Physical Education Qualification

Following discussion with AQA (Assessment and Qualifications Alliance), the leading provider of qualifications and support for Teachers and Students in the UK, the Southern Shotokan Karate Association can now offer Karate as part of the controlled assessment requirements in the AQA’s GCSE Physical Education qualification.

How will this happen? 

A mediator from the school's PE Department will need to assess the student during a lesson at their own Dojo or at one of the established SSKA Grading Centres. The mediator will then communicate with the student's Instructor or the Grading Examiner on the day to assess how he/she is progressing.

In addition to a mediator assessment, the student's parent/guardian can also take a video recording of their child. The student's PE Teacher can then use this as part of the assessment. (You must get permission to record your child from your Club Instructor or the Chief Instructor at one of the Grading Centres.)

What Karate skills are needed?  

These are detailed below in Key Processes A and B.


Key process A-Developing skills for all game activities-l0 marks

Candidates will need to demonstrate their ability to develop and apply the following skills/techniques in increasingly demanding situations such as semi-opposed or opposed situations/structured practices in competition/authentic context.

Candidates should be able to:-  

P Improve the range, difficulty and quality of their skills and techniques.

P Develop the consistency with which they use and perform skills with precision, control and fluency. 

These skills are:- 

1. Basic Technique (Kihon) 

2. Stances (Dachii) 

3. Blocks (Uke)  

4. Punches (Tsuki)  

5. Strikes (Uchi)  

6. Kicks (Keri)  

7. Set forms (Kata)  

8. Sparring (Kumite)


for more detailed explanation, please read the Assessment Guide for the GCSE Short Course in Shotokan Karate

Key process B-Being creative and making decisions in all game activities-l0 marks

In games/physical activities, candidates increasingly demonstrate their ability to anticipate the responses of others and use this information to select and apply skills and tactics and to adapt their own performance. This is assessed according to its consistency and effectiveness in the full recognised version of the game/event tactics and to adapt their own performance. This is assessed according to its consistency and effectiveness in the full recognised version of the game/event.

 Candidates should be able to:-  

P Select and use tactics imaginatively in complex and demanding situations.

P Respond effectively and imaginatively to changing circumstances as they arise during the activity.

If you require more guidance, please visit:-

Once there, click on the link to 'Specification for Exams 2014' and open the "pdf" file.

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Sensei Stuart Cole, 7th Dan

Chief Instructor of the SSKA

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Updated: Friday, 29 January 2016