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GCSE Physical Education

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Why Study Physical Education?

Physical Education seeks to give young people a positive approach towards physical activity and recognise its contribution to their personal, social, physical and emotional well-being.

Course Content & Development of Expertise

GCSE Physical Education theory is divided into two sections: fitness and body systems, which covers topics such as applied Anatomy and Physiology and movement analysis. Health and performance covers topics such as health and wellbeing. In the practical area you will learn the skills and tactics relevant to sport. There will be opportunities to participate in new activities.

You will develop a range of skills that will also be transferable i.e. the ability to work with other people (in teams), the ability to enhance decision-making skills, the ability to evaluate movement and develop physical skills in a range of sporting activities.

There are a range of school teams in the major sports of Football, Netball, Cricket, Cross-country, Athletics, Basketball and Badminton. Clubs run throughout the year and selection for school teams is based on attendance at these clubs.

Career Pathways

The skills you learn in Physical Education such as working in teams, decision-making and analytical capabilities are useful in many jobs. Physical Education is useful when considering a career in Physiotherapy, Education, Sports Development, Sports Science, Emergency Services, Research, Nutrition, Sales and Marketing.

Qualification Information

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Qualification: GCSE Physical Education

Awarding Body: Pearson Edexcel

Entry Tiers: One Tier


Assessment Structure

The course is divided into Theory and Practical activities.

  • The Theory Component is assessed by two written examinations: (60%)
  • The Practical Activities are assessed by Controlled Assessment (30%). At the end of the Course students must choose THREE
  • One must be a team activity (e.g. football/ netball)
  • One must be an individual activity (e.g. trampolining/ Athletics)
  • The final activity can be a free choice.
  • Personal Exercise programme internally marked (10%)
    • Aim and planning analysis
    • Carrying out and monitoring the PEP
    • Evaluation of the PEP

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