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KS4 GCSE PE

Overview

GCSE Physical Education provides students with the knowledge and understanding of how to live a healthy and active lifestyle, enabling them to make informed choices about their own physical development. Students can choose from a variety of roles and activities in which to participate in physical activity.

Students will learn how to analyse and evaluate performance and suggest effective plans for improvement. This course has 60 per cent controlled assessment. To ensure that students have met controlled assessment requirements for GCSE Physical Education. This specification is particularly suitable for students who wish to continue their studies in further education and for those who are interested in related career opportunities.

Aims and learning outcomes

Courses based on this specification should encourage students to:

  • be inspired, motivated and challenged, and enable them to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career pathways
  • develop knowledge, understanding, skills and values to develop and maintain their performance in physical activities and understand the benefits to health, fitness and well-being
  • develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge 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 which physical activity and sport make to health, fitness and well-being
  • understand key socio-cultural influences which can affect people's involvement in physical activity and sport.

Units studied and a brief description of their content

Assessment objectives (AOs) are set by Ofqual and are the same across all GCSE Physical Education specifications and all exam boards.

The exams and non-exam assessment will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives.

  • AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin performance and involvement in physical activity and sport.
  • AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin performance and involvement in physical activity and sport.
  • AO3: Analyse and evaluate the factors that underpin performance and involvement in physical activity and sport.
  • AO4: Demonstrate and apply relevant skills and techniques in physical activity and sport. Analyse and evaluate performance.

Non-exam assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport

The non-exam assessment (NEA) aspect of this course requires students to develop their ability and aptitude in physical activities, demonstrating appropriate skills and techniques outlined below. This aspect of the specification requires students to:

  • demonstrate skills in physical activity and sport, applying appropriate technique(s)
  • demonstrate and apply appropriate decision making skills, strategies and/or compositional ideas within physical activity and sport, taking into account personal strengths and weaknesses
  • demonstrate ideas and problem solving solutions in spontaneous and/or pre-determined ways whilst under pressure in physical activity and sport
  • use appropriate physical characteristics/attributes (eg strength, stamina, speed, agility, flexibility, coordination) to achieve successful performance in physical activity and sport
  • demonstrate psychological control (eg arousal, anxiety, aggression) to achieve successful performance (and fair play) in physical activity and sport
  • adhere to "rules", health and safety guidelines, and consider appropriate risk management strategies in physical activity and sport
  • analyse and evaluate performance to bring about personal improvement in physical activity and sport
  • demonstrate their ability in team sports and activities by:
  • applying team strategies and/or compositional ideas taking account of the strengths and weaknesses of fellow team member(s), as appropriate
  • showing awareness of, and responding to, the actions of other player(s)/performer(s)
  • communicating effectively with other player(s)/performer(s) demonstrating their individual role in achieving the collective outcome.

Although students will not be assessed on each of these skills individually, they are all inherent to their overall performance. They will be assessed holistically using levels of response mark schemes provided.

There are two aspects to the NEA:

1. performance assessment (practical performance)

2. performance analysis assessment (analysis and evaluation).

Performance assessment:

Students are required to be assessed in three different activities in the role of player/performer only.

One of these assessments must be in a team activity, one assessment must be in an individual activity, with the third assessment being in either a team or individual activity.

Students can only be assessed in activities identified in our specification, which are those stipulated in the Department for Education's GCSE PE activity list. Students cannot be assessed in any other activity.

Students can only be assessed once in any activity, including where an activity is included in both the individual activity list and the team activity list. Eg they may not be assessed in both doubles tennis and singles tennis.

Students are required to be assessed on their skills in progressive drills (Part 1) and in the full context (Part 2) for each of their three activities.

Students must be assessed using the specified criteria for each activity. They must be assessed holistically on their overall performance for Part 1 (skills) and for Part 2 (full context) using the levels of response mark schemes provided for each activity.

Students' performances should be marked at the level at which they can perform consistently, so that they are able to replicate that level during moderation.

Part 1 - Skills

Students must demonstrate their ability to develop and apply the core skills/techniques in increasingly demanding and progressive drills in each of their three chosen activities. Progressive drills may start with the skill in isolation but should aim to increase pressure and incorporate direct competition in conditioned drills. This must not be in the full context of the activity.

Students will be assessed holistically based on the overall performance of all of the core skills/techniques listed for each activity, in increasingly demanding and progressive drills.

Schools and colleges are reminded that students should adhere to the rules appropriate to the activities undertaken and be actively encouraged to take ownership of appropriate risk management strategies to reduce the chances of injury to themselves and/or others.

The effectiveness of communication in team activities will inevitably contribute to the success or failure of the overall performance. As a result, the effectiveness of this skill will be encapsulated in the outcome of the performance as a whole.

Students will be assessed using the levels of response grids provided for each activity.

Part 2

Students must demonstrate their ability to apply the core skills/techniques, specific to their position where appropriate, in the full context of each of their three chosen activities.

Students must be assessed holistically, based on the performance of the listed skills/techniques in the full context of each activity.

Schools and colleges are reminded that students should adhere to the rules appropriate to the activities undertaken and be actively encouraged to take ownership of appropriate risk management strategies to reduce the chances of injury to themselves and/or others.

The effectiveness of communication in team activities will inevitably contribute to the success or failure of the overall performance. As a result, the effectiveness of this skill will be encapsulated in the outcome of the performance as a whole.