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Physical Education

Examination Board: AQA

Exact Course Title:  GCSE Physical Education

Why should I choose to study GCSE Physical Education?

If you have a passion for all areas of sport and are keen to focus on the theoretical aspects of sport and fitness then you should consider this course. This course is suited to students who love being active and want to find out more about how to improve physical performance. If you perform well in an examination situation then this is the appropriate Physical Education course for you.

What will I learn?

You will study a range of topics in the following areas of Physical Education:

  1. Applied Anatomy and Physiology
  2. Movement analysis
  3. Physical training
  4. Use of data
  5. Sports Psychology
  6. Socio-cultural influences
  7. Health, fitness and well being

What will be expected of me?

You will be expected to build a good working relationship with your teacher and with the rest of the class. We want you to share ideas and knowledge and have confidence to ask questions. You will participate fully in both practical and theory Physical Education lessons. You will be expected to participate in one sport to a high standard outside of school alongside at least two other sports within school. You will be expected to learn and revise all the theory side of the course continually and build your knowledge base of the areas of study in your own time. 

What skills will I develop?

You will gain many valuable skills from studying GCSE Physical Education that will help you in other GCSE subjects as well as your future career. Some of the skills that you will develop include; communication skills, social skills, analysis and evaluation skills and your own physical fitness.

How will I be assessed?

There are two written examinations taken at the end of the course. Both of these examinations are 1 hour 15 minutes long and will make up 60% of your final grade. These exams will contain a mixture of multiple choice/objective test questions, short answer questions and extended answer questions. 40% of your final grade will be assessed by your practical performance in three different physical activities. This is to be accompanied by an analysis and evaluation of performance to bring about improvement in one activity.

Where will this qualification lead me?

GCSE Physical Education will provide students with an insight into the sports sector and careers within it. These may include; sports scientist, physiotherapist, personal trainer and diet and fitness instructor. The course provides a good basis to more advanced qualifications e.g. A-Level Physical Education or a Level 3 BTEC National in Sport.