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GCSE PE

Course Outline
This course will prepare learners for the further study of PE or sports science courses as well as other related subject areas such as psychology, sociology and biology. Students will develop the transferable skills that are in demand by Further Education, Higher Education and employers in all sectors of industry.

The course aims to create confident, independent thinkers and effective decision makers who can operate effectively as individuals or as part of a team – all skills that will enable them to stand out and effectively promote themselves as they progress through life.
We strongly advise that students looking to take GCSE PE as an option will have represented the school regularly in two or more sports or will participate in sport outside of school hours to a high standard. This course is 60% theory with an emphasis on applied anatomy and physiology and sports psychology.

Assessment
Students will sit two written exam papers, each worth 30% of the final GCSE PE grade. The final 40% is a practical activity assessment.

Paper 1 - examines applied anatomy and physiology and physical factors affecting performance.

Paper 2 - examines socio-cultural influences, sports psychology, health, fitness and well-being.

Practical activity assessment - evaluating and analysing performance and performance in physical education.

Progression/Further Study
A-Level PE, A-Level biology (if you have taken GCSE science), BTEC Level 3 in Sport/Nutrition, Level 3 course in leisure or recreation, Level 3 course in Public Services. Degree in Sports and Exercise Science. Students often combine sports courses with management courses.

Possible career paths might include professional sports person, sports coach/instructor, physical education teacher, physiotherapist, police officer, Armed Forces, dietician, gymnasium instructor or manager, Fire Service.