Wed Dec 19 12:30:00 UTC 2012

Read on to look back at the changes to the summer 2012 question papers for GCSE PE Unit 1, and to look ahead to further changes from summer 2013.

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Looking back at summer 2012

In February this year we informed you of changes to the summer 2012 question papers for 5PE01 and 5PE03. In particular, we explained that the supportive bullets, introduced to the paper after the initial set of sample assessment materials were published, would be removed from extended answer questions. This was to address concerns raised by Ofqual and centres about the narrow range of marks between the A* to C grade boundaries in summer 2011.

This change resulted in greater differentiation in candidate performance and allowed us to increase the range of marks between A* and C.

In the summer 2012 examination, the Principal Examiner identified four questions in which candidates could have performed better: Q4b (Q25 in 5PE03), Q6, Q12 (Q29 in 5PE03) and Q13. So to support you, the Principal Examiner has selected a range of responses that exemplify how the mark scheme has been applied. You can find this document on the course materials page under ‘teaching materials’.

Looking ahead to summer 2013

We'd like to take this opportunity to remind you of the communication we posted in June 2012 about changes to our question papers from summer 2013.

In summary:

Unit 1 – Full Course (5PE01)

  • We've reduced the number of single-word response questions, replacing them with short-answer questions that are marked out of three or four marks.
  • As in summer 2012, the longer answer questions will not contain supporting bullets.

Unit 3 – Short Course (5PE03)

  • We've reduced the number of multiple-choice questions and will no longer use the ‘whether two linked statements are true and/or false’ question type.
  • We've also reduced the number of single-word response questions, replacing these with short-answer questions that are marked out of three or four marks.
  • As in summer 2012, the longer answer question will not contain supporting bullets.

The total marks available for the written examination paper for both full and short course remain the same, and there will still be common questions between the full and short course written examination papers. The content and topics in the specification remain the same.

If you have any questions, please email the Physical Education Assessment Team at physicaleducation@pearson.com, or contact the Subject Advisor team at TeachingPEandSport@pearson.com.

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