GCSE Physical Education
If you love playing sports, have bundles of energy and enjoying learning about movement, then studying PE at GCSE, A-Level and beyond could be a good career move for you. Physical education isn't just about sports though. You'll learn a lot about health, well-being and the human body.

GCSE Physical Education provides students with the knowledge and understanding of how to live a healthy and active lifestyle, enabling them to make informed choices about their own physical development. Students can choose from a variety of roles and activities in which to participate in physical activity.

Students will learn how to analyse and evaluate performance and suggest effective plans for improvement.

Why Choose This Subject At GCSE?

GCSE Physical Education is the study of physical movement, safety and health and well-being. There are a wide range of activities associated with PE including sports such as boxing, camogie, boccia as well as the more mainstream sports that you will be familiar with here at Ermysted’s, such as rugby, cricket and football. GCSE PE helps develop and maintain confidence, well-being and social skills that can be more difficult to achieve through other subjects.

Summary of the Course

GCSE PE includes the compulsory study of: Applied Anatomy and Physiology, the Cardio-respiratory System, Biomechanics, Movement Analysis, Physical Training, Sports Psychology, Socio-cultural Studies, Commercialism, Ethical Issues in Sport, Health and Fitness and the Use of Data. Alongside this are the skills of PE which are assessed practically on performance.

Physical Education GCSE
Physical Education GCSE

How is This Subject Assessed?

Paper 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport

What’s assessed

  • Applied anatomy and physiology, movement analysis, physical
  • Training and use of data

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 30% of GCSE

Questions

  • A mixture of multiple choice/objective test questions, short answer
  • questions and extended answer questions.
Paper 2 – cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport

What’s assessed

  • Sports psychology, socio-cultural influences, health, fitness and well-being and the use of data

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 30% of GCSE

Questions

  • A mixture of multiple choice/objective test questions, short answer questions and extended answer questions.
Non-Assessed Examination (NEA) or Practical Component: Practical performance in physical activity and sport

What’s assessed

  • Practical performance in three different physical activities in the role of player/performer (one in a team activity, one in an individual activity and a third in either a team or in an individual activity).
  • Analysis and evaluation of performance to bring about improvement in one activity.

How it’s assessed

  • Assessed by teachers, moderated by AQA
  • 100 marks
  • 40% of GCSE
2017 Specification

AQA Physical Education (8582)