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GCSE Physical Education

Head of Academic PE: Mr J  Felgate

Examining Board: AQA

Subject code: 8582

The specification offered is from AQA and this course will develop pupils’ knowledge and practical skills, ensuring a smooth progression to the A Level PE course also through AQA.

The GCSE course is structured and examined in two theory exams, three practical performances and one analysis and evaluation of performance. The theory content challenges the pupils in areas such as applied anatomy and physiology, movement analysis, physical training, use of data, sports psychology, socio-cultural influences as well as health fitness and well-being.

Aims and objectives:

  • be inspired, motivated and challenged, and enable them to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career pathways
  • develop knowledge, understanding, skills and values to develop and maintain their performance in physical activities and understand the benefits to health, fitness and well-being
  • develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance
  • understand how the physiological and psychological state affects performance in physical activity and sport
  • perform effectively in different physical activities by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas
  • develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance in physical activity and sport
  • understand the contribution which physical activity and sport make to health, fitness and well-being
  • understand key socio-cultural influences which can affect people’s involvement in physical activity and sport.

The human body and movement in physical activity and sport

Exam Paper:

  • 1 hour 15 minutes written paper
  • 78 marks
  • Combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions
  • Content includes:
  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical training
  • Use of data

Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport

Exam Paper:

  • 1 hour 15 minutes written paper
  • 78 marks
  • Combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions
  • Content includes:
  • Sports psychology
  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Health, fitness and well-being
  • Use of data

Practical performance in physical activity and sport

  • 40% non-exam assessment
  • 100 marks
  • Internal assessment, external moderation
  • Broken down into two sections:
  • performance assessment (practical performance)
  • performance analysis assessment (analysis and evaluation)
  • Students are required to be assessed in three different activities in the role of player/performer only.
  • One of these assessments must be in a team activity, one assessment must be in an individual activity,  with the third assessment being in either a team or individual activity.
  • Students are required to be assessed on their skills in progressive drills (Part 1) and in the full context (Part 2) for each of their three activities.

 

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