Physical Education

Physical Education

The GCSE Physical Education course requires students to have a genuine interest in physical education and sport. They must have a good sporting ability in a range of activities. It is best suited to students in the top PE sets in Year 9 who have achieved at least a working at grade 3 in PE at the end of Key Stage 3.  We expect each candidate to be an integral part of a school sports team and to participate in two or three different physical activities/sports outside of school hours. The PE Department will specify the most appropriate sports course for individual students.


Studying AQA GCSE (9-1) Physical Education will open your eyes to the amazing world of sports performance. Not only will you have the chance to perform in three different sports through the non-exam assessment component, but you will also develop a wide-ranging knowledge into the how and why of physical activity and sport.

The combination of the physical performance and academic challenge provides an exciting opportunity for students. You can perform, and then through academic study learn how to improve your performance through the application of theory.

How will you be assessed?

  • Non-Exam Assessment (NEA). Three practical performances (30%)
  • One analysis and evaluation task (10%)
  • A total of two and a half hours assessment split over two examination papers (2x 1 Hour 15 minutes) Taken at the end of the two-year course (60%)

Practical (30%)

  • Performance practical in three sports (1x Team, 1x Individual and 1x Free choice), equally weighted at 25 marks each. A list of the approved practical activities can be found on the AQA Website
  • To improve practical grades students should aim to be regularly taking part in training, practising and playing competitively both within school and for local clubs
  • Students should attend and meet members of the school sports teams to improve their practical grades

Analysis and Evaluation Assessments (10%)

  1. Analysing and evaluating performance – Research/analysis of your own or others performance in sport, identifying the strengths and weaknesses and implementing an action plan to improve the weakness - October/November Year 11

Exam Papers - Two exams in Year 11 (60%)

1 hour 15 minutes long and comprise of both theory units:

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