Updated: Wed 28 Nov 2012
Physical Education helps pupils acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to participate successfully in, and enjoy, physical activities both now and in the future. Pupils develop analytical and evaluation skills by deciding how to improve the quality of their own and others' work.
Students wishing to study GCSE Physical Education should do so if they have a strong performance background or if they would like to gain formal qualifications such as referee, umpire or coach. Students who study GCSE Physical Education can go on to study the subject at A-Level and degree level. Students who take the GCSE Physical Education can go on to careers in Education, Sports Coaching, Sports Management, Physiotherapy, Sports Science and Sports Media/Journalism.
At Key Stage 4 students are given the opportunity to develop their leadership skills in a range of activities and work towards accredited courses that recognize their developing coaching and administrative skills.
Physical Education at A-Level leads on from the GCSE syllabus in its approach to the assessment of the subject. It incorporates assessment of both practical performance and applied knowledge of physical education.
The variety of assessment procedures used ensure that students acquire knowledge and skills which would help them to prepare for entry into higher education and on to vocational courses.