Physical Education is a core subject and is therefore compulsory for all pupils at Larches High School. However, Year 10 and 11 pupils will be given the option of choosing to complete a GCSE Course. In addition to this, pupils will also be given the option to complete the Boxing Awards course or the NICAS indoor climbing courses should this be something that interests them.

 

Option 1 GCSE P.E (Short Course)This will be a one-year course offered to Year 11 pupils who would like to achieve a half GCSE in Physical Education.

 

Option 2 GCSE P.E (Full Course)This is a two year course which will be offered to Year 10 pupils who would like to achieve a full GCSE in Physical Education.

 

NICAS level 1 and level 2 in Indoor Climbing These qualifications are offered to ALL pupils and can be used as supporting evidence for GCSE students, should they select indoor climbing as one of their sports for their practical assessment.

 

Boxing Awards Scheme This will be offered to all pupils who would like to achieve accredited awards in Boxing ranging from a Preliminary Award to a Platinum Award and can be used as evidence towards a GCSE qualification.

 

How will I get a half GCSE in Physical Education? (Short Course)

 

Written Examination – This will consist of a mixture of multiple-choice questions, short-answer questions and longer-answer questions on the following topics, anatomy and physiology, movement analysis, health, fitness and well-being and the use of data. The written examination will make up 60% of the qualification.

 

Practical activities – You will get the chance to learn and improve your skills in a wide variety of sports. The two sports in which you will score the highest marks in will be selected and will count towards your final assessment. If you play a team sport outside of school, then other arrangements can be made to be assessed in these. The assessment for the short course will consists of students completing two physical activities from a set list. One must be a team activity and the other must be an individual activity. This will make up 40% of the qualification.

 

How will I get a GCSE in Physical Education? (Full Course)

 

Written Examination – This will consist of a mixture of multiple-choice questions, short-answer questions and longer-answer questions on the following topics, fitness and body systems and health and performance. This will make up 60% of the qualification.

 

Practical activities – You will get the chance to learn and improve your skills in a wide variety of sports. The three sports in which you will score the highest marks in will be selected and will count towards your final assessment. If you play a team sport outside of school, then other arrangements can be made to be assessed in these. The assessment for the full course will consists of students completing three physical activities from a set list. One must be a team activity, one must be an individual activity and the other is your choice. This will make up 30% of the qualification.

 

Coursework (full course only) – For your coursework you will be required to plan and follow a six-week personal exercise programme (PEP) in which the students will design themselves before carrying it out. This plan should show progression and work towards an end target or goal. This will make up 10% of the qualification.

 

At the end of the practical part of the course we will make a DVD of your performance which will also include a short performance analysis interview on one of your practical performances.