Physical Education

Pupils are assessed in the following way:

  • 40% Non-exam assessment
  • 60% External examination

Practical Performance

Pupils will take part in a range of practical activities during the two year course. They will undergo continuous assessment and will also have a practical examination presentation day, where they will be assessed by an external moderator. Pupils are assessed on both their practical ability and their knowledge within each of their chosen activities.

There will be a 40% non-exam assessment (practical performance) of which 30% will be based on students being assessed in the role of player/ performer only and 10% will be analysis and evaluation of performance.

They will take part in three different physical activities in the role of player/performer (one in a team activity, one in an individual activity and a third that can be either a team or an individual activity).

For each of the three activities students will be assessed on: 1. Their skills, and 2. The full context.

In one activity, students are assessed on the analysis and evaluation of performance to bring about personal improvement in physical activity and sport.

External Examination

Topics are divided across two papers, helping students to see which part of the specification they are being assessed on in each exam. Each paper is 1 hour and 15 minutes long, and each accounts for 30% of the total GCSE.

Paper 1 involves examining the human body and movement in physical activity and sport. In this paper you are assessed on: Applied anatomy and physiology, Movement analysis, Physical training, and Use of data in sport.

Paper 2 involves examining the socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport. In this paper you will be assessed on: Sports psychology, Socio-cultural influences, Health, fitness and well-being, and Use of data in sport.

A familiar combination of multiple choice, short and extended writing questions will be used across both examination papers.

Why GCSE Physical Education?

GCSE Physical Education is a widely recognised and respected qualification. It should not be regarded as an easy option. Clearly, both physical and academic skills play an important role. Pupils also have the opportunity of going on to study Physical Education to AS and A2 levels here in school. This would be particularly useful for any pupil wishing to go on to study Sports Science, Sports Psychology, Sports Management or Physiotherapy at university, or any pupil aiming for a career within Britain’s largest growth industry: Leisure, Recreation and Sport.