Contact: Mr B Woods– Head of PE
Course Structure & Overview
Exam Board: AQA
Component 1: Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes 36% of the qualification
Component 2: Written examination: 1 hour and 15 minutes 24% of the qualification
Component 3: Non-examined assessment: internally marked and externally moderated 30% of the qualification
Component 4: Non-examined assessment: internally marked and externally moderated 10% of the qualification
If like many people you enjoy sport, physical activity and keeping fit and if you have an interest in how the body works and develops in terms of fitness and how we can make the most of our skills and abilities then GCSE Physical Education is a course for you. The qualification blend together opportunities for students to develop their physical skills and levels of physical fitness with the development of the knowledge and understanding of scientific theory in areas such as biology, physiology, psychology and sociology.
The GCSE is made up of 4 components:
Component 1: Fitness and Body Systems - Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes 36% of the qualification
Topic 1: Applied anatomy and physiology
Topic 2: Movement analysis
Topic 3: Physical training
Topic 4: Use of data
Component 2: Health and Performance - Written examination: 1 hour and 15 minutes 24% of the qualification
Topic 1: Health, fitness and well-being
Topic 2: Sport psychology
Topic 3: Socio-cultural influences
Topic 4: Use of data
Component 3: Practical Performance
Non-examined assessment: internally marked and externally moderated 30% of the qualification
105 marks, (35 marks per activity) One team activity, one individual activity and a free choice from the list published by the DfE Skills in isolation Skills in a competitive/ formal situation.
Component 4: Personal Exercise Programme (PEP)
Non-examined assessment: internally marked and externally moderated 10% of the qualification
20 marks Aim and planning analysis Carrying out and monitoring the PEP Evaluation of the PEP.
GCSE Physical Education builds on the understanding developed at Key Stage 3, supporting a smooth transition to the next level of study. It encourages learners to become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and physical activities. It also helps students develop important transferable skills for progression to the next level, including numeracy, communication and an understanding of practical performances.
Many of the students who enjoyed studying GCSE Physical Education have gone on to study A Level Physical Education or BTEC Diplomas in Sports and Exercise Science. The course also a good lead into personal fitness instruction qualifications.
Future careers include sports coaching, physiotherapy, scientific research, fitness instruction, nutritionist and dietician and teaching.