GCSE Physical Education2018-04-06T11:56:13+00:00

GCSE Physical Education

The Course

The GCSE course in Physical Education encourages you to be inspired, motivated and challenged by the subject and enables you to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career pathways. The GCSE PE specification equips you with the knowledge, understanding, skills and values to develop and maintain your performance in physical activities and understand the benefits to health, fitness and well-being.

Subject Content

GCSE Physical Education enables you to make the connections between theory and practice so that you are able to apply your understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport to improve performance. You will be required to use the technical vocabulary, terminology and definitions associated with the study of physical education. In addition you will be assessed in three activities in the role of performer that will be selected from a predetermined list. They will consist of one team activity, one individual activity and one of either.

Theory – 60% assessed in two written examinations

Applied Anatomy and Physiology: key body systems, musculo-skeletal and cardio-respiratory systems, anaerobic and aerobic exercise, short and long term effects of exercise.

Movement Analysis: the basic principles of movement, lever systems and planes and axes of movement.

Physical Training: the components of fitness, how fitness is measured and improved, the principles of training and their application to personal training programmes and how to optimise training and prevent injury.

Sport Psychology: the psychological factors that can affect performers, the classification of skills, the use of goal setting and SMART targets to optimise performance, guidance and feedback on performance and the mental preparation for performance.

Socio-cultural influences: engagement patterns of different social groups, commercialisation of sport, ethical and socio-cultural issues.

Health, fitness and well-being: physical, emotional and social health, fitness and wellbeing, the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle, energy use, diet, nutrition and hydration.

Practical performance – 40%

Assessed in three different activities in the role of performer. One of these assessments must be in a team sport/activity; one in an individual sport/activity, with the third assessment being from either a team or individual sport/activity. In addition there is a written task where you will be required to assess, analyse your strengths and weaknesses and suggest methods for improvement.

Why choose GCSE PE?

GCSE PE is a practical and enjoyable subject that incorporates both theoretical and practical elements. It would suit you if you have a keen interest in sport and recreation and are the type who looks forward to PE lessons. If you want to know more about the science behind sport and want to follow a course that develops knowledge and understanding through practical involvement, GCSE PE is for you. The GCSE course supports other subjects such as sciences, particularly biology, but taps into many different areas of study providing interest for many people.


GCSE PE is an ideal preparation for A Level PE. The course embodies anatomy, physiology, psychology, and biomechanics, which can aid further studies in those subjects at A Level and beyond. It allows progression to related degree level qualifications in similar subjects e.g. any science related course and sports and exercise science degrees.