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Below you will find more specific information about the curriculum in Physical Education for students who have chosen this subject for GCSE, explaining to you what students will learn, when, why and how. There is also information about how parents/carers are able to support students in their learning, extra-curricular opportunities in this subject and how it links to other subjects and the wider world.

While this information covers a broad range of areas, please do get in touch with the Subject Leader Mr Bradley if you have any questions.

Please click on the questions below to find out more.

Which exam board will students be examined by?

AQA

How are groups organised?

We organise classes by mixed ability.  The students have five one-hour lessons per fortnight.

What characteristics does a successful student have in this subject?

The most successful students in this subject will enjoy learning about the theoretical aspects of physical education and the human body.  This must be underpinned by a passion for working practically and trying many different sports.

What are the key concepts students will study at this level?

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical training
  • Use of data
  • Sport psychology
  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Health, fitness and wellbeing
  • Non examined assessment (NEA) (practical and coursework)

What will students learn at this level?

Applied anatomy and physiology

Students should develop knowledge and understanding of the key body systems and how they impact on health, fitness and performance in physical activity and sport.

Movement analysis

Students should develop knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of movement and their effect on performance in physical activity and sport.

Physical training

Students should develop knowledge and understanding of the principles of training and different training methods in order to plan, carry out, monitor and evaluate personal exercise and training programmes.

Use of data

Students should develop knowledge and understanding of data analysis in relation to key areas of physical activity and sport.

Sport psychology

Students should develop knowledge and understanding of the psychological factors that can affect performers in physical activity and sport.

Socio-cultural influences

Students should develop knowledge and understanding of the socio-cultural factors that impact on physical activity and sport, and the impact of sport on society.

Health, fitness and wellbeing

Students should develop knowledge and understanding of the benefits of participating in physical activity and sport to health, fitness and wellbeing.

NEA - coursework – Personal Exercise Programme

Students are required to analyse and evaluate a performance in one activity from the specification.

Students can analyse and evaluate their own performance or the performance of another person, so long as it is in an activity that is from the specification. Students are required to analyse and evaluate a performance to identify two strengths and two weaknesses. They then need to produce an action plan that suggests ways to improve upon the two weaknesses that they have identified.

NEA - practical

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.

What skills will students develop at this level?

  • Knowledge recall
  • Application of knowledge to different scenarios
  • Analytical and evaluative skills
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving

How will students learn at this level?

  • Recording progress through googledocs
  • Homework booklets
  • Learning through the physical
  • Using the internet and key documents to support your learning
  • Observing your peers
  • Trial and error
  • Building and constructing models of various body systems

How will students’ learning be assessed at this level?

Paper 1 is comprised of the following units:

Applied anatomy and physiology

Movement analysis

Physical training

Use of data

Paper 1 is assessed through a 1 hour and 15 minute exam.  This is worth 30% of your final mark.

Paper 2 is comprised of the following units:

Sport psychology

Socio-cultural influences

Health, fitness and well-being

Use of data

Paper 2 is assessed through a 1 hour and 15 minute exam.  This is worth 30% of your final mark.

 

NEA – coursework

This is assessed by a written assignment and is worth 10% of your final mark.

NEA – practical

This is assessed throughout the course, with marks being finalised during a one day moderation from an external examiner.  Students will be assessed in their physical competency across 3 different sports.  Sports must be from the agreed list.  This is worth 30% of your final mark.

When do key assessments take place?

Practical moderation is sometime in March/April.

Written exams are usually in May.

How can parents/carers support students’ learning?

Encourage your child to work on google docs, attempt additional questions from the homework booklet (which they should answer, mark and correct themselves), watch additional tutorial videos from various providers on youtube, attend one GCSE PE support session a week, purchase PE specific revision/teaching resources and ask for help if they are unsure.

What equipment do students need for this subject?

PE kit

Essential school equipment

How does this subject link to other subjects?

Science – knowledge of body systems

Maths – analyse and interpret data

English – use of extended writing

What websites or resources may be helpful to support students’ learning?

https://senecalearning.com/

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/examspecs/zxbg39q

What extra-curricular or enrichment opportunities are available for students in this subject at this level?

Weekly sports clubs

Theory support sessions at lunchtime

Coursework drop in sessions at lunchtime

What sort of careers can this subject lead to?

This course will allow your child to have many career options and not just one associated to sport/physical activity.

What does student work look like in this subject at this level?

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/physical-education/gcse/physical-education-8582/assessment-resources

How does this subject support a broad and balanced curriculum, meeting the needs of all students, and developing traditional core skills?

This subject links to a wide range of other subjects.  It is where students can apply their knowledge. 

We have mixed ability classes, so students gain teacher and peer support. In addition, students can show a range of abilities through practical and written work.

Traditional core written skills are applied during the coursework and extended writing tasks within the exams.

How does this subject promote creativity, critical thinking, practice, perseverance and resilience, and making links?

Through the design, implementation and evaluation of your performance in a game situation (coursework).

 Students will practise practical skills throughout the duration of the course and use resilience frequently to master content and develop their skills.

 Links are made between a multitude of subjects.  As already indicated.

How does this subject encourage enrichment and the development of cultural capital, deep learning, and inclusivity?

Enrichment and Cultural understanding is embedded within specific topics; participation rates and factors which impact participation.

Deep learning is prevalent within this course; mastery learning strategies are used to ensure students are confident with the content.  Students also have to regularly apply their knowledge and understanding to a variety of different scenarios. 

This subject is inclusive of all students from all backgrounds.  This helps to enrich discussions.