New PE specifications are a winner

Thursday 23 Jul 2015

AQA has unveiled its new line-up of GCSE, AS and A-level draft specifications for PE – which have been developed with input from teachers and the Youth Sport Trust.

New topics including sports psychology will feature in the new GCSE course, along with the reintroduction of topics such as applied anatomy and physiology.

40 per cent of the assessment will be practical, with students being assessed on a performance on their own and as part of a team.

The new GCSE course will make it easier for students who go on to take the subject at A-level.

New topics in AQA's PE A-level include the use of technology in sport, which will be introduced alongside content from the current course. The course has been designed to be as familiar as possible to teachers, and to enable them to use their existing teaching resources.

Schools who want to continue to offer AS-levels will be able to teach the AS and A-level PE courses together in Year 12.

Oli Woodfield, PE Qualifications Developer at AQA, said: "Throughout the development, we have worked closely with teachers, taking on board feedback to ensure that our new qualifications are up to date, enjoyable to teach and give students the best possible chance of reaching their potential."

AQA will be supporting teachers with a wide range of events and resources to help them introduce the reformed qualifications. These include Preparing to Teach events, schemes of work and lesson plans specific to the new content, and video footage to help with practical teaching.