G.C.S.E. PHYSICAL EDUCATION
This G.S.C.E. course provides pupils with an opportunity to study both the practical and theoretical aspects of Physical Education; it is also designed to foster enjoyment in physical activity. The knowledge gained should enable pupils to develop an understanding of effective and safe physical performance.
The syllabus consists of four components. Two components are a theory based terminal examination worth 40%, where pupils should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: key concepts and processes in Physical Education; developing skills, techniques and motivation; developing physical and mental capacity; making informed decision making using the principles of training and safe exercise; opportunities, pathways and participation in Physical Education. Two further components involve practical performances and analysis tasks worth 60%. It is important to understand that within the practical performance element, pupils will be assessed in four practical activities and will also be required to demonstrate their ability to analyse performance and lifestyle within two written pieces of controlled assessment.
The course would suit pupils who have a genuine interest in the scientific, psychological and sociological basis of physical activity. To undertake this examination successfully the individual should possess the ability to reach a good standard of physical performance in a variety of different physical activities. It would therefore be a requirement that the pupil has represented the school in two sports if they are to achieve a suitable grade. Anyone interested in the course should discuss the idea with a member of the Physical Education Department.