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Subject Information
Head of Sport and Personal DevelopmentMiss C Plummer
Exam BoardEDEXCEL GCSE Physical Education
Curriculum Content

Welcome to PE

GCSE Physical Education (PE)

Exam Board: OCR


About the Course

The course consists of two sections:

Practical Performance:  This is worth 40% of the marks.  All candidates must be assessed in THREE activities that are included in the list below.  The three activities must include at least one individual activity and at least one team sport. Each activity is worth 10% of the practical marks with the final 10% being a written piece of Coursework.



Diving Rowing
Association Football Futsal


Hurling Snowboarding
Athletics Figure skating Kayaking Squash
Badminton Gaelic


Lacrosse Swimming
Basketball Golf Netball Tennis
Camogie Acrobatic Gymnastics Rock climbing Table Tennis
Canoeing Gymnastics Rugby Union Trampolining
Cricket Handball Rugby League Waterpolo


Cross country running Hockey Sailing


Cycling In line roller hockey Skiing Volleyball
Dance Equestrian Sculling


Academic Written Paper:  This is worth 60% of the overall marks and is examined by TWO written examinations.  The exam will comprise of multiple choice, short answers and longer 6 mark answers.
Theory Content:

  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology.
  • Physical training.
  • Sociocultural influences.
  • Sports psychology.
  • Health, fitness and well being.

This examination has a one Tier entry for all candidates covering the whole range of GCSE grades (9—1).

It is very important for GCSE PE pupils to perform competitively during the 2 years studying the course, not only in representing the school but also for a local club. This is to ensure our pupils achieve the best practical grade possible for the sports they are assessed in. If pupils are not able to commit this time to train and play in at least one sport then it is still possible for them to study a sports course by choosing the vocational Sport studies course. This course does not assess their practical ability so will be more suited to them achieving their potential. Their PE teacher will be the best person to guide them.

Progression routes for GCSE Physical Education

  • A level courses in PE, Dance/ BTEC Sport Level 3
  • Level 2/3 courses in Sport, Instructing Exercise and Fitness, Personal Training, Public Services.
  • Careers in Professional sport, Coaching, Teaching, Physiotherapy, Armed Forces, Fitness Instructors, Sports Scientist, Sports Medicine, Sports Therapy, Sport and Leisure Industry, Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, Sports Development, Officiating, Sports Journalism.
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