WJEC GCSE Physical Education
This WJEC GCSE specification 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. Learners will perform effectively in different physical activities by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas. They will develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance in physical activity and sport. By studying GCSE Physical Education learners will:
- 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.
The course consists of 5 main areas of study:
- Health, training and exercise
- Exercise physiology
- Movement analysis
- Psychology of sport and physical activity
- Socio-cultural issues in sport and physical activity
The two assessed units in the course are:
UNIT 1 – INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL EDUCATION
- Written examination: 2 hours
- 50% of qualification
- 100 marks
- Learners will be assessed through a range of short and extended questions. The questions will be based on audio-visual stimuli and other sources.
UNIT 2 THE ACTIVE PARTICIPANT IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION
- Non-exam assessment
- 50% of qualification
- 100 marks
- LEARNERS WILL BE ASSESSED IN:
- three different activities in the role of performer
- at least one individual and one team sport and one other from the approved lists of activities
- a personal fitness programme linked to the chosen major activity
WJEC GCSE Health and Social Care, and Childcare (Single and Double Award)
These qualifications are designed for learners aged 14-16 who wish to gain an introduction into key aspects of the Health and Social Care and Childcare Sectors.
The qualifications will equip learners with knowledge and understanding of the development and care of individuals from conception to old age.
Learners will gain an understanding of how service provision in the Health, Social Care and Childcare sectors in Wales support the development and well-being of individuals.
Learners will also be introduced to a broad range of roles within the Health and Social Care, and Childcare sectors which will help them to develop an understanding of the career pathways available to them.
The GCSE in Health and Social Care, and Childcare (Single Award) will cover key topics such as:
- human growth, development and well-being
- promoting and maintaining health and well-being
The GCSE in Health and Social Care, and Childcare (Double Award) will cover additional topics such as:
- health, social care and childcare in the 21st Century
- promoting and supporting health and well-being to achieve positive outcomes
The GCSE in Health and Social Care, and Childcare (Single Award) will be made up of two mandatory units.
The GCSE in Health and Social Care, and Childcare (Double Award) will be made up of four mandatory units.
The qualifications are both externally and internally assessed.
Learners completing the GCSE in Health and Social Care, and Childcare could study other qualifications within the suite, including:
- Level 2 Health and Social Care: Core
- Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice and Theory
- Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice
- Level 3 Advanced GCE in Health and Social Care, and Childcare
- Level 3 Certificate and Diploma in Health and Social Care: Principles and Contexts
- Level 3 Health and Social Care: Practice (Adults)
- Level 3 Health and Social Care: Practice (Children and Young People).
They may also be interested in progressing to further study and/or training in related areas including: Sociology, Psychology and Medical Science.
Level 1 / 2 Award in Hospitality and Catering
This is a vocational qualification for learners who want to gain practical skills in the preparation, cooking and service of food. They will learn about the importance of the hospitality industry in providing jobs and contributing to the Welsh economy.
The industry is made up of many different types of businesses. Examples would be restaurants, hotels, bars, tourist attractions and many others.
There are 2 units to study over the two years:
- Unit 1 – The Hospitality and Catering Industry. This a theory based unit and assessment is via an on line exam testing knowledge.
- Unit 2 – Hospitality and Catering in Action. This is the practical unit where pupils can learn a range of skills in food based activities. Assessment is via a practical exam and a supporting planning booklet.
Pupils learn through practical tasks, presentations, scenario based activities and teacher handouts.
Topics studied include food safety and hygiene, job roles, types of establishments and service, cooking methods and special diets.
Pupils benefit from this course in building wider, transferable skills including teamwork, problem solving, and communication.
Pupils can achieve Level 1 Pass up to Distinction*.