GCSE Physical Education

Exam Board – EDEXCEL 2PE01

The Course

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, table tennis, cricket, rounders, athletics, volleyball, handball and trampolining. As well as this, the students have an option to complete the level 1 in Sports Leadership during their core lessons, between October and February.

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.


The Theory Examination (40% of total marks)

Includes units of work on the following:

  • Healthy Active Lifestyles (Exercise, Fitness & Training)
  • Your Healthy, Active Body (Applied Anatomy & Physiology)

Practical Examination- Performance in Physical Education (60% of total marks)

Analysis of Performance (12% of 60%)

Students will learn how to develop the skills of analysis and evaluation to enable them to apply informed knowledge to support their decision making. Students will have to complete an oral assessment whilst watching other candidates perform.

Personal Exercise Programme

Students will also be required to design and complete a 6 week Personal Exercise Programme which is designed to link theory aspects of exercise and training to the practical coursework and examination. This will form part of the Analysis of Performance assessment.

Practical (48% of the 60%)

Assessment will be in 4 activities which must be selected from 2 of the 6 areas of activity. Physical competence is a very important requirement for the course due to the high weighting for this unit.

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