Physical Education

Why study Physical Education?

For those students who enjoy physical activity/exercise this course will provide a well-rounded and balanced education. As well as having four games lessons every two weeks, the advantage of taking a GCSE course will be that you will benefit from an additional five lessons. You will need to have reached a National curriculum minimum level 5 grade by the end of year 9 and have brought kit regularly.

What does it prepare me for in the future?

Research shows that individual fitness is increasingly important in gaining employment and presenting a positive image. Success at GCSE level will greatly help your presentation. It will suggest high levels of fitness; indicate a commitment to team success as well as individual success. It will also imply that you accept challenges and are prepared to show resilience, perseverance, creativity, self management and be reflective. Overall you will be considered as an extremely efficient participator in sport in which you have displayed both mental and physical prowess. Therefore you will have a qualification which may set you apart from others and provide real opportunities. This qualification would benefit everyone but even more so those who are considering a career in the sport and leisure industry. Naturally it is hoped that the ‘Olympic legacy,’ will increase participation in sport and with that employment opportunities.

GCSE will give you a good introduction to further study and in particular BTEC Sport in Years 12 and 13 which is vocational and can lead directly into employment or assist in gaining placements at University.

What will I learn?

This course involves both practical and work. It builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills established in Key Stage 3 Physical Education. It will give you exciting opportunities to be involved in a number of different physical activities, promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. You can perform in one or all of the following roles: player/participant, leader or official.

What skills will I acquire?

In theory lessons students study  areas such as the reasons for taking part in sport, methods of training, diet, health, hygiene, prevention of injury, sports injuries, the circulatory system, the respiratory system, the skeleton, joints, muscles and how to plan a personal exercise programme.

Practical work involves performance and assessment in four activities such as soccer, athletics, rounders, basketball, volleyball, badminton, netball, and hockey. In addition students who have undertaken pursuits outside school have been able to offer these as activity options. For example there have been assessments in martial arts, golf, trampolining, dance, horse riding and swimming.

All candidates will be assessed on their fitness in one of the four activities.

Analysis of performance is also an essential part of the course. This involves observing a particular sport with some evaluation of the performance of either a team or an individual. Students then will then offer suggestions for improvement in the role of the coach.

How is it assessed?

Practical 50%
Analysis of Performance 10%
Theory 40%