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‘Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.’ (Nelson Mandela).


A GCSE in Physical Education will equip students with the knowledge, understanding, skills and values they need to be able to develop and maintain their performance in physical activities. Students will also gain understanding of how physical activities benefit health, fitness and well-being.

UNIT: 1                                               UNIT: 2  


Physical Factors Affecting              Socio-cultural Issues And Sports 

Performance                                    Psychology


                                            UNIT: 3                                                 
                    Performance in Physical Education (NEA)    
  • Unit 1: 1 hour written examination (30%)
  • Unit 2: 1 hour written examination (30%)
  • Unit 3: Practical assessment of 3 physical activities (40%)

In this unit students will learn Applied Anatomy and Physiology and Physical Training. 

UNIT: 2 In this unit students will learn about socio-cultural influence, sport psychology, health, fitness and well-being. 
UNIT: 3 In this unit students must complete 3 physical activities from a set list. They will be marked on skills during individual and team tasks as well as general performance skills. Students will also be required to complete an analysis and evaluation of performance non-examined assessment.

If you have a passion for sport, are hardworking and enjoy learning about how the body works then studying PE at GCSE and beyond could be the subject for you. A large amount of course content also crosses over with Biology and helps you understand the body from a different perspective.


At GCSE, PE involves analysing your own and others' performance while looking for ways it could be improved. This is a particularly useful skill to have in any career you choose as you will often have to critique your own work and identify areas for improvement. As a PE student, you will also benefit from being physically fit and active. Doing regular exercise is proven to relieve stress and promote good mental health.



Physical education lends itself to a range of careers. Did you know that many nutritionists, physical therapists and chiropractors have a degree in PE? Other careers include: sports science, PE teacher, physiotherapist, sports coach/consultant, sports policy at local and national level, diet and fitness instructor, personal trainer.

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