Key Stage 4: Physical Education Examination subjects
In Physical education we offer learners two different examination courses.
Edexcel 1-9 GCSE PE
Edexcel BTEC Sport Level 1/2
Curriculum Intent – GCSE PE
- develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge and understanding to improve performance
- understand how the physiological and psychological state affects performance in physical activity and sport
- perform effectively in different physical activities by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas
- develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance in physical activity and sport
- understand the contribution that physical activity and sport make to health, fitness and well-being
- understand the key socio-cultural influences that can affect people’s involvement in physical activity and sport.
Components assesses students’ knowledge and understanding of the factors underpinning physical activity and sport performance. Students will develop their theoretical knowledge and understanding of applied anatomy and physiology, movement analysis and physical training so that they can use this knowledge to analyse and evaluate performance and devise informed strategies for improving/optimising their own practical performance.
Practical: Individual and team activities
Students will be required to perform in three different physical activities in the role of player/performer. For each physical activity, students will be required to demonstrate their skills in isolation/unopposed situations and demonstrate their skills in a competitive/formal (e.g. full-sided game where appropriate) situation while under pressure. Students should be taught to make relevant and appropriate links between their learning in Components 1 and 2 and use this to benefit their performances in the physical activities. Students should develop their ability and aptitude in physical activities, demonstrating the skills and techniques learnt.
Component 1: Fitness and Body Systems (*Component code: 1PE0/01)
Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes 36% of the qualification 90 marks
- Topic 1: Applied anatomy and physiology
- Topic 2: Movement analysis
- Topic 3: Physical training
- Topic 4: Use of data
The assessment consists of multiple-choice, short-answer, and extended writing questions. Students must answer all questions. Calculators can be used in the examination
Component 2: Health and Performance
Written examination: 1 hour and 15 minutes: 24% of the qualification
- Topic 1: Health, fitness and well-being
- Topic 2: Sport psychology
- Topic 3: Socio-cultural influences
- Topic 4: Use of data: Assessment overview
The assessment consists of multiple-choice, short-answer, and extended writing questions. Students must answer all questions. Calculators can be used in the examination.
Component 3: Practical Performance
Non-examined assessment: internally marked and externally moderated: 30% of the qualification (35 marks per activity)
- Skills during individual and team activities
- General performance skills
The assessment consists of students completing three physical activities from a set list. One must be a team activity and one must be an individual activity. The final activity can be a free choice. Students must participate in three separate activities. Each activity can last up to 12 hours. These will be assessed by the teacher and moderated by the examination board.
Component 4: Personal Exercise Programme (PEP)
Non-examined assessment: internally marked and externally moderated
10% of the qualification: 20 marks
- Aim and planning analysis
- Carrying out and monitoring the Personal Exercise Programme (PEP)
- Evaluation of the PEP Assessment
The assessment consists of students producing a Personal Exercise Programme (PEP) and will require students to analyse and evaluate their performance. These will be assessed by the teacher and moderated by the examination board – Pearson.
Curriculum Intent – BTEC Sport
To give learners opportunities to link education and the world of work in engaging, relevant and practical ways
- enable learners to enhance their English and mathematical competence in relevant, applied scenarios
- support learners’ development of transferable interpersonal skills, including working with others, problem solving, independent study and personal, learning and thinking skills
- give learners a route through education that has clear progression pathways to further study or an Apprenticeship.
This qualification has a core of underpinning knowledge, skills and understanding, and a range of options to reflect the breadth of pathways in a sector. This gives learners the opportunity to:
- gain a broad understanding and knowledge of a vocational sector
- investigate areas of specific interest
- develop essential skills and attributes prized by employers, further education colleges and higher education institutions.
This qualification provides opportunities for learners to progress to either academic or more specialised vocational pathways.
Students will study three mandatory units, covering the underpinning knowledge and skills required for the sports sector:
- fitness for sport and exercise
- practical performance in sport
- applying the principles of personal training.
They will build on the knowledge gained in the mandatory units by completing the leading sports activities unit.
Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Sport – Units to be covered
1 Fitness for Sport and Exercise
2 Practical Performance in Sport
3 Applying the Principles of Personal Training
4 Leading Sports Activities
Students will carry out tasks/assignments throughout the course. These will be marked and students will receive feedback as to how they are getting on. For the assessment for Unit 3 Applying the Principles of Personal Training, students will be able to draw on the knowledge, skills and understanding they have developed in the qualification as a whole. Unit 3 is an internally marked task set by the examination board. The assessment criteria require learners to demonstrate that they can identify and use effectively an appropriate selection of skills, techniques, concepts, theories and knowledge from across the units.
The department also run a number of educational trips that allow students to experience live professional sport. The department also run a biannual ski trip to Europe.