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Physical Education

Course Title :Physical Education
Examination Board / Web address :WJEC
Qualification :GCSE
Grade Range :A* –  G

Aims of the course

This WJEC GCSE in physical education will enable learners to engage in a practical course, designed to encourage learners to be inspired, motivated and challenged by the subject and enable them to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career pathways. Through studying GCSE Physical Education learners will acquire the knowledge, understanding, skills and values to develop and maintain their performance in

physical activities and understand the benefits to health, fitness and well-being. Learners will develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance.

What will I study? – Course Outline

develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance

  • understand how the physiological and  psychological state affects performance in physical activity and sport
  • perform effectively in different physical activities by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas
  • develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance in physical activity and sport
  • understand the contribution which physical activity and sport make to health, fitness and well-being
  • understand key socio-cultural influences which can affect people’s involvement in physical activity and sport in Wales and the wider world.

What will I learn? What skills will I acquire?

The makeup of the course will encourage you to learn in a number of different ways. You will have the opportunity to develop your own learning and take responsibility for your own progress. You will work as part of a team and develop your communication skills and the ability to work with others. Some of the practical activities will allow you to develop your problem solving skills.

The practical course will allow you to continue to develop your skill level and also your tactical knowledge within the sport.

The theory side of the course will allow you to develop your recall and understanding and apply these in the final exam.

How will I be assessed?

The course will be assessed in 2 ways. 50% of the course is practical, made up of 1 major activity that will include a fitness programme linked to the sports requirements. You will also need to be assessed in 2 minor activities. The activities must consist of at least 1 individual sport and 1 team sport. The choice of activities is specified by WJEC. Please check with the PE department for the full list of acceptable activities for this course. This will be marked internally and externally moderated in the spring term of year 11. The other 50% is a theory exam, 2 hours long, sat at the end of year 11.

Progression following this course. What’s next?

The GCSE PE course leads on to a number of courses at Key Stage 5.

BTEC Sport (Level 3) is offered at both the single and the double within Hawthorn High School.

A Level PE is also offered within the consortium.

Future career opportunities

The GCSE PE course provides a good basis for understanding the value and benefits of exercise, as well developing a good skill level in many sports.

Following PE as a course will provide a good grounding for many future careers. Previous students of the GCSE course have progressed on to Key Stage 5 and then to university to study a variety of degrees. These students are now following these careers:

  • PE teacher
  • Physiotherapist
  • Radiographer
  • Primary School Teacher
  • Personal Trainer
  • Police Service
  • Fire Service
  • Retail management

The skills learnt within the PE course are easily transferable to many jobs and careers.

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