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A course overview for GCSE PE.

Course Overview

Is this the right subject for me?

The GCSE Physical Education course will appeal to you if you:

  • Have a keen interest in sport and recreation and always look forward to your PE lessons
  • Take part in sport/recreation outside of class time
  • Want to follow a course that develops knowledge and understanding through practical involvement
  • Want to know more about the benefits of sport and exercise
  • Want to improve your own performance in a range of sports roles
  • Want to study a course that is active and that you will enjoy
  • Are considering a sports-related career or an A Level/higher education course.

How will I be assessed?

The GCSE course is assessed over two units:

Unit 1 is externally assessed through a written examination paper of 1 hour and 30 minutes. This will contribute a maximum of 40 per cent towards your total marks.

 Unit 2 is assessed in two sections:

Section 1 – four practical performances in the role of either player/participant, leader or official. You can achieve 48 per cent of the marks from your four performances, two of which may be in the role of a leader or official in any of the following: 

Section 2 – Analysis of Performance in one of the chosen activities. This will be worth 12 per cent of the marks and should include planning, performing and evaluating a Personal Exercise Programme.

What will I learn?

You will:

  • Develop your knowledge and practical skills in a range of physical activities
  • Examine the effects of exercise and how training can improve performance
  • Find ways to improve your own performances in a variety of roles
  • Identify ways to develop and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle through participation in physical activity
  • Appreciate the benefits of promoting ‘sport for all’.

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