GCSE PE

“Learners are required to be fully committed to improving their practical ability and must be playing sport regularly as part of a club outside of school.”

Qualification

GCSE

Awarding Body

AQA

Course Specification


Who to contact for more information about this course

Queries should be directed to Mrs Evans

Years taught

Year 10 and Year 11

What is the course structure?

The course is split into 7 different units which are assessed in 2 different exams:

 

  • Applied anatomy and physiology

  • Movement analysis

  • Physical training

  • Use of data

  • Sports psychology

  • Socio-cultural influences

  • Health, fitness and well-being

What will I study?

Within the units learners will study a range of topics including:

 

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the human body – especially in relation to sport

  • Training methods

  • Violence in sport such as football hooliganism

  • The media and sport

 

Learners are also assessed in a practical element and must be strong performers in 3 different sports.

 

The sports that can be assessed as part of the course are listed in the specification.

 

The majority of lessons take place in the PE theory classroom and where possible content will be taught with a practical element.

 

Learners are required to be fully committed to improving their practical ability and must be playing sport regularly as part of a club outside of school.

How is the course assessed?

Paper 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport

 

This paper assesses:

  • Applied anatomy and physiology

  • Movement Analysis

  • Physical training

  • Use of data

This paper is a 1 hour and 15 minute written exam. It has 78 marks and is worth 30% of the GCSE. Answer all questions, which are a mixture of:

  • multiple choice/objective test questions

  • short answer questions

  • extended answer questions

 

Paper 2: Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport

 

This paper assesses:

 

  • Sports psychology

  • Socio-cultural influences

  • Health, fitness and well-being

  • Use of data

 

This paper is a 1 hour and 15 minute written exam. It has 78 marks and is worth 30% of the GCSE. Answer all questions, which are a mixture of:

  • multiple choice/objective test questions

  • short answer questions

  • extended answer questions

Non-exam assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport

This assesses:

 

  • 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

This is assessed by teachers and moderated by AQA. It has 100 marks and is worth 40% of the GCSE. For each of their three activities, learners will be assessed on their:

 

  • skills in progressive drills (10 marks per activity) and in the full context (15 marks per activity)

  • analysis (15 marks) and evaluation (10 marks) of performance to bring about improvement in one activity

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