GCSE – Physical Education

Subject Overview

Students will have 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 that physical activity and sport make to health, fitness and well-being.

Course Content

Component Assessment Marks Content Overview
Fitness and Body Systems Written exam:

1 hour & 45 minutes

36% Applied anatomy and physiology

Movement analysis

Physical training

Use of data

Health and Performance Written exam:

1 hour & 15 minutes

24% Health, fitness and well-being

Sport psychology

Socio-cultural influences

Use of data

Practical Performance Assessment 30%


One team activity

One individual activity

An activity chosen from the DfE list

Skills in isolation

Skills in a competitive/formal situation

Personal Exercise Programme (PEP) Assessment 10% Aim and planning analysis

Carrying out and monitoring the PEP

Evaluation of the PEP

Students must ensure they have their correct and full P.E kit for every lesson.

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.