Changes for 2022

Because of the ongoing impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there are some changes to how GCSE PE will be assessed in 2022.

These changes are for 2022 only.

What you need to know

  • Advance information on exams will be available.
  • Students will be assessed in two activities rather than three.
  • Moderation visits are planned as normal, however, we recommend that you collect video evidence of your students’ performances wherever possible
  • Supplementary forms of assessment evidence will be accepted.

Advance information on exams will be available

To help students focus their exam preparation, there will be advance information on what exams will cover.

This advance information will be available by 7 February 2022, or sooner if the pandemic worsens.

In the meantime, the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) has published guidance for teachers and students on the use of advance information for 2022.

Non exam assessment

  • Students will be assessed in two activities rather than three. These can be two individual activities, two team activities or one of each.
  • The overall weighting of the NEA will remain at 40% of the total qualification. The NEA will be marked out of a total of 75 marks (25 marks for each activity and 25 marks for the written element).
  • There are no planned changes to the performance analysis element of the NEA.
  • We recognise that it has been difficult for students to demonstrate competitive situations in some sports. For summer 2022 we will be accepting supplementary forms of evidence to help support assessments.

Moderation

  • We’re planning moderation visits to go ahead as normal for summer 2022. As in a standard series, there is still the option for remote (postal) moderation if required.
  • For schools and colleges outside the UK (overseas) we will be offering remote moderation only due to possible Covid-19 travel restrictions.
  • Whilst we are returning to our standard visiting moderation procedures for summer 2022, we will continue to monitor the public health situation and if there are any changes we’ll be in touch to confirm.
  • We strongly recommend that, where possible, you collect video evidence of your students’ performances in case visiting moderation is unable to proceed as planned. We would advise that you prioritise practical NEA assessment and evidence gathering in the autumn term in case disruption increases towards winter.

Candidate record forms

To reflect the reduction to two activities, we have made some changes to the 2022 candidate record form.

You’ll mark the NEA out of 75 (25 marks for each activity and 25 marks for the written element). Our centre marks and moderation spreadsheet will automatically convert your marks to a total mark out of 100. This is so that the current weightings of the practical and written elements are maintained.

On the candidate record form you will need to:

  • Enter a mark out of 25 for each of the two activities
  • Using the conversion grid provided, convert the total activity mark (out of 50) to a scaled activity mark (out of 75)
  • Enter a mark (out of 25) for the analysis and evaluation
  • Record the total mark for the NEA (out of 100)
  • Ensure the centre marks and moderation spreadsheet total (out of 100) matches that of the Candidate Record Form.

Help and support

If you require further guidance, please contact us.