All pupils from year 9 complete a GCSE PE qualification. The qualification will be completed at the end of year 11. The qualification is split into 2 units.
1. The active participant – This unit is worth 60% of the overall qualification. Pupils are graded on their practical skills in four different sports. Pupils will complete a wide variety of different sports over the course and the best four scores will be used for assessment. Pupils can gain a mark as a performer, official, coach or choreographer. Pupils will also have to submit a piece of controlled assessment on one of their chosen sports.
2. Knowledge and understanding for the active participant – This is the theory side of the qualification which is assessed through one exam at the end of year 11. The exam will last 1 hour and 30 minutes and will cover any theory work that has been sat over the qualification. Some of the areas that are covered are:
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Individual Differences
- The Demands of Performance
- Characteristics and Benefits of Leisure and Recreation
- Cultural and Social Factors
- Opportunities and Pathways Available for Becoming or Remaining Involved in Physical Activities
- International and Other Factors
The GCSE PE qualification can be used as a stepping stone onto either further education or apprenticeships. We have a large proportion of students who have gone on to study A2 Level Physical Education, BTEC Level 3 Sport and also sports apprenticeships.