Physical Education GCSE

Pupils can choose to do GCSE Physical Education during Years 10 and 11. This is a popular, useful and challenging course in which pupils learn in both a theoretical and practical context. The theory content is wide ranging, covering anatomy and physiology through to sports psychology and drugs in sport. Pupils are also given the opportunity to develop their own practical performance in both a team and individual activity.

EXAMINATION BOARD AQA

Link: AQA Course Specification (PDF)

The course is divided into two sections: -

  1. Theory: 60%
  2. Non-Examined Assessment (Practical and Written Coursework): 40%
Theory

The course is assessed through 2 written examinations, taken at the end of the two year course. Each examination lasts for 1 hour 15 minutes and contributes 30% of the GCSE grade.

Paper 1 – The human body and movement in physical activity and sport, which covers the following topics:

  • Applied anatomy and physiology – including skeletal, muscular and cardiovascular systems.
  • Movement analysis – how the body moves to enable it to take part in physical activity.
  • Physical training – including training methods, components of fitness and fitness testing and why tests are needed to improve performance.
  • Use of data – ways in which data can be collected and analysed to monitor how athletes performing.

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Paper 2 – Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport, which covers the following topics:

  • Sports psychology – including goal setting, feedback and aggression and how these can influence sporting performance.
  • Socio-cultural influences – including factors which affect participation, as well as technology and drugs in sport.
  • Health, fitness and wellbeing – including the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and how diet and nutrition can contribute to being healthy.
  • Use of data – ways in which data can be collected to assess participation levels.
Non-Examined Assessment

Practical performance in physical activity and sport, which consists of an assessment of performance in the full-sided / competitive version of three sports and a written analysis and evaluation to bring about improvement in one activity.