GCSE – Physical Education

Students will have the opportunities to:

  • Develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance.
  • Understand how the physiological and psychological state affects performance in physical activity and sport.
  • Perform effectively in different physical activities by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas.
  • Develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance in physical activity and sport.
  • Understand the contribution which physical activity and sport make to health, fitness and well-being.

Course Content

Practical Content – Students study a variety of sports in depth, from which 3 sports (from 2 or more categories) count towards their final grades.

Skills Developed – In each practical activity, skills are developed to a high level which must also be applied in a game/routine situation. Students must develop a sound knowledge of the rules and regulations and also be able to officiate, organise competitions etc.

Additionally, students must learn to observe, analyse, evaluate their own and other students’ performance and coach them to improve their skills.

An essential part of the course is the planning, performing and evaluation of a fitness- training programme relating to one of the sports studied. The assessment is part of the final examination grade and forms part of the controlled assessment. Students must ensure they have their correct and full P.E kit for every lesson.

Exams and Assessment

Examination Board: Edexcel

Practical: Includes practical assessment grades from three different sports 40% of the final mark.

Controlled Assessment: Includes assessment in the following:

  • Rules and Regulations
  • Analysis, evaluation and coaching to improve performance
  • Understanding of Tactics and Practices
  • A fitness training programme – design, implementation, evaluation for 6 weeks (PEP)

Assessment: Final Written Examination 60% of the Final Mark

Why choose PE?

If you have good skills and understanding in a variety of sports/physical activities.
 You enjoy learning about the theoretical aspects of Physical activity.

GCSE Physical education lends itself to Level 3 study at A Level or BTEC National Extended / Subsidiary Diplomas.  Potential career paths after further study include teaching, coaching, sports journalism, physiotherapy, development of sport technology, sport science.