Physical Education

PE has a fundamental role in tackling issues surrounding the declining health of the nation.  This has been a key consideration in the design of the new PE curriculum.

The time allocated for students in Physical Education at KS3 was increased in September 2007.  This has been extended into KS4 to allow students to constructively build on the positive work that they have done within KS3. 

We will guide students towards appropriate accredited courses that meet their individualised needs, as well as continue to motivate and enthuse students towards practical activity by exposing them to a balanced and varied programme of team and individual sports.

All students will follow an accredited course within their KS4 programme.  The course will be an extension of the work that students will have already been doing within KS3.  With this in mind, there will be no student option process.  Through a comprehensive assessment process within KS3, we are in a position to identify the appropriate course for individuals to follow within KS4, with both achievement and student enjoyment being central to this decision.


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 performance in a variety of roles.
· Identify ways to develop and maintain an healthy active lifestyle through participation in    physical activity.
· Develop a detailed understanding of Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise and Training and Sports Injuries.


The GCSE course is assessed over four components:

Component 1:  Fitness and Body Systems
Written examination 1 hour 45 minutes worth 36% 

· Topic 1: Applied anatomy and physiology
· Topic 2: Movement analysis
· Topic 3: Physical training
· Topic 4: Use of data

Component 2:  Health and Performance
Written examination 1 hour 15 minutes worth 24% 

· Topic 1: Health, fitness and well-being
· Topic 2: Sport Psychology
· Topic 3: Socio-cultural influences
· Topic 4: Use of data

Component 3:  Practical Performance
Non-examined assessment: internally marked and externally moderated worth 30%  (105 marks –35 marks per activity)

· One team activity, one individual activity and a free choice from the list published by the DfE
· Skills in Isolation
· Skills in competitive/formal situation

Component 4:  Personal Exercise Programme (PEP)
Non-examined assessment: internally marked and externally moderated worth 10%  (20 marks)

· Aim and planning analysis
· Carrying out and monitoring the PEP
· Evaluation of the PEP


GCSE PE provides an excellent foundation for further education.  Although a large part of the course is practical in nature, the heavy theoretical component provides an excellent academic base for further studies.  Where possible the course is delivered practically but there is a large amount of the course which is classroom based.


As well as being the ideal preparation for the A Level PE course, GCSE PE allows for progression to related vocational qualifications, such as BTEC Firsts and Nationals in Sport and Exercise Sciences.

The course develops the transferable skills and key skills that employers are looking for and can lead to a wide variety of employment opportunities.

For further details of this course please contact Mr Sergeant or any of your PE teachers.