Christian Head, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4HA

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Kirkby Stephen Grammar School

A Co-operative Academy


GCSE Physical Education is taught 5 periods a fortnight and involves theory and practical lessons.

The Course

The new GCSE Physical Education is assessed on three sports which make up 30% of the final mark. 10% is coursework and 60% final theory written exam. For GCSE you must select one individual and one team sport/activity. The third choice can be from either list.

The examination component introduces and explores physical factors which underpin physical activities and sports. Students will start to explore the effects of exercise, diet and methods of training on the human body. The course also covers sports psychology looking at movement skills, health, fitness and wellbeing. Pupils have already been introduced to some aspects of the course through homework sheets.

Pupils will have the opportunity to apply the theoretical concepts which they learn in the classroom in a practical setting. This includes fitness testing, applying the principles of training, looking into methods of practice and types of training and recording performance based data such as heart rate, stroke volume and recovery rates.

A-Level PE is also offered in the 6th Form and would be an obvious follow on for those able.

In order to participate fully in this course ALL pupils must have the correct KSGS PE kit. Sportswear is to be ordered online direct from the school supplier.

Core Physical Education

Everybody in Key Stage 4 receives 1 hour of physical education. This is used to facilitate the GCSE pupils in their sports, which are assessed. There is flexibility in the GCSE course whereby 1 lesson over the fortnight can be used for practical purposes nearer assessment time.

What can I do after GCSE P.E?

KSGS 6th form offer an A-Level in PE which builds on the content learnt from GCSE PE

Careers in areas such as: teaching, coaching, sports science, physiotherapy, sports development, nursing, sports psychology, performance analysis and many more.

 “The PE department are very encouraging and change the way each lesson is taught which keeps the subject really interesting” – Current year 10 student.