GCSE Physical Education
GCSE PE gives students opportunities to:
- improve their fitness levels and skills through a range of physical activities;
- improve their performance in different types of physical activity and roles such as player, participant, leader and official;
- develop their ability to take part independently and successfully in different types of physical activity;
- develop and continue their involvement in physical activity as part of a healthy, active lifestyle;
- be aware of and appreciate their own and others’cultures in the area of physical education;
- be creative and develop decision-making skills to help them plan for performances and respond to changing situations; and
- make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.
The course into three components:
Component 1:Developing knowledge, understanding and skills for balanced, healthy lifestyles and participation in physical activities (40%);
Students complete one written question paper lasting 1 hour 30 minutes. The paper covers factors that affect the development of health and peak physical fitness. It contains short answer and multi-part questions. All questions are compulsory. Students are required to recall, explain and apply concepts, facts, terminology, methods and principles to demonstrate understanding of the subject content. They must also analyse, interpret and evaluate information and material.
Students study the following:
- Concepts of health, physical fitness and skilled performance;
- Key influences that impact on balanced, healthy lifestyles and participation in physical activities;
- The impact of exercise and training on balanced, healthy lifestyles and physical fitness;
- Types of exercise and methods of training;
- Principles for developing physical well-being and physical fitness;
- Assessing and monitoring the development of physical health/well-being and peak physical performance;
- The effects of exercise, training and physical activity on the body;
- Health and safety issues;
- Exercise and training sessions; and
- Exercise and training programmes.
Component 2:Developing and maintaining a balanced, healthy lifestyle (20%);
•Students are assessed on their evidence of developing and maintaining balanced healthy lifestyles for a minimum of 12 weeks
•Students will be expected to analyse, evaluate, plan, implement and monitor actions to maintain a balanced healthy lifestyle.
•Evidence may take a variety of forms e.g. verbal, visual or audio
Students are assessed on their evidence of developing and maintaining balanced, healthy lifestyles. This includes their ability to analyse, evaluate, plan, implement, and monitor actions to maintain a balanced, healthy lifestyle.
Component 3: Individual performance in physical activities (40%).
•Planning, implementing and monitoring actions to improve skilled performance in selected activities
•Improving performance in three different physical activities
•For one activity the assessment may be based on the student’s performance as leader and official.
•Only one activity can be done outside school.
•Students have the length of the course to develop their skills.
Students must complete three individual performances in different physical activities from at least two of the categories below:
- athletics activities;
- dance activities;
- games activities;
- gymnastics activities;
- outdoor adventure activities;
- and specialist activities.
Students are assessed on the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of their performances.
One assessment may be based on the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of the student’s performance as leader and official. Thus a candidate may be assessed in the same physical activity as a participant and as a leader and official.
For further information go to http://www.ccea.org.uk/physical_education/