The GCSE covers a broad range of practical activities and theory topics relating to the world of sport and health performance.
It equips students not only with sports skills and knowledge but the skills to evaluate the importance and relevance of a healthy, active lifestyle.
Practical activities studied come from sports such as football, table tennis, trampolining and off-site sports such as climbing.
The assessment includes two written examinations (Fitness and Body Systems and Health and Performance) worth 60% of the overall grade. The non-examined assessment has a 30% practical element and a 10% coursework element.
Students are required to:
1. Develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport to improve performance.
2. Understand how the physiological and psychological state affects performance.
3. Perform effectively in different physical activities by developing skills and techniques, and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas.
4. Develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance.
5. Understand the contribution which physical activity and sport make to health, fitness and well-being.
6. Understand key sociocultural influences which can affect peoples involvement.
Component 1: Fitness and Body Systems. Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes.
36% of the qualification. Topic 1- Applied anatomy and physiology - Topic 2 Movement Analysis -Topic 3 Physical training - Topic 4 Use of Data. 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 Sociocultural influences - Topic 4 Use of Data.
Component 3: Practical Performance. Non-examined assessment: Internally marked and externally moderated:
30% of the qualification. 105 marks, (35 marks per activity).
One team activity, one individual activity and a free choice. Skills in Isolation - Skills in a competitive/formal situation.
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 PEP - Evaluation of the PEP.
Higher Education Courses/Careers
Sixth Form: GCE A Level Physical Education BTEC level 2/3 Sport Physical Education can be studied with a variety of other subjects at University. Careers where this course may be useful are teaching, coaching, youth and community work, sports journalism, physiotherapy, sports scientist, sport and leisure managers, fitness consultants, nutrition and sports performance analysis.
* The sports qualification may change to : OCR Cambridge National Sports Studies and/or Sports Science.
* All qualifications are subject to change following consideration of any new specifications.