Cardinal Heenan

Catholic High School


Physical Education

Curriculum Leader: Mr J Hayden

Physical Education GCSE

Course Level: GCSE  Exam Board: OCR  Course code: J587

The GCSE in Physical Education equips students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to develop their own performance in sport. They develop their understanding of socio-cultural influences on participation in sport, and the benefits of physical activity to health, fitness and wellbeing.

What the course covers
Component 01: Physical factors affecting performance
30% of GCSE
Students explore how parts of the human body function during physical activity and the physiological adaptations that can occur due to diet and training. They also develop skills in data analysis, and an understanding of the principles of training, why we train in different ways and how training plans can be made to optimise results.
There are two topics:
• Applied anatomy and physiology
• Physical training

Component 02: Socio-cultural issues and sports
psychology 30% of GCSE
Students develop their knowledge of the social-cultural and psychological influences on levels of participation in sport, and also how sport impacts on society more broadly. This includes the individual benefits to health, fitness and well-being of participating in physical activity, as well as the influences of commercialisation, sponsorship and the media.

There are three topics:
• Socio-cultural influences
• Sports psychology
• Health, fitness and well-being.

Component 03: Performance in physical education 40%
Students are assessed in performing three practical activities and one performance analysis task. In the practical performance, they demonstrate effective performance, the use of tactics or techniques and the ability to observe the rules and conventions under applied conditions. They are also required to demonstrate their ability to analyse and evaluate their own performance to produce an action plan for improvement.

Component 01: 1 hour written paper External Assessment
Component 02: 1 hour written paper External Assessment
Component 03: Non-exam assessment (NEA) Central Moderation

Where the course can lead
This course will prepare learners for the further study of PE or sports science courses as well as other related subject areas such as psychology, sociology and biology. Learners will also develop the transferable skills that are in demand by further education, Higher Education and employers in all sectors of industry.

Cambridge National Certificate in Sport Studies

Course Level: 1/2 Vocational Exam Board: OCR Course code: J

The Cambridge National in Sport Studies takes a more sector-based focus, while also encompassing some core sport/physical education themes. Students have the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge about different types of sport and physical activity, skills development and sports leadership to their own practical performance. They’ll learn about contemporary issues in sport such as funding, participation, ethics and role models, and sport and the media. Students develop an appreciation of the importance of sport locally and nationally, different ways of being involved in sport and how this shapes the sports industry.

What the course covers
Unit R051: Contemporary issues in sport
This unit sets the context of sport within the wider environment and how it reflects society and its values. Students will explore a range of topical and contemporary issues in sport, as well as the promotion of values and ethical behaviour through sport. Students will also learn about the role of high-profile sporting events and national governing bodies in advancing sports’ attempts to positively impact upon society and showcase their worth beyond providing entertainment.

Unit R052: Developing sports skills
Students will develop their skills, techniques and use of tactics/strategies/compositional ideas in both an individual and a team sporting activity. Students will also improve their understanding of the rules to allow them to act in a number of officiating roles within an activity. As well developing sporting skills, students will also develop their transferable skills such as communication, performing under pressure, using initiative to solve problems and making decisions by considering rapidly changing conditions around them.

Unit R053: Sports leadership
Whether voluntary or professional, the role of the sport leader is imperative in any sport. Adopting the role of coach, manager, teacher or team captain, sport leaders can shape the development of sport by influencing and inspiring those around them to participate and perform in sporting activities. In this unit, students learn more about different leadership roles and styles. They will then go on to plan and deliver effective and safe sessions and evaluate their own performance.

Unit R054: Sport and the Media
Sport uses the range of media to promote itself and in turn the media uses sport to expand and maintain uptake of its products. In this unit learners look at the differences
in sports coverage across a range of media outlets; the impacts the media has on sport and how this has changed over the years. They will also learn about the effect on public interest and media involvement in sport. Students will develop skills relevant in a range of careers and roles within the sports industry, such as sports reporting/ broadcasting, sports analysis or research and public relations or media work within a sports organisation.

Unit R051: Externally Assessed - Examination 60 minutes
Unit R052: Internally Assessed
Unit R053: Internally Assessed
Unit R054: Internally Assessed

Where the course can lead
Cambridge Nationals provide a strong base for progression to Further Education. This qualification is suitable for learners intending to pursue A levels in PE, vocational qualifications, an apprenticeship or work.