Physical Education

Subject Physical Education
Introduction Love sport? Achieving a high grade in Science? The GCSE PE may well be for you! Your Year 7 & 8 PE Theory lessons will have given you a taste of what GCSE PE is all about: the Physical, Mental and Social factors that impact lifestyle, performers and the wider sporting environment. This course is made up of both theoretical and practical elements, and it is far more than just kicking, throwing and jumping!
Why study GCSE PE?
  • Further Education (Teacher, Coach, Lecturer, Research)
  • Sports Industry (Sports Journalism, Marketing, Governing bodies)
  • Health services (Physiotherapy, Nutritionist, Dietician)
  • Leisure industry (Personal trainer, Fitness instructor)
  • To build a knowledge and understanding of the body that promotes lifelong engagement in physical activity and a healthy lifestyle.
Exam Board and Specification Edexcel Physical Education - linear specification
Key areas of content    

Healthy, Active lifestyles

Topic 1.1: Healthy, active lifestyles and how they could benefit you

Topic 1.2: Influences on your healthy, active lifestyle

Topic 1.3: Exercise and fitness as part of your healthy, active lifestyle

Topic 1.4: Physical activity as part of your healthy, active lifestyle

Topic 1.5: Your personal health and well-being

Healthy, Active performer

Topic 2.1: Physical activity and your healthy mind and body

Topic 2.2: A healthy, active lifestyle and your cardiovascular system

Topic 2.3: A healthy, active lifestyle and your respiratory system

Topic 2.4: A healthy, active lifestyle and your muscular system

Topic 2.5: A healthy, active lifestyle and your skeletal system

Analysis and Practical (coursework and practical gradings)


Assessment arrangements Specification for Sept 2017 delivery:  
  • Pupils receive a 40% summative grade from end of course exam
  • Pupils receive 48% from practical contexts (4 sports)
  • Pupils receive 12% from an assessed coursework task
Textbooks, websites and other relevant material


Any other information This is a highly scientific course that will require a sound understanding of scientific concepts. Before selecting as a preference, it is wise to decide whether your science grade will give you a sound platform to be successful in the exam, as well as the coursework piece.