Students will need an excellent attitude to learning, good ability in English and an interest in PE and sport that extends to participating competitively outside school. You will also need a willingness to work hard in the classroom and in practical lessons, where full PE kit every lesson is also essential.
You will study a range of sports. You will be assessed in Athletics, Table Tennis, Athletics, Basketball, Football, Badminton, Volleyball, Dance, Cricket, Netball and Trampolining.
The course involves five one-hour lessons per fortnight, plus home learning.
If there is another sport that you take part in outside school to a high level, it may be possible to use video evidence to assess you in this area.
Exam Paper 1: The Human Body and Movement. 1 hour 15 mins. Worth 30% of overall grade
- Applied anatomy and physiology
- Movement analysis
- Physical training
- Use of data
Exam Paper 2: 1 hour 15 mins. Worth 30% of overall grade
- Sports psychology
- Socio-cultural influences
- Health, fitness and well-being
- Use of data
Non examined material: Practical Sport unit. Worth 40% of overall grade
- Assessed by teachers
- Moderated by AQA
- 100 marks
Practical performance in 3 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.
Is it for me?
Students need to have an interest in sport and have a high level of commitment and motivation. 40% of the course is assessed on practical ability, you need to be able to perform at a good level in a range of sporting areas and be prepared to work hard during practical lessons. Playing sports outside school is a major advantage in this course.
Do not expect this course to be completely practical. A large amount of time will be spent learning the course content in preparation for the exams.
GCSE PE can lead to further academic courses such as A Level Physical Education and Level 3 Cambridge Nationals/Technicals Sport Studies.
The sports industry is a multi million pound business today and with further study and training, students could find employment in many different areas of sport, including PE teaching, leisure industry, sports coaching, sport and industry, sport and technology, personal training.