GCSE PE and BTEC Sport look at both the practical and theoretical elements of PE. The subject looks at the theoretical concepts behind training, fitness and participating. Students will study anatomy and physiology, the effects of training on the body and diet and nutrition as well as practically developing their skills and understanding in a variety of practical sports.
OCR GCSE in PE J587
Edexcel BTEC Tech Award in Sport
There will be a mixture of theory and practical lessons for both GCSE and BTEC. The theory content is vast for GCSE so there will be a higher ratio of theory lessons.
GCSE consists of 3 components:
BTEC is taught across 3 components:
In GCSE PE you will get homework each week which should last an hour. This could just be one piece of homework but could also be two tasks (one from practical lessons and one from theory lessons).
BTEC Sport will have a series of ongoing assignments which may require work to be completed at home.
60% is theory based, externally assessed through 2 written exams.
Each paper is 1 hour long and has a 30% weighting.
40% is practically based and assessed through a piece of coursework which analyses and evaluates practical performance and a practical assessment in three sports, one which must be a team game and one an individual sport.
60% of the course is internally assessed through coursework activities such as:
40% of the course is assessed through 1 hour and 30 minute exam, taken at the end of Year 11. This is a written exam focusing on fitness testing, training methods and training principles.
The next steps for students could be either:
Students must have a strong interest in PE and sport. They should be playing sport regularly outside of school and represent the school on a regular basis.
Both courses are equivalent to one GCSE grade. Students will opt for ‘Physical Education’. The PE department will then select the most appropriate course for them. To assist this process a pupil’s PE, science and English level will be taken into account.
Level 8 and above in the ‘practical performance’ and ‘participation and attitude’ strands of the Cam Academy Trust at PE levels and a strong level in one of the other subjects listed above is desirable and would make access to the subject content easier, however students with a keen interest in the subject will be considered.
There is an after-school catch up session each week for each course, where help can be given with revision, coursework and assignments. Homework can also be done at these sessions. We have revision guides and textbooks that are recommended for purchase when students start the course.