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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
  • Training
  • Diet
  • 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.

GCSE PE Specification - June 2014 Onwards.pdf 6850KB GCSE PE Specification - June 2014 Onwards

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