Nord Anglia Education
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Nord Anglia
22 February, 2019

Physical Education IGCSE

You will enjoy and succeed in IGCSE PE if you have a keen interest in playing a range of sports and have an interest in discovering the theoretical elements that underpin sports performance. 

The course is designed to develop knowledge and understanding through practical involvement. It will suit you if you are keen to take your sporting prowess to a higher level and, importantly, want to understand the physical, social and psychological links to sport. The course has a practical element; however, you must bear in mind that there is a significant theoretical component, which is taught in the classroom.

The theory element of the course will be assessed at the end of Year 11 and is worth 50% of your overall grade. There is one exam paper lasting 1 hour 45 minutes, which will include a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and longer answer questions. Theory topics include: Anatomy and Physiology; Health, Fitness and Training; Skill Acquisition and Psychology; Social, Cultural and Ethical Issues.

The practical element is worth the remaining 50% and includes assessments from four different sports covering at least two different categories (games, dance, gymnastics, athletics, swimming, OAA, combat) offered by the exam board. Practical assessments will take place throughout the two-year course and will cover a variety of activities. For this reason, you must be willing to fully engage in all practical activities during curriculum time, as well as committing to ECAs to further improve your marks. A student can be assessed in activities not covered in lessons so long as video evidence submitted demonstrates the assessment criteria.

If you love physical activity and sport, and are interested in developing a deeper understanding of the theoretical principles underpinning performance, then this is the ideal choice for you. It is also great for building the foundations which are necessary for the IBDP Sport, Exercise and Health Science course.