Key Stage 4 Curriculum

In Years 10 and 11, pupils continue to receive 2 lessons of PE per week in the form of key stage 4 PE.  In those lessons pupils build upon previous experiences as well as being introduced to new forms of physical activity.

Additionally we offer 2 examined courses which carry a further 3 lessons per week:

GCSE PE (EDEXCEL)

VCERT in Health and Fitness (NCFE)

GCSE PE

The new 9-1 course has been split in to 4 components; the details of these components are as follows -

Component 1 - Fitness and Body Systems

Written exam - 1 hour and 45 minutes

36% of qualification

90 marks

Content overview -

  • Topic 1: Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Topic 2: Movement analysis
  • Topic 3: Physical training
  • Topic 4: Use of data

Assessment overview - 

The assessment consists of multiple-choice, short -answer, and extended wrtiting questions.  Students must answer all questions.  Calculators can be used in the exam.

Component 2 - Health and Performance

Written exam - 1 hour and 15 minutes

24% of qualification

70 marks

  • Topic 1: Health, fitness and well-being
  • Topic 2: Sport psychology
  • Topic 3: Socio-cultural influences
  • Topic 4: Use of data

Assessment overview -

The assessment consists of multiple-choice, short-answer, and extended writing questions.  Students must answer all questions.  Calculators can be used in the exam.

Component 3 - Practical Performance

Non-examined assessment: internally marked and externally moderated

30% of qualification

105 marks (35 marks per activity)

Skills during individual and team activities

General performance skills

Assessment overview -

The assessment consists of students completeing three physical activities from a set list.  One must be a team activity, one an individual activity and the final one can be a free choice.

Students will be assessed against set criteria found in the Pearson Edexcel Level1/2 GCSE (9-1) in Physical Education practical performance assessment criteria document on their website.

Component 4 - Personal Excercise Programme (PEP)

Non- examination assessment: internally marked and externally moderated

10% of qualification

20 marks

Content overview-

  • Aim and planning analysis
  • Carrying out and monitoring the PEP
  • Evaluation of the PEP

Assessment overview -

The assessment consists of students producing a Personal Exercise Programme (PEP), and will require students to analyse and evaluate their performance.

These will be assessed by the teacher and moderatedby Pearson.

VCERT in Health and Fitness

This course is also broken down in to 4 units -

Unit 1 - Principles of Health and Fitness, internally assessed portfolio of evidence

Unit 2 - Healthy Lifestyles, internally assessed portfolio of evidence

Unit 3 - Preparing and Planning for Health and Fitness, externally set and marked assessment paper

Unit 4 - Develop a Personal Health and Fitness Programme, internally assessed portfolio of evidence

 

GCSE Student Resources - please click below to access information

Course syllabus

Exam question examples -

Musculosketal Test 

Skeleton Test

Key terminology

Paper 1 -

Structure and functions of the musculoskeletal system

Structure and functions of the cardio-resporatory system

Anaerobic and aerobic exercise

Long and short-term effects of exercise

Lever systems

Planes and axes of movement

Relationship between health and fitness

Components and benefits of fitness

Long-term effects of exercise on all systems

How to optimise training and prevent injury

Drugs in sport

Warm up and cool downs

Warm up and cool downs worksheet

Use of data

Paper 2 -

PEP

Practical assessment criteria

Revision mindmap

Example questions

Types of guidance

Engagement patterns

Commercialisation

Classification of skills