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GCSE: Physical Education (Sport & Coaching)
- Exercise and Training (1)
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GCSE PE involves a broad mixture of the practical and the theoretical and if you like sport then you'll find this absolutely fascinating. You'll be choosing a selection of different sports to study and to get involved with, building on your performance skills within each of them and learning the rules, skill and tactics. These will be assessed throughout the course and you may be asked to specialise in one of them. You'll also be learning how performances are evaluated and how improvement can be planned, scheduled and measured.
In terms of the theoretical aspects of the course you will be learning what constitutes a healthy lifestyle and a healthy body; there is some study of anatomy and physiology in this section. The written component to the course does involve an examination and the skills required can be improved by accessing the Marked by Teachers website where you can find a number of GCSE PE essay examples to learn from.
Studying PE at GCSE level is a great introduction to the subject a A level, and students often continue on to study Sport Science at university.
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"To conclude my analysis of the fire services physical fitness test has featured all the main tests used by the fire service and tried to explain why they have been chosen. The number of job related tests are considerable when compared to other public services I have investigated. With this in mind I feel that, although the tasks in the training period are well thought and structured, there should be some sort of physical tests done by all fire fighters to constantly evaluate their fitness levels. My recommendation would be to have these tests once a year and fire fighters who fail to meet the standard would complete the probationary training period again to prove their motivation and commitment to the important role they play in the public service industry."
"Gladiatorial shows, were often accompanied by souvenirs and the like, which in my opinion degrades Gladiators from noble sportsmen, to lifeless entertainers. This paired with the fact that they were often hired as entertainment at a dinner party, takes away the nobility. Also taking away from the nobleness is that there were non-related, less noble activities associated with, and inspired by Gladiatorial fights, gambling and prostitution to name but two. Gladiatorial shows were often considered by the emperor as a political weapon to manipulate the people, which is a shame. To conclude by today's standards the shows do seem extremely blood thirsty and due to this not noble. However in Rome, Blood and nobility were not necessarily contradictions, the Gladiatorial shows were certainly not as bloodthirsty as certain other forms of Roman entertainment, e.g. the midday executions. The fights themselves as a formal sport seem quite noble, but when looked at from the perspective of cult entertainment the nobility is lessened. In the gladiator fights the main focus was on skill and not blood. Although death was of course a possibility, the likelihood is that the majority of the time a good gladiator would live to die another day."
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