Soham Village College

GCSE Physical Education / BTEC Sport

Students will study either GSCE PE or BTEC Sport.

Whilst there are similarities in the topics covered within each course, the assessment criteria for each is very different. The programme of study that students follow is based on a carefully considered decision made for each student, through assessment against the criteria of each course. Students are not able to opt for a course of study. Students will be placed on the course that will maximise their chances of success.

Both courses are of equal value and are fully aligned with requirements for Post-16 progression to further study.

The courses build on the knowledge, understanding and skills established in Key Stage 3 Physical Education. They will give you exciting opportunities to be involved in a number of different physical activities, promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. You should have an interest in physical education and sport, currently participate in sport, enjoy being active and appreciate the benefits of keeping fit and healthy.

BTEC Sport

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Exam Board Qualification Specification
EdExcel Exam Board - GCSE Art & Design (Unendorsed 2AD01) BTEC First Award in Sport 600/4779/3

Assessment

Learners must complete the two core units, and two optional units, each worth 25% of the qualification. Three of the units are assessed through assignments. One of the units is assessed by an on-line exam.

The table below is a breakdown of the units studied for BTEC Sport and the format of the assessments.

 Year 10

Year 11

 

Units
Assessments
Units
Assessment

Autumn & Spring 1    

 

Unit 2 Practical Sports Performance.(Core Unit)
Internally assessed through three assignments:
2a: Sports Rules, Regulations and Scoring Systems
2b: Practical Sport Performance. Skills, techniques and tactics in two sports.
2c: Sports Performance Review
Autumn Unit 6: Leading Sports Activities Unit 6. Leading Sports Activities
Internally assessed through three assignments:
6a: Sports Leadership Article
6b: Planning and Leading Sports Activities
6c: Session Evaluation

 

Re-sits of the Unit 1 (Yr10) exam can be completed.

 

Spring 2 & Summer   

Unit 1 Fitness for Sport and Exercise(Core Unit)

 

Topics:

  • - Components of fitness and fitness training principles
  • - Exercise intensity and how it can be determined
  • - Fitness testing and interpreting fitness test results
  • - Fitness training methods

Externally assessed (an onscreen test)

 

The exam is ‘on-demand’. It will be completed when students have covered the content needed (approx. end of June).
Spring Unit 3. The Mind and Sports Performance Unit 3. The Mind and Sports Performance
Internally assessed through three assignments:
3a: Personality and Sports Performance
3b: The Influence of Motivation and Self-confidenceon Sports Performance
3c: Arousal and Anxiety and Effectson Sports Performance

GCSE Physical Education

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Exam Board Qualification Specification
AQA Logo GCSE Physical Education J587

Examination 60% Unit 1 is externally assessed through two written examination papers of 1 hour each. This will contribute a maximum of 60% towards your total marks.

Theory will cover anatomy, physiology and physical training. Topics include the skeletal, muscular, respiratory and circulatory systems, fitness and training.  You will also study sports psychology and socio-cultural issues such as sponsorship, commercialisation, drugs, violence and ethics in sport.

Controlled Assessment 40% Unit 2 is assessed in two sections.

Section 1 – three practical performances in the role of performer marked out of 20. You can achieve 30% of the marks from your three performances but they must include one team and one individual sport. Section 2 – analysis of performance in one of the chosen activities. This will be worth 10% of the marks and should include analysing and evaluating your own performance as well as producing an action plan which aims to improve the quality of the performance.

The table below is a breakdown of the units studied at GCSE and the format of the assessments.

   Year 10

Year 11

 

Units
Assessments
Units
Assessment

Autumn    

Physical factors affecting performance (01)

1 Applied anatomy and physiology

2 Physical training

Ongoing formative assessment Performance in physical education (03)
Non-examined Assessment – AEP controlled assessment
Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology (02)
2.1 Socio-cultural influences
2.2 Sports psychology
2.3 Health, fitness and well-being

Controlled assessment

Mock Exam: November

Spring   

Performance in physical education (03)
Practical Performance of team and individual sports
Mock Exams:December & March Performance in physical education (03)
Practical Performance of team and individual sports

Ongoing formative assessment

Mock Exams: February

April

Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology (02)
2.2. Sports Psychology
Summer    Performance in physical education (03)
Practical Performance of team and individual sports
Non-examined Assessment – Analysing and Evaluating Performance controlled assessment preparation
Ongoing formative assessment

Mock Exam:June

Written examination (60%) 
Practical Moderation (30%) (Externally assessed)
Controlled assessment

Other Information

Please note: The practical part of the GCSE course follows a set curriculum of activities which all students undertake.  Over the two years, alternative activities are offered that incur a cost (to pay for transport and facility hire).  Whilst the college subsidises this heavily, in order for these activities to be completed a parental contribution is required, this can be paid in instalments.  Anyone in need of financial assistance to cover this cost should seek advice from the Principal.