Physical Education

The GCSE Physical Education course promotes continuity, coherence and progression within the study of Physical Education.  It builds upon the knowledge, understanding and skills developed in earlier key stages.




Students will have opportunities to:

  • Develop and apply their knowledge, skills and understanding of physical education through selected physical activities;
  • Develop their knowledge and understanding of the different factors that affect participation and performance;
  • Understand the role of rules and conventions in their selected activities;
  • Promote their understanding of the health benefits associated with taking part in physical activity;




Component 1                                                                          Weighting: 40%

External Examination

One written paper comprising short answer and multi-part questions, all compulsory (1 hour 30 minutes)


Component 2                                                                                      Weighting: 20%

Developing and maintaining a balanced, healthy lifestyle (controlled assessment)

This is an evidence based assessment of the students’ ability to analyse, interpret, evaluate, plan, implement and monitor actions to develop and maintain a balanced, healthy lifestyle.


Component 3                                                                                      Weighting: 40%

Individual Performance in Physical Activities (controlled assessment)

Assessment is based on:

(a)    improving the quality , efficiency and effectiveness of individual performance in physical activities.

(b)   analysing, evaluating, planning, implementing and monitoring actions to improve skilled performance in selected physical activities.





The course provides a sound basis for further study of PE or related studies at a more advanced level. In addition, it will give a deeper insight into possible career opportunities in a world where the sport and leisure industry is ever growing. A few sports related careers could include education, coaching, psychology, nutrition, bio-mechanics, exercise physiology, media, leisure management, sports development officers, physiotherapy, personal trainers/fitness instructors to name but a few.