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 and Well-being:

Physical, emotional and social health, fitness and well-being

The consequences of a sedentary lifestyle

Energy use, diet, nutrition and hydration

3 and 4

Applied anatomy and physiology:

The structure and functions of the musculoskeletal system

The structure and function of the cardio-respiratory system

Anaerobic and aerobic exercise

The short and long term effects of exercise


Movement Analysis:

Level systems, examples of their use in activity and the mechanical advantage they provide in movement

Planes and axes of movement


Revision and Exam Techniques


Year 10  
Module Theory

1 & 2

Physical Training:

The relationship between health and fitness and the role that exercise plays in both

The components of fitness, benefits for sport and how fitness is measure and improved

The principles of training and their application to personal exercise/training programmes


How to optimise training and prevent injury

Effective use of warm up and cool down


Sport Psycology:

Classification of skills

The use of goal setting and SMART targets to improve and/or optimise performance


Basic Information Processing

Guidance and feedback on performance

Mental preparation for performance

6 Revision and Exam Techniques
Year 11  
Module Theory

Socio-Cultural Influences:

Engagement patterns of different social groups in physical activity and sport

Commercialisation of physical activity and sport

Ethical and socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport


Use of Data:

Demonstrate an understanding of how data is collected - both qualitative and quantitative

Present data (including tables and graphs)

Analyse and evluate data

3-6 Practical Coursework for Non-Examined Assessment (Practical)


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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