GCSE PE (Physical Education)

This is a full course GCSE qualification that covers three areas of study.

  • Theoretical Knowledge

  • Practical Skills

  • Analysis of Performance

Students need to be able to show advanced skills in a selection of practical activities and demonstrate their abilities in Game/match play and performance situations.

GCSE Physical Education will be delivered over 3 years.  This will give the opportunity for students to fully explore and understand, practically and theoretically, the major influencing factors which affect sports participation and performance.  It also allows the required element of time to build their practical skills to GCSE standards across a range of activities.

Papers 1 and 2 are written papers.  The theory content of the course is mainly taught during one or two lessons each week.  This will be delivered both practically and theoretically.  This will allow the content to be applied to physical activity and healthy lifestyle scenarios and for the work to be delivered in contrasting teaching styles so students gain maximum understanding.

The final assessment is practical.  Students will cover a selection of sports delivered in half term units.  They will need to offer 3 sports for assessment at the end of the course.  The practical activities are generally taught during one or two lessons each week.

In addition, students will develop their ability to analyse skilled performance and active, healthy lifestyles.  This is delivered alongside both the theory and practical elements of the course.

Module Year 9
1 and 2

Health and Fitness

Paper 2


3 and 4

Anatomy and Physiology

Paper 1


5 and 6

Anatomy and Physiology

Paper 1



Year 10    
Module Theory Practical
1 Physical training (components of fitness and fitness testing) Handball

Physical training (principles of training)

Analysis of data and training programmes

Personal training programmes
3 Physical training (Intensity, warm-ups/cool downs and injury prevention) Personal training programmes
4 Sport Psychology (Arousal, Inverted U theory, Goal setting) Rock Climbing
5 Sport Psychology (Information processing and types of feedback) Athletics and Team sports
6 GCSE PE Exam Techniques and revision Athletics and Team sports


Candidates are continually assessed throughout the course, with final assessments and moderation being carried out at the end of Year 11.


Paper 1 – The Human Body and Move in Physical Activity and Sport

Weighting 30%

Paper 2 Socio-Cultural Influences and Well-being in Physical Activity

Weighting 30%

Practical Assessment

Weighting 40%


Kings Reach
Slough Berkshire
Tel: 01753 537594
Fax: 01753 526485 office@dittonparkacademy.co.uk
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