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Physical Education GCSE at Comberton Village College & Sixth Form

Course description

As well as the options available in Core PE, PE can be studied at GCSE level. Pupils have used the course in the past to study PE at AS and A2 level. Past pupils have found GCSE of great use to them in a range of careers including teaching, physiotherapy, dietician/nutritionalist, sports journalism and a range of careers in the fitness industry. Is this the right subject for me? The GCSE Physical Education course will appeal to you if you: - have a keen interest in sport and recreation and always look forward to your PE lessons - take part in sport/recreation outside of class time - want to follow a course that develops knowledge and understanding through practical involvement - want to know more about the benefits of sport and exercise - want to improve your own performance in a range of sports roles - want to study a course that is active and that you will enjoy What do I need to know, or be able to do, before taking this course? The course builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills established in the KS3 PE. It will give you exciting opportunities to be involved in a number of different physical activities, promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. You can perform in one or all of the following roles: - Player/participant - Leader - Official What will I learn if I study this course? You will: - develop your knowledge and practical skills in a range of physical activities - examine the effects and how training can improve performance - find ways to improve your own performance in a variety of roles - identify ways to develop and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle through participation in physical activity - appreciate the benefits of promoting ‘sport for all’ Homework Pupils will have homework every week. This may be writing up their notes from practical sessions, showing understanding of skill development, tactics, application of rules and also research tasks. There will also be homework to reinforce what has been taught in the theory lessons. How will I be assessed? The examination board is Edexcel. The GCSE course is assessed over two units. Unit 1 is externally assessed through a written examination paper of 1 hour and 30 minutes. This will contribute a maximum of 40 per cent towards your total marks. Unit 2 is assessed in two sections. Section 1 – four practical performances in the role of either player/participant, leader or official. You can achieve 48 per cent of the marks from your four performances, two of which may be in the role of a leader or official. Section 2 - analysis of performance in one of the chosen activities. This will be worth 12 per cent of the marks and should include planning, performing and evaluating a Personal Exercise Programme. Increasing understanding All pupils are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities. These take place through after-school sports clubs, where pupils can experience activities including rugby, football, netball, hockey, trampolining, swimming, squash, athletics, various dance classes, basketball and badminton. All pupils are expected to participate in inter-form competitions which the department organises. The school enters teams for a wide and expanding range of inter-school fixtures and tournaments. Pupils are also positively encouraged to join local clubs.

Further information

Contact Enquiries for further information. Delivery: Usually as part of a full-time programme

How to apply

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Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years