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Curriculum Leader of PE - Miss Cammidge

Why Study GCSE PE?

The content of the course has been designed to allow you to study Physical Education in an

academic setting, allowing you to critically analyse and evaluate physical performance and

apply your experience of practical activities in developing your knowledge and understanding

of Physical Education. The course allows you to explore a range of activities in the role of

performer, including both team and individual activities.  The course can also start you

on a career path in Physical Education and Sport through A’ Level and Degree Level Sports Subjects.

What will I study?

The content of the course is divided into three components. Each component is further sub divided into topic areas and the detailed content associated with those topics.

Component 01: Physical Factors Affecting Performance:

Applied Anatomy and Physiology: (skeletal system, muscular system, cardiovascular and respiratory systems, movement analysis and the effects of exercise on body systems)

Physical Training: (components of fitness, methods of training, preventing injuries)


Component 02: Socio-Cultural Issues and Sports Psychology:

2.1 Socio-Cultural Influences: (Drugs in Sport, Ethics in Sport, Violence in Sport, Media and Sponsorship in Sport)

2.2 Sports Psychology: (Classification of skill, Goal Setting, Mental Preparation, Types of Feedback,)

2.3 Health, Fitness and Well-Being: (Diet and Nutrition, physical/emotional and social reasons


Component 03: Performance in Physical Education:

3.1 Practical Performance of three activities taken from the two approved lists:

One from the ‘Individual’ List: (Badminton, Tennis, Climbing, Dance, Gymnastics, Athletics, Swimming, Kayaking)

One from the ‘team’ List: (Football, Netball, Handball, Rugby, Basketball)


What happens in lessons?

One of your lessons will be practical which will cover a range of sports; your other lesson will be classroom based – preparing you for the exam you will sit at the end of Year 11.


How will I be assessed?

60% of the course is assessed via two one hour written exams at the end of Year 11.

30% of the course is assessed practically via three different sports (team sport, individual sport, and either a sport or individual sport). This is tailored to your interests, and includes sports such as climbing and kayaking.

10% of the course is assessed via a piece of coursework. You will analyse a Sports Performance of your choice and create an action plan which aims to improve this performance.


What skills will I need?

Component ability across 3 sports – you must have a team sport, individual sport and a sport of your choice. The ability to also apply theory knowledge to exam questions.