) and Fitness Training.

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