Our response to questions about GCSE Physical Education Unit 1 (5PE01)

4 December 2013

Here’s our explanation, in response to your queries, of the outcome of GCSE PE Unit 1: The Theory of Physical Education (5PE01). We hope you find it useful.

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The final grade boundaries for each unit are set each series based on the following:

  • the professional judgement of our senior examiners
  • statistical data, including the prior attainment of the cohort (Key Stage 2)
  • recommendations provided to each awarding body
  • an archive of candidate responses on the key boundaries (A, C and F) to ensure comparability with previous series.

The raw marks allocated to the remaining boundaries (A*, B, D, E, G and U) are calculated arithmetically following Ofqual regulations.

The boundary marks for each unit are then converted to a uniform mark. The total number of uniform marks for each unit is fixed and does not change during the lifetime of the specification. The combined uniform marks for units 1 and 2 determine the qualification grade. Please refer to pages 61-62 of the specification (Issue 5), for the uniform marks for the units, and the qualification.

For more detail, see FAQs about GCSE PE - summer 2013 (pdf).

You can also find more on our UMS mark converter page.

To maintain the standard of the qualification over the lifetime of the specification, qualifications are graded according to a comparable outcomes approach as agreed with the regulator, Ofqual. An explanation about the process can be found on the Ofqual website.

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

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