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Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel

GCSE PE at Kingham is an excellent way to begin a career in sport or a way of enhancing your love of sport by studying and developing your knowledge into how to train or how the body works to keep you exercising.

Topics that are included in GCSE PE are:

  • Anatomy and Physiology (the body systems and effects of exercise)
  • Fitness and Training
  • Performance Enhancing Drugs
  • Injuries and Injury Prevention
  • Health & Well-being
  • Sports Psychology
  • Socio-Cultural Influences in Sport

GCSE PE would be perfect for any pupil who has a passion or an interest in sport or seeks to start to work towards a career in sport. In order to succeed and do well in PE, a sporty mindset is ideal as you can apply the theory concepts covered in lesson.

This subject is an ideal prerequisite for A level Physical Education, CTEC or BTEC sport or Sport Studies. We offer A level and CTEC Sport at KHS. This could then lead onto all degree topics under the sport umbrella. We run a bi-annual trip to the BodyWorlds exhibit in London as well as revision courses in Year 11. To support the practical element of the course, we are also running Rock Climbing residentials at the Brecon Beacons in 4th form and then weekly climbing NICAS courses at Northleach climbing centre.

Something to take into account before choosing GCSE PE is your sporting ability. Whilst you do not have to be an elite athlete, you do need to have sporting ability in at least 3 sports (ideally 4). The requirements are 3 sports, 1 individual, 1 team and then a free choice, it is important to say that playing in the boarding/day house with your mates is not really a required standard, we would be looking at playing for the school team.

Sports autobiographies as well as articles on contemporary issues in sport are excellent literature to widen interest and opinions in sport. Finally, GCSE PE is taught by either Mrs Rigby or Mr Cartwright, most lessons are theoretical based in the classroom however where possible we incorporate practical lessons to aid the learning of the pupils.