Soham Village College

Physical Education (Legacy)

GCSE Physical Education

Class of 2017 Only

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Exam Board Qualification Specification
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The course builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills established in Key Stage 3 Physical Education. It will give you exciting opportunities to be involved in a number of different physical activities, promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. You can perform in one or all of the following roles: player/participant, leader or official. You should have an interest in physical education and sport, enjoy being active and appreciate the benefits of keeping fit and healthy.

You will:

  • Develop your knowledge and practical skills in a range of physical activities
  • Examine the effects of exercise and how training can improve performance
  • Find ways to improve your own performances in a variety of roles
  • Identify ways to develop and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle through participation in physical activity


Unit 1 – Examination 40%

Unit 1 is externally assessed through a written examination paper of 1 hour and 30 minutes. This will contribute a maximum of 40% towards your total marks. Theory work on the human body and the function and effect of exercise upon it.  Topics include the skeleton, muscles, respiratory, circulatory and digestive systems, fitness and training.  You will also consider other issues connected with sport such as sponsorship, media coverage, drugs and political issues, sporting organisations and the organisation of sporting events. 

Unit 2 – Controlled Assessment 60%

Unit 2 is assessed in two sections.

  • Section 1 – four practical performances in the role of either player/participant, leader or official. You can achieve 48% of the marks from your four performances, two of which may be in the role of a leader or official.
  • Section 2 – analysis of performance in one of the chosen activities. This will be worth 12% of the marks and should include planning, performing and evaluating a Personal Exercise Programme.

Other Information

Please Note: The practical course follows a set curriculum of activities which all students undertake.  Over the two years, some of the activities incur a cost (to pay for transport and facility hire).  Whilst the College subsidises this heavily, in order for the course to run effectively a parental contribution is required.  This can be paid in instalments during the Autumn Term.  Anyone in need of financial assistance to cover this cost should seek advice from the Principal.