Physical Education

Exam Board: AQA

This course covers many aspects of Physical Education and Sport, which include:

Students will develop knowledge and understanding of:

Alongside the knowledge-based learning a variety of wider skills are developed, such as:


The theory content of the GCSE is worth 60 % of the final grade and it is split up into 2 sections:

  1. Physiology, movement analysis and training methods.
  2. Health and well-being, psychology and socio cultural aspects.

There will be two exams to assess the 2 theoretical areas.

The practical and coursework content of the GCSE is worth 40% of the final grade.

In their practical performance (30 %) students will be assessed in 3 activities, 1 team, 1individual and 1 choice. For each of their three activities, students will be assessed in skills in progressive drills (10 marks per activity) and in the full context (15 marks per activity).

The coursework (10 %) involves analysis of and evaluation of a practical performance.


Playing competitive sport at least club level in one sport is preferable.

Where can it lead?

A GCSE in Physical Education will develop a range of transferable skills including: decision making, psychological understanding of people, independent thinking, problem solving and analytical skills as well as thinking, acting and reacting under pressure. PE is a great subject to study if you want a career in a sports related field. This could be anything from a sports coach to a physiotherapist to a personal trainer. Science subjects fit well with PE, particularly if you are interested in studying sports science or psychology in the future. Other possible careers include: