STYLE OF ASSESSMENT
The GCSE consists of two 1-hour exam papers, making up 60% of the qualification. The papers have multiple choice, short-answer, and extended writing questions. The ‘Non Examined Assessment’ (NEA) involves Analysing and Evaluating Performance (10%) and practical skills where candidates will be assessed in 3 practical activities (30%), 1 of which must be an individual sport, 1 a team sport and 1 a free choice from the practical specification. Students are advised that this is predominantly a classroom based course due to the 70% theory content.
GCSE PE is a fascinating and challenging qualification. Students will study theory linked to a wide range of Sports Science inspired units; anatomy and physiology, movement analysis, physical training, health, fitness and well-being, sports psychology and socio-cultural issues in sport. Students will also perform a range of team and individual sports applying their skills and techniques in formal and competitive situations.
The ideal candidate will have a keen interest in sport, exercise and science. They must participate in sport on a regular basis either within or outside of the Academy.
Ordinarily, an extensive extra-curricular programme is offered within the Academy covering a range of individual and team sports. An inspirational and aspirational trip to the University of Bath’s Human Performance Centre enables students to perform a range of fitness tests using state of the art facilities and equipment provided by the University.
FURTHER STUDY AND CAREER CONNECTIONS
Students can go on to study the Cambridge Technical in Sport or A Level PE, both of which are offered at the Academy. This course offers great grounding for anyone hoping to coach or teach sport in any capacity in the future. GCSE PE also has links to medicine and physiotherapy due to the anatomy and physiology content.