Click on this link for the sample exam paper and mark scheme.
This page is for Year 10 and 11 students taking GCSE PE. Here you will find information, worksheets and practice questions for the Edexcel GCSE syllabus, information on fitness training as the compulsory assessed practical unit, guidance for writing your Personal Exercise Plan and Analysis of Performance and the Controlled Assessment Guide listing all the different sports that can be assessed and the requirements of each.
Click Here for Grading Criteria for all permitted Sports
GCSE Past Exam Papers and Mark Schemes
Using test papers to prepare for exams
It's sensible to look at past papers as part of your exam practice. They won't help you predict the questions or topics that are likely to come up in the exam but you can use them to:
- assess whether you have learnt the material
- identify gaps in your knowledge.
Past GCSE Exam Papers 2011, 2012, 2013
Past GCSE Mark Schemes 2011, 2012, 2013
Yr 10 End of Year Exam Revision Guide - click here
For a link to the GCSE specification from the exam board click here
Benefits of a healthy active lifestyle
Influences on a healthy active lifestyle
Health and skill related fitness
Principals of training
Methods of training
Diet, health and well-being
Physical activity and your healthy mind and body
Practice Exam Questions
For the practical side of the GCSE students have to be assessed in four different activities. One of these is Fitness Training made up of two training methods (continuous and circuit). There is also a written Analysis of Performance and Personal Exercise Plan to be completed on Year 11 which will be based on Fitness Training. The other three activities can be chosen from the list on the Controlled Assessment Guide. Click here
It is possible to do activities that we do not teach at school but for these video evidence is required and this must be agreed with the teacher no later than February Half Term in Year 11.
It is also possible to be assessed as a leader or official in a sport, rather than a player, but this requires a high level of planning and detailed written records must be kept. This must also be agreed by the teacher by February Half Term of Year 11 but preferably organised and started well before that.
Fitness Training, Analysis of Performance and Personal Exercise Plan
Click on the links below for resources to help with this part of the practical
Boys doing cv circuit
Link for the perfect press-up. Click here
Link for the perfect star jump. Click here
Link for the perfect sit-up. Click here
Link for the perfect burpee. Click here
Link for the perfect squat thrust. Click here
Click here for infomation on Running technique
The Analysis of performance is based on running technique. All students do this because it is the easiest to analyse and get the top marks for!
Information for Year 10 and 11 boys not taking GCSE PE
Click here for powerpoint presentation delivered in PSHE lesson.
Controlled assessment information sheet for the next PSHE lessons.
Information sheets for Year 11 non GCSE students (2013)to prepare for your exam.
Click here for information
Training principles, work done in PSHE lesson.
Click here for Sheet 2
Our aim is to enrich the lives of students through sport and physical activity and educate all students in the lifelong benefits of leading an active, healthy lifestyle.
Key Stage 3
All students at Key Stage 3 take part in a varied programme of activities covering all Key Processes outlined in the National Curriculum for Physical Education:
- Develop confidence and competence in a wide range of activities.
- Be physically active for sustained periods of time.
- Develop health and fitness in order to lead an active lifestyle.
- Compete in sport and other activities to build character.
- Promote values such as fairness and respect.
During Key Stage 3, students will experience a range of activities in lessons including;
Netball, Football, Rugby, Hockey, Basketball, Rounders, Tennis, Badminton, Table Tennis, Health and Fitness, Gymnastics, Dance, Trampolining and Athletics
Activities are usually taught in nine lesson ‘blocks’ and assessment is continual in all practical activities, in line with whole school assessment policies.
At the end of each block, students are provided with a practical assessment grade, along with an understanding assessment grade for each activity covered. The following areas are applicable when assessing student progress in PE at Key Stage 3;
- Developing skills.
- Making and applying decisions.
- Developing mental and physical capacity.
- Evaluating and improving performance.
- Making informed choices about healthy and active lifestyles.
This is not set at Key Stage 3 for PE
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4, all students will take part in core (practical) PE for two lessons per week. During these lessons, classes will follow a pathway of activities, with the emphasis on providing positive experiences to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. These may include competitive competitions and games. Student may also be given the opportunity to coach and officiate during lessons, Those students who enjoy these roles will also have the opportunity to complete a Level 1 Sports Leaders Award.
The pathways include areas of activity such as Health and Fitness, Invasion games, Striking and Fielding games, Net / Wall games, Aesthetic Activities and Athletics Activities.
Students are also able to choose one of the following courses as part of the options block;
- OCR GCSE PE
- OCR BTEC in Dance
- Edexcel BTEC First Award in Sport
GCSE Physical Education
Exam Board – OCR
60% of final grade
Two written theory exams at the end of year 11, which examine anatomy and physiology, movement analysis, physical training, use of data, sports psychology, socio- cultural influences, health, fitness and wellbeing
30% of final grade
Practical Performance of 3 activities in team and individual sports.
10% of final grade
Coursework- Analysis of performance
Qualification grading will be on a 9- 1 scale, with 9 being the highest grade
Useful information can be found on the following website
Students are also encouraged to set their own challenging targets following feedback from teachers.
BTEC First Award in Sport
Exam Board- Edexcel
Four units studied across the two years of the course. Each unit is worth 25% of the final grade:
Unit 1- Fitness for Sport and Exercise (externally assessed via an online exam)
Unit 2- Practical Sports Performance (internally assessed via coursework)
Unit 5- Training for Personal Fitness (internally assessed via coursework)
Unit 6- Leading Sports Activities (internally assessed via coursework)
Qualification Grading will be either at Level 1 and Level 2, dependant on the result of each unit and standard of work. At Level 2, students are graded as Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction Star.
Useful information can be found on the following website
No home learning will be given in PE for core lessons
For examined courses, homework will be set for students based on the piece of work or assignment being completed. Typically this would be once a week for GCSE and once per fortnight for BTEC Sport and Technical Diploma Dance. Homework will be set to enhance the learning that has already taken place in lessons, or to prepare students for future topics or themes.
Key Stage 5
At Key Stage 5 we offer two examined courses;
- OCR A Level Physical Education
- OCR Technical Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity
We also provide a comprehensive extra curricular programme, playing competitive fixtures in Rugby, Football, Netball, Hockey, Cross Country and Athletics. Key Stage 5 students also regularly take part in our annual Dance Display.
Our sixth form sports captains also assist in the delivery of extra curricular sport for the lower school and are given responsibility to coach and officiate matches or performances
OCR A LEVEL PE
- To enable candidates to maintain and develop their involvement and effectiveness in physical activity.
- Enable candidates to experience and develop knowledge of the psychological, sociological, biomechanical and physiological components of sport, leisure and physical education.
Students must have a genuine interest in sport as a science. Students must recognise and be able to cope with, the much greater theoretical element of this course as compared to GCSE.