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Physical Education (GCSE)

GCSE Physical Education is a popular option for those students that have a strong grasp of theoretical content as well as being competent performers in a range of physical activities. Throughout Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 students build up their level of understanding of the content and develop the skills they need to succeed in Physical Education. Students are assessed in three practical activities of which at least one must be a team and one must be an ‘individual’ activity. The exam board studied is AQA and students study the following range of topics, although the order of activities may vary:

Year 9

The Year 9 curriculum is focussed on engagement in the practical aspects of Physical education and this is connected to a variety of sporting examples.

  • Components of fitness
  • Principles of training
  • Types of training
  • Joints and movement
  • Physical, mental and social health
  • Use of data
  • Practical moderations

Year 10

  • Commercialisation and the media
  • Cardiac cycle and mechanics of breathing
  • Aerobic and anaerobic respiration
  • Levers, planes and axis
  • Skill and SMART targets
  • Guidance and feedback
  • Non-Examination Assessment coursework
  • Use of data
  • Practical moderations

Year 11

  • Arousal and aggression
  • Personality and motivation
  • Drugs and conduct in sport
  • Spectator behaviour and hooliganism
  • Non-Examination Assessment coursework
  • Use of data
  • Practical moderations