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Physical Education

Key Stage 4

What makes Usain Bolt the fastest man on the planet? How does what you eat for breakfast influence your sporting performance? Why might playing on my x-box all day be bad for my health?

These are the sorts of issues that are tackled on the GCSE PE course, which has been updated to reflect the ever-evolving world of sport.

High expectations are set of pupils as we aim for you to become familiar with many of the complex terminology and issues related with PE and sporting activity.

Throughout the three year AQA course students will receive 2 x 60 minute lessons per week, one of which will be classroom based while the other involves practical performance. Assessment in GCSE PE is comprised of 30% non-exam assessment (NEA) and 70% theory.


This unit is externally assessed through two written examinations, each lasting 75 minutes. Topics assessed include Anatomy and Physiology, Movement Analysis, Sport Psychology, and Physical Training.


Pupils undertake a range of practical activities, offering three for assessment in the role of either performer or coach. In doing so it is an expectation that pupils taking this course will be participating on a regular basis in competitive sporting activity., either inside or outside of school. One piece of written coursework will involve an analysis of students’ own performance in one practical activity, as well as the identification of the weaknesses in their performance and the planning of appropriate strategies to improve upon these areas.

Taking GCSE Physical Education will be your initial building block to an ever increasing range of degree and sporting career possibilities and is designed to encourage pupils to progress onto the AS and A2 level courses.

“Lessons were always engaging and helpful. All topics were covered thoroughly.” (2017 GCSE PE student)

“The teacher was always available to support us and focused on how to answer questions in detail to reach our target grade.” (2017 GCSE PE student)