Physical Education (PE)

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4

Physical Education is one of the key areas of our lives in the 21st century. Healthy living is at the heart of the ethos of the school and pupils are encouraged through sport and fitness to reflect on how they can live their lives to their full potential. There is an inextricable link between body and mind and we are committed to raising achievement across the school through giving pupils the opportunities to work within teams and to hone their leadership skills.

An increasingly important aspect of the PE department is team sport and giving opportunities to boys and girls to represent their school in their chosen sport. We have a number of very successful teams in school including netball, hockey, football, rugby and cheerleading to name but a few.

The GCSE Physical Education course will appeal to students who:

  • have a keen interest in sport and recreation and always look forward to PE lessons
  • take part in sport/recreation outside of class time
  • want to follow a course that develops knowledge and understanding through theory lessons and practical involvement 3 to 4 times a week
  • want to know more about the benefits of sport and exercise
  • want to improve their own performance in a range of sports roles
  • want to study a course that is active and that they will enjoy
  • are considering a sports-related career or an A level/higher education course

Students will:

  • develop their knowledge and practical skills in a range of physical activities
  • examine the effects of exercise and how training can improve performance in theory and practical lessons
  • find ways to improve their own performances in a variety of roles
  • identify ways to develop and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle through participation in physical activity

How will students be assessed?

The GCSE course is assessed over two units.

Unit 1 – 40%

Externally assessed through a written examination paper of 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Unit 2 – 60%

Assessed in two sections:

  • Section 1 – four practical performances in the role of player/participant, leader or official
  • Section 2 – analysis of performance in one of their chosen activities where they will be assessed through either a speaking examination or a presentation and will also require a written 6-week personal exercise programme coursework task.

What do students need to know, or be able to do, before taking this course?

The course builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills established in Key Stage 3 Physical Education. Students will have had an excellent record of having correct kit throughout Key Stage 3 and excellent attitude towards participation in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. The GCSE course will give them exciting opportunities to be involved in a number of different physical activities, promoting an active and healthy lifestyle.  Students can perform in one or all of the following roles: player/participant, leader or official. They should have an interest in PE and sport, enjoy being active and appreciate the benefits of keeping fit and healthy.


Students opting for PE will be able to make a valuable contribution to the extracurricular programme in a number of ways. For example, they could coach/manage junior teams and organise/manage inter-house competitions. Also, all GCSE PE students have an opportunity to gain the Junior Sports Leader Award as well as other national coaching/officiating awards.


If students choose an official’s role, they could be given the opportunity to officiate at a number of events such as Sports Day, inter-house competitions, Primary  School festivals and fixtures against other schools.

What can students do after completing the course?

A GCSE in Physical Education will give students the opportunity to continue their studies at A-Level Sport and PE, or to study courses in leisure, tourism, personal training, sports injuries, sports journalism, etc. They could also choose to go straight to work within the fitness industry or simply use the course to give them fitness skills for the rest of their lives. As well as being the ideal preparation for the ‘A’ Level Physical Education course, GCSE PE allows for progression to related vocational qualifications, such as BTEC Firsts and Nationals in Sport or Sport and Exercise Sciences. The course develops the transferable skills and key skills that employers are looking for and can lead to a wide variety of employment opportunities.  This can include further training in such areas as recreational management, coaching, officiating, the Armed Forces and the Civil Service.

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