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Key Stage 4

Core PE Curriculum

Physical Education is compulsory for all students in Years 10 and 11. Each pupil will participate in one hour of ‘core’ PE a week, where there is an emphasis is on getting everyone active and involved in a selection of engaging sports or activities.

All students experience a one hour lesson of ‘core’ Physical Education, per week.

If some groups are oversubscribed, students may not get their first choice of activity.

Students will be allowed to opt for the same activity more than once during the year.

GCSE - 2017

What you will study

GCSE PE is mostly practical based and provides students with the opportunity to develop their skills and tactical awareness in four different, sporting, activities. Planning, performing and evaluating are inter-related with the emphasis on performing. Students will also study the theory of Physical Education, incorporating Healthy Active Lifestyles and Your Healthy Active Body. This covers topics such as the principles of training, the methods of training, various fitness tests, influences on taking part in physical activity, the effects of exercise on the different body systems, to name but a small cross section of theory work covered.

Overview of content

Candidates follow 6 week courses in each of the four activities from the full range of National Curriculum activities. There is some flexibility to allow students to show themselves at their best. Thus, if a student plays a sport outside of school to a high standard, we can use this sport as one of their 4 assessments.

In previous years, such sports have included, cricket, swimming/life saving, karate, table tennis, golf, to name but a few. They will then submit their four highest grades. The following table shows the activities followed at Friern Barnet School:

Fitness Activities Games Gymnastic Activities
Fitness Training Assoc. Football

Trampolining (to include individual skills plus a routine of up to 10 bounces)

(Circuit, Aerobics,
Continuous and/or Weight Training)


Students must select either fitness or trampolining as one of their 4 sports activities to be assessed

Assessment Procedure GCSE

60% of the marks are practically based and each practical activity is assessed in Year 10 and Year 11. At the end of the course in Year 11, an external moderator visits the school and assesses the students in a variety of different sports activities. This will be the students’ final practice grade. Candidates will be required to offer four activities for assessment and to complete analysis and performance in one of these activities.

Students also follow a course of theory lessons. 40% of the marks for this subject are allocated to a final, written exam, of 1 hour 30 minutes. This will test the knowledge from the theory lessons, which will cover:

1. Healthy, active lifestyles

2. Your healthy, active body

A Personal Exercise Programme and an Analysis of Performance PowerPoint is written up as coursework.

In both Year 10 and Year 11 students have an even balance of theory and practical.

How the course is assessed

  • For each practical activity, students are graded out of 10 marks
  • All students produce a Personal Exercise Programme and an Analysis of Performance PowerPoint graded out of 10 marks
  • A final, written, theory exam, of 1 hour 30 minutes, is set in May of Year 11
  • Marks are then totalled together

How the course is structured

  • Students are taught 3 GCSE PE lessons every week
  • 2 lessons in one week, will be practical lessons, with the other lesson being a theory lesson
  • The next week will be 2 theory lessons and 1 practical lesson
  • In Year 10, each sports activity is introduced and assessed but then the sports are repeated in Year 11 and assessed again
  • In Year 10 theory lessons, we cover ‘Healthy, Active, Lifestyles’
  • In Year 11 theory lessons we cover ‘Your Health, Active Body’

GCSE - 2018

What you will study

Year 10

  • Healthy, active lifestyles and how they could benefit you
  • Influences on your healthy, active lifestyle
  • Exercise and fitness as part of your healthy, active lifestyle
  • Physical activity as part of your healthy, active lifestyle
  • Your personal health and well-being


Year 11

  • Physical activity and your healthy mind and body
  • A healthy, active lifestyle and your cardiovascular system
  • A healthy active lifestyle and your respiratory system
  • A healthy active lifestyle and your muscular system
  • A healthy active lifestyle and your skeletal system

General Information

Component 1: Fitness and Body Systems

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes

36% of the qualification

90 marks

Component 2: Health and Performance

Written examination: 1 hour and 15 minutes

24% of the qualification

70 marks

Component 3: Practical Performance

Non-Examined Assessment: Internally marked and externally moderated

30% of the qualification

90 marks (30 marks per activity)

Component 4: Personal Exercise Programme (PEP)

Non-Examined Assessment: Internally marked and externally moderated

10% of the qualification

20 marks

Where to go for Revision

  • Revision Guides and Workbooks available at Student Services
  • BBC Bitesize, Doddle (the best resource)
  • PowerPoints and past papers on Firefly
  • Mr Arnull-Revision hand out
  • LRC-past papers

Revision Techniques

  • Can you remember the facts?
  • Can you explain the facts?
  • Can you give an example of that fact within a sport? e.g. power is useful in football because it allows an athlete to kick the ball harder, jump higher, etc.
  • Skill related fitness (ABCPRS), explain reaction time, give an example of reaction time in badminton.
  • Can you apply your knowledge to different sports?
  • Such as hockey, volleyball, badminton, athletics.
  • Flash cards-each topic summarised on a card.Go through past papers.
  • Use Doddle-powerpoints and quizzes.
  • Make spider diagrams for each topic.


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