Option Subject – Examination Board used OCR
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What is GCSE Physical Education all about?
The GCSE PE is a natural extension of, and complements, the general practical PE programme. The new syllabus provides pupils with the opportunity to study both practical and theoretical aspects of PE. The areas of study are designed to allow pupils to develop their understanding and knowledge of the principles involved in enjoyable, effective and safe health related exercise.
The course is divided into 60% practical options and 40% theory.
The theoretical part of the course is split into two sections. The first is 'Introduction to P.E.'. Topics covered range from planning strategies and tactics, components of fitness, warming–up and cooling-down, diet, health and well-being. The second section 'Developing Knowledge in P.E.' covers areas ranging from physiology, sports injuries, participation and government initiatives in sport, feedback and goal setting.
Will I enjoy this course?
The course is practically based and involves participating in a range of sports, as well as developing the knowledge on how to improve your own performance. If you are keen on sport, this will be a very enjoyable course.
How does it follow on from what I have learned before?
In your PE lessons you have already been taught a variety of activities and this course builds upon these basic skills.
What about examinations?
There are two one hour examinations at the end of the course, which will test your knowledge on the theory sections of the course. These exams consists of two sections. Section A is multiple choice and Section B is short answer questions.
Is there any coursework?
Throughout the course you will be learning and developing new skills and techniques in a variety of sports. The final coursework mark is worth 60% of the total and you have to choose four sports for assessment.
You will also need to analyse performance in one of your four chosen sports and write an analysis sheet under supervised conditions over a seven hour period.
What other skills might I develop?
PE allows you to develop a wide range of personalskills through the involvement of a practicalactivity. At the same timethe need to analyse performance will ofteninvolve using ICT as a basis for studying and evaluating other people's performances.
What could I do next with GCSE PE?
GCSE PE leads naturally on to the AS/A2 level course of PE available at St. Bees in the Sixth Form. Employment opportunities where your skills will be particularly valued include the sports and leisure industry, travel and tourism and teaching.