Sport

GCSE PHYSICAL EDUCATION

What is the course about?

The Physical Education GCSE is assessed both practically and theoretically.

Practical Assessment (40% of course)

3 practically assessed sports (Please see approved activity list below)
1 Analysis task to be undertaken alongside 1 of the chosen sports (coursework)

Approved Activities:

Team Activity

Association football – Cannot be five-a-side or futsal
Badminton – Cannot be assessed with singles
Basketball
Camogie -Cannot be assessed with hurling
Cricket
Dance – This can only be used for one activity
Gaelic football
Handball
Hockey – Must be field hockey, not ice hockey or roller hockey
Hurling – Cannot be assessed with camogie
Lacrosse
Netball

Team Activity

Rowing – Cannot be assessed with sculling, canoeing or kayaking. This can only be used for one activity
Rugby league – Cannot be assessed with rugby union or rugby sevens – cannot be tag rugby
Rugby union – Can be assessed as sevens or fifteen a side. Cannot be assessed with rugby league, cannot be tag rugby. This can only be only be used for one activity
Squash – Cannot be assessed with singles
Table tennis – Cannot be assessed with singles
Tennis – Cannot be assessed with singles
Volleyball

Specialist activity

Blind cricket
Goal ball
Powerchair football
Table cricket
Wheelchair basketball
Wheelchair rugby

Individual Activity

Amateur boxing
Athletics
Badminton – Cannot be assessed with doubles
Canoeing – Cannot be assessed with kayaking, rowing or sculling
Cycling – Track or road cycling only
Dance – This can only be used for one activity
Diving
Platform diving
Golf
Gymnastics – Floor routines and apparatus only
Equestrian
Kayaking – Cannot be assessed with canoeing, rowing or sculling
Rock climbing – Can be indoor or outdoor
Rowing – Cannot be assessed with sculling, canoeing or kayaking. This can only be used for one activity

Individual Activity

Sculling – Cannot be assessed with rowing, canoeing or kayaking
Skiing – Outdoor/indoor on snow; cannot be assessed with snowboarding. Must not be dry slopes
Snowboarding
Squash – Cannot be assessed with doubles
Swimming – Not synchronised swimming
Table tennis – Cannot be assessed with doubles
Tennis – Cannot be assessed with doubles
Trampolining

Specialist activity

Boccia
Polybat

Theoretical Assessment (60% of course)

The content below will be split into 2 separate exams. The following areas will be covered and taught:

Applied anatomy and physiology
Movement analysis
Physical training
Use of data
Sports psychology
Socio-cultural influences
Health, fitness and well being

The lessons will be split into practical and theory lessons over the course of the 2 week timetable. This will run separately to their core PE sessions as an entire year group.

What skills and ideas will I learn?

Academic skills, research skills, study skills, physical skills, team skills, officiating skills and leadership skills.
How is the course assessed?

The course assesses physical skills through practicals and theory through examinations and a project. In total 3 sports are assessed. One of these sports can be assessed in a coaching capacity.

What will the course allow me to progress to in the future?

The course is a good basis for playing sport and careers in sports and active leisure such as: sports science, physiotherapy, sports coach, fitness, instructor, teacher, physio. It can also lead to other physical education qualifications such as A-Level Physical Education, BTEC Sport and the Diploma in Sports and Active Leisure.

BTEC PHYSICAL EDUCATION
LEVEL 1 / LEVEL 2 FIRST AWARD IN SPORT

What is the course about?

A BTEC First Award in Sport is a practical, work-related course. The course involves completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic sports related situations and activities, including fitness testing and programming, leading and performing in sports events together with physical and mental development as a result of being more active.

What skills and ideas will I learn?

Students who are interested in developing physical skills that are important to individual development and team play – fitness, technical and tactical development . They will develop academic research skills, that will help their revision in other subject areas and develop a critical eye, using feedback and support to improve work to achieved the highest level.

How is the course assessed?

The qualification is graded Pass (C), Merit (B), Distinction (A) and Distinction* (A*).The majority of assessment is coursework based, but there is one online assessment. Students need to pass the online exam at Level 2 to gain an overall level 2 qualification. This course at Level 2 is worth 1 GCSE.

What will the course allow me to progress to in the future?
Our BTEC offers students a full time approach to the vocational studies, presenting them with information and research skills that will prepare them for further studies in BTEC National qualifications, A-Levels and University. The development of leadership, organisation and physical development prepare students for the wider world, especially careers in sport, sports development and management responsibilities.