Physical Education

Examination Board: AQA
Specification: 8582
Qualification: GCSE

Head of Department:
Mr Mark Nicholson

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Physical Education

Course content:

Course content:

The course is split between Theoretical 60% and Practical 40% assessment.

Theoretical Assessment: 60%

Two, 1 hour 15 minutes papers at the end of Year 11. Each paper is worth 30% of the total GCSE.

Paper 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport

Paper 2: Socio-cultural influences and well being in physical activity and sport

Applied anatomy and physiology

Sports pshycology

Movement analysis

Socio-cultural influences

Physical training

Health, Fitness and well-being

Use of data

Use of data 

Practical Assessment: 40%
How it's assessed
Student must select in the role of player/performer (one in a team activity, one in an individual activity and a third in either a team or in an individual activity).
Students then complete a written controlled assessment, involving the analysis and evaluation of a performance to bring about improvement in one activity.

Initially assessed by teachers and then moderated by AQA, and is worth 40% of the GCSE

Practical Performance
Students are required to be assessed on their skills in progressive drills (Part 1) and in the full context (Part 2) for each of their three activities.

Part 1 – Skills (10 marks per activity)
Students must demonstrate their ability to develop and apply the core skills/techniques in increasingly demanding and progressive drills. Students will be assessed holistically based on the overall performance of all of the core skills/ techniques.

Part 2 – Full context (15 marks per activity)
Students must demonstrate their ability to apply the core skills/techniques, specific to their position where appropriate, in the full context. Students must be assessed holistically, based on the performance of the listed skills/techniques in the full context of each activity.

Team Based

Individual Based

              Association Football                               Ameteur boxing                  
Badminton Athletics
basketball Badminton
Canogie Canoeing/Kayaking (slalom)
Cricket Canoeing/Kayaking (sprint)
Dance Cycling Track or Road only
Gaelic Football Dance
Handball Diving, Platform diving only
Hockey Golf
Hurling Gymnastics (Artistic)
Lacrosse Equestrian
Netball Rock Climbing
Rowing Sculling
Rugby League Skiing
Rugby Union Snowboarding
Squash Squash
Table Tennis Swimming
Tennis Table Tennis
Volleyball Tennis

Written Controlled Assessment

Analysis – strengths and weaknesses (15 marks)

Analyse a performance in order to identify and justify two strengths and two weaknesses.

One strength and one weakness should be a fitness component.

One strength and one weakness should be a specific skill/technique or tactic/strategy/aspect of choreography (as appropriate).

Evaluation – the use of theoretical principles to cause improvement (10 marks)

Produce an overall action plan that suggests ways to improve upon the identified weaknesses.

Use appropriate theoretical content in action plan.


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