GCSE Physical Education

If you enjoy PE and are interested in challenging yourself to study the subject at a more advanced level, then this is the course for you! As you would expect, there is a strong practical element where you will have the opportunity to develop your sporting and fitness skills. However, there is also a significant theoretical component where you will extend your knowledge and understanding of physical education and physical activity in relation balanced healthy lifestyles, including:

  • How and why people take part in physical activity
  • Exercise and fitness
  • Personal health and well-being

You will also develop your knowledge in relation to performance in physical activity.

This course can lead onto Level 3 BTEC and A level courses in sports science and eventually onto university and/or a career in the sports/fitness industry.

Successful students in the past have really enjoyed being active, both in and out of school. They attend clubs regularly and have represented the school in one or more teams. They have usually achieved a level 6 or higher in PE by the end of Year 9. 


In GCSE Physical Education, both your practical and written skills will be assessed.

Unit 1: The theory of physical education (written exam – 60%)

You will learn about the different demands of sport on fitness and the range of training needed to improve fitness for sport. This will include studying the relationship between physical health and lifestyle and the way that your mind and body respond to physical activity. You will explore the relationships between exercise, diet, work and rest and how, together, they contribute to a balanced, healthy lifestyle.

Unit 2: Performance in physical education (controlled assessment – 30%)

For this unit, you will undertake two different controlled assessment tasks. For section A, you need to offer 3 practical performances in different contexts within selected sports/physical activities. This can be in the role of player/participant, official or leader. You will learn the rules/regulations of your chosen sports/activities and how these relate to and affect participation. You also need to demonstrate effective and suitable skills in isolation and/or competitive situations as appropriate. This section is worth 30% of the overall qualification. Section B requires you to produce a written analysis of one of your performances from section A. This is worth 10% of the overall qualification.