Examination Board: OCR

Specification: J587


Description of Course

Have you ever wondered...

  • Why some people are good at sports and others not?
  • Why you are a great swimmer but hate running?
  • How you could go from being a good athlete to being in the Olympics?
  • Why people take drugs?
  • Why violence is often seen in sport?

Studying GCSE Physical Education will open your eyes to the amazing world of sports performance. Not only will you have the chance to perform in three different sports through the non- exam assessment component, you will also develop wide ranging knowledge into the how and why of Physical activity and sport.


How Will You Learn

The combination of the physical performance and academic challenge provides an exciting opportunity for students. You can perform, and then through the academic study learn how to improve your performance though application of the theory. Physical Education is learned about through a range of different contexts and the impact it has on both ours and other’s everyday lives. You will learn the reasons why we do things, why some people out perform others, mentally and physically. You will also delve into the ethical considerations behind the use of drugs and also gain an understanding of the consequences of inactivity and poor diet.                                                                                                       It is expected that students opting for this subject will have an active interest/involvement in PE and play regular competitive sport outside of school. Students are encouraged to bring their experience from a wide range of sports to this course as many of them can be assessed towards their final grade (e.g. horse-riding/windsurfing/skiing/dance). You will learn through doing…so if you enjoy the practical side of PE and are good at it…this course is for you!


Method of Assessment

  • Non- Exam Assessment (NEA). Three practical performances (30%)
  • NEA. One Performance Analysis task (10%).
  • A total of two hours assessment split over two examination papers (2x 1 hour) taken at the end of the two year course (with a wide range of Question types including: multiple choice, single mark, short answer and extended response questions) (60%).


Pathways after Year 11

Further Study

GCSE Physical Education is not just an excellent base for the OCR A Level in Physical Education, it can take you much further. For those of you fascinated by the human mind, why not carry on to Psychology? For people into the why of the human race this carries you through to Sociology. This is also an excellent additional qualification for those undertaking the sciences with the intention to move through into medicine or physiotherapy routes.

Career Routes

Beyond A Level, the study of Physical Education can lead on to university degrees in sports science, sports management, healthcare, or exercise and health. Physical Education can also complement further study in biology, human biology, physics, psychology, nutrition, sociology, teacher training and many more. The transferable skills you learn through your study of Physical Education, such as decision making and independent thinking are also useful in any career path you choose to take.


Pupil comments

“If you love sport and are interested in learning about the human body then PE is the course for you”

“By far and away PE is the best option I do”





Description of Course

PE is a compulsory part of education and at Key Stage 4 we allow our students to opt and choose a pathway that best suits their interests and sporting ability:


  • Sports leadership and performance; suited to able sports performers who want to gain a Level 1 Sports Leadership Award (JSLA) and play sport competitively (GCSE pupils are expected to opt for this). Sports include Football, Hockey, Rugby, Basketball, Netball and Rounders.
  • Healthy Active Lifestyles; suited to those who enjoy individual, alternative activities based around fitness and maintaining an active lifestyle. Activities are likely to include yoga, trampolining, badminton, table tennis and use of the school’s fitness suite.
  • Lifelong Sport; suited to those who enjoy both team and individual sports at a non-competitive level. Activities are likely to include Badminton, Table tennis, Lacrosse, Rounders and use of the school’s fitness suite.


PE at KS4 allows pupils to specialise in specific sports/physical activities enabling them to develop their knowledge, understanding, skill level and fitness in these areas. Our ultimate aim is to give our students the opportunity to make informed choices about healthy, active lifestyles, in the hope that they will find something that they enjoy and will continue that particular activity into later life.


How Will You Learn

Students will learn a variety of techniques and skills specific to individual sports in a practical setting. They will also develop their understanding of rules, tactics and how to coach and lead.


Method of Assessment

Students will be assessed via their levels of effort, skill, knowledge, leadership ability and overall appreciation of a variety of sports both practically and theoretically.


Pathways after Year 11

Further Study

Further study of PE at BTEC/AS/A2 Level (all offered here at Liskeard), or a variety of degree courses in PE related activities.

Career Routes

  • A career in sport/leisure/fitness industry
  • A career as a professional sportsperson.
  • Careers in sports media/journalism. .
  • Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy.
  • A Career as a Teacher
  • Career in the Forces or Public Services


Pupil comments

“I have organised festivals and worked with primary school kids”

“I love being active and being able to use the fitness suite”

“It has given me the opportunity to try lots of new sports like trampolining!”




Examination Board: AQA 

Specification: 8236


Description of Course

Dance is a powerful and expressive subject which encourages students to develop their creative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacity, whatever their previous experience in the subject.

This course recognises the role of dance in young people’s lives and students will study a range of dance styles. They can choose any style to perform and choreograph in, providing it meets the assessment criteria.


How Will You Learn

Dance is a fun, enjoyable way to learn about choreographic procedures and performance elements and will develop both your physical and expressive abilities.

Whilst many students will bring some previous experience of dance, others will have very little. This course aims to value and build on whatever experience they have. GCSE students will study a range of dance styles which acknowledge aspects of the repertoire of dance for theatre that can be seen in the United Kingdom today. Students can choose any style in which to perform and choreograph, providing the choice allows them to access the full range of assessment criteria.

The practical component of the course enables students to study dance by ‘doing’ and the anthology of professional works will provide a springboard for the development of creative and engaging practical tasks. The study of the anthology will facilitate the development of students’ skills in performance and choreography as well as broadening their knowledge and understanding of dance and ability to critically appraise dances of different styles and cultural influences.


Method of Assessment

Component 1 Performance and Choreography (60%)           

  • A solo performance (approximately one minute in duration)
  • Duet/trio performance (three and a half minutes in duration)
  • Solo or group choreography – a solo (two to two and a half minutes) or      
  • A group dance or two to five dancers (three to three and a half minutes)

Component 2 Dance Appreciation (40%)      

  • Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills
  • Critical appreciation of own work
  • Critical appreciation of professional works
  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes


Pathways after Year 11

Further Study

Dance may help you progress in any of the following areas:

  • Further study of Dance
  • A level Dance (offered here at Liskeard)
  • BTEC Dance
  • Degree in Dance

Career Routes

  • A career in Theatre Arts.
  • A career as a professional dancer.
  • Careers in Music and the Arts.
  • Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy.
  • A Career as a Teacher

It also enhances social skills, develops co-operation, patience and boosts confidence.


Pupil comments 

“I really enjoy GCSE dance, we get taught in different styles of dance as well as composing our own pieces.”

“We’ve been to the theatre to see professional works on stage and then used them in class in the next lesson.”

“I love doing a subject that is so practical.”



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