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Key Stage 4

Grammar and Syntax

The specification followed at GCSE is AQA Physical Education. Link to AQA website.

Studying PE at Stonyhurst provides pupils with a pathway into many careers whilst being an ideal partner to a breadth of subjects both at GCSE and A-Level. In PE, pupils are challenged to tackle topics in diverse areas practically, scientifically and in the arts.

For those pupils choosing to study the AQA GCSE course, there is a mixture of classroom based theory lessons (taught via lectures, group work and tutorials) and practical lessons.

The Physical Education course sets out to ensure that through their involvement in their three chosen practical activities and the theoretical programme of study, candidates acquire confidence, self esteem, respect for themselves and others, along with an understanding of the rules and conventions of their chosen activities.

The programme of study at this level provides candidates with the opportunity to become informed and competent performers, with an awareness of both the benefits of participation and the risks. This course provides opportunities for candidates to improve their overall knowledge and performance in a range of practical activities and to appreciate the necessity for sound understanding of the principles, practices and training which underpin improved performance, better health and well-being.

The course is assessed through two examinations worth 60% of the total GCSE. The remaining 40% through practical performance in physical activity and sport. During their practical performance, students must participate in three different physical activities.