GCSE Physical Education

Core Physical Education

The Physical Education programme in Key Stage 4 aims to enhance skill performance in a variety of activities.

In Year 10, students follow a set programme of study.  Activities covered include: football, netball, basketball, rugby, fitness, badminton, table tennis, cricket, rounders, athletics, volleyball, handball, american football, korfball and trampolining.

In Year 11, students are asked to select activities in which they would like to develop their knowledge and skills to a more advanced level.

GCSE Physical Education

Exam Board – OCR J587

The Course

GCSE PE provides an exciting opportunity to begin to gain an understanding of PE and allow them to immerse themselves in the world of sports and PE.

Studying GCSE (9-1) Physical Education will open students' eyes to the amazing world of sports performance. They will have the chance to perform in three different sports through the non-exam assessment component. The combination of the physical and academic side of PE provides an exciting opportunity for your students. They can perform, and then through the academic study learn how to improve their performance through application of the theory.

Your child will learn the reasons why we do things, why some people outperform others – mentally and physically. They will also develop their theoretical knowledge of areas of the body and how things function to enable us to perform in sport, ethical considerations behind the use of drugs and also gain an understanding of the consequences of inactivity and poor diet.

Through an introduction to all areas of PE, your students will receive a well-rounded and full introduction to this fascinating world of PE, physical activity and sport. This GCSE study provides everything needed to move on to further education, higher education, employment or further training.  (http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/231458-gcse-9-1-physical-education-summary-brochure.pdf)



The Theory Examination (60% of total marks)

Includes units of work on the following:

  • Physical Factors Affecting Performance
  • Socio-cultural Issues and Sports Psychology


Practical Examination- Performance in Physical Education (40% of total marks)

Analysing and Evaluating Performance - AEP (10% of 40%)

Students will learn how to:

  • Analyse aspects of personal performance in a practical activity
  • Evaluate strengths and weaknesses of the performance
  • Produce an action plan which aims to improve the quality and effectiveness of the performance.


This will be submitted as a written document and contribute to 10% of their final GCSE grade.

Practical (30% of the 40%)

Students will be assessed in the role of performer only in GCSE (9–1) Physical Education.

They must be assessed in three activities:

• one from the ‘individual’ list

• one from the ‘team’ list

• one other from either list.

Because of the requirements of the criteria, students are heavily advised to participate in at least one of these sports outside of school and be competing in the others at school level. Students are expected to attend extra-curricular clubs to assist with their performance.

Where it leads

This is ideal for students who wish to move onto higher education related to PE and sport, and have an interest in pursuing careers in sport and exercise science, sport and leisure studies, Professional Studies (such as teaching and coaching) and Physiotherapy.