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GCSE Physical Education


GCSE PE is mostly practical based with some theory aspects. You should be aware that the theory section is quite challenging and that you can only achieve a GCSE in PE if you show competence in both practical and theory.

Exam Board: AQA Specification B

Theory: health, fitness and principles of training, and factors affecting performance and participation.

  • Aerobic and Anaerobic Exercise
  • Leisure and Recreation
  • Diet
  • School influences
  • Media and Sponsorship in Sport
  • International Competition – Olympics etc
  • How the body copes with sporting demands

Practical: 4 activities from at least 3 different National Curriculum areas:

  • Outwitting opponents (as in Games activities)
  • Accurate replication (as in Gymnastic activities)
  • Exploring & communicating (as in Dance activities)
  • Performing at maximum levels (as in Athletic activities & swim racing)
  • Identifying & solving problems (as in outdoor & adventurous, and life saving, personal survival in swimming)
  • Exercising safely & effectively (as in Fitness & health  activities)

The practical components listed above are not all necessarily covered in lessons but students can use practical activities that they excel in outside school if they are on the practical syllabus.  Speak to Mr Rose for further details.

Assessment :

i)             Practical – four practical assessments, each with two key processes (marked out of 20) and one assessment in evaluating & improving (marked out of 10) to give 60% of the final mark:

  • From at least two different groups above
  • At least two assessments must be as a player / performer

ii)            Written paper – 40% of final mark

Year 10 students will benefit from being taught alongside Year 11 students in a mixed year group class.