The content of the AQA GCSE Physical Education specification is designed to enable students to understand the benefits of living a healthy and active lifestyle and to provide a route into further study and/or related career opportunities.

Students should develop knowledge and understanding of the key body systems and how they impact on health, fitness and performance in physical activity and sport. They will develop knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of movement and their effect on performance. Students should develop knowledge and understanding of the principles of training and different training methods in order to plan, carry out, monitor and evaluate personal exercise and training programmes. Students will also learn about the psychological factors that can affect performers in physical activity and sport and will develop knowledge and understanding of the socio-cultural factors that impact on physical activity and sport, and the impact of sport on society.


GCSE PE Information Evening – June 2018

Course Overview

The course is 60% theory, assessed through two written papers at the end Year 11. Students are required to develop the knowledge and understanding needed to take responsibility for their own physical growth and development as part of a personal healthy active lifestyle. Students will study the following topics throughout the course:

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical training
  • The use of data
  • Sports psychology
  • Socio-cultural influence
  • Health, fitness and well-being

The remaining 40% of the course assesses students practical ability in three different sports/activities and through a written analysis and evaluation of their preferred sport.

For more details of the practical requirements please see the course specification.

Assessment

Students will be assessed both in the practical and theoretical elements of the course throughout the two years of study. We track students progress and attainment using ‘End of Unit Assessments’ for most of the topic areas covered. Students are encouraged to actively revise and review their knowledge and understanding as home learning tasks.

 

At the end of the course students will sit 2 exam papers, each 1 hour 15 min and worth 78 marks.

Paper 1:

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical training
  • The use of data

Paper 2:

  • The use of data
  • Sports psychology
  • Socio-cultural influence
  • Health, fitness and well-being