Type and Level of Qualification: GCSE

Exam Board and syllabus: Edexcel

What is GCSE PE?

GCSE PE is designed to develop an understanding of how and why people get involved in sport, why it is important to lead an active lifestyle, and how to apply and demonstrate the relationship between the factors affecting participation and performance. It also involves the use of effective skills, tactics, leadership and officiating in a variety of sporting activities

Course Content

Three lessons per fortnight (two theory lessons and one practical lesson). Many people underestimate the level of theory work involved; however, it is great to put it into practice in the practical lessons.

Students will study two theoretical units; Healthy Active Lifestyles and Your Healthy Active Body. Both units focus upon Human Biology content and students will be tested at the end of each topic with two progress tests.

Practical lessons will focus upon skill development and tactical knowledge. Lessons will be taught in both mixed and single gender groups based upon activity, with students being graded on a 1-10 scale based upon the ability of the individual

Who does PE suit?

GCSE PE is ideal for those who currently enjoy success in their Core PE lessons and science. People who are interested in finding out how the workings of the human body relate to sporting performance will be very interested in what we learn.

Methods of assessment

(40%) Written exam based on:

HEALTHY ACTIVE LIFESTYLES (this includes benefits, influences, exercise and fitness)
YOUR HEALTHY ACTIVE BODY (this includes skeletal, muscular, respiratory and cardiovascular systems)
(48%) Final practical assessment in the April of year 11 of four activities from at least two different activity groups (this includes, Outwitting opponents, performing at maximum levels, accurate replication of movement, exploring and communicating emotion, identifying and solving problems and exercising safely to improve health and wellbeing.

(12%) Analysis of Performance coursework

The controlled assessment project is 40-45 hours of work and contributes to 60% of the final GCSE grade.  Students are given a choice of one of three projects and they produce a folder of 25 A3 sheets and a made graphic product which assesses their research, designing and making capabilities.

Key dates of assessments


Additional textbooks and Supporting materials

  • Physical Education, Unit 1 Theory of PE (5PE01 & 5PE03), Revision Guide, Pearson
  • Physical Education, Unit 1 Theory of PE (5PE01 & 5PE03), Revision Workbook, Pearson

How parents can help

  • Ensure students are participating regularly in sport both in school (fixtures and clubs) and at external community clubs.

How is PE a useful subject for your future?

If you enjoyed your Physical Education GCSE, you might want to continue with the subject onto the AS and A level Physical Education course. Alternatively, you may wish to consider a more vocationally related course such as Leisure and Recreation. Employment opportunities where your skills will be particularly valued include the sport and leisure industry, travel and tourism and teaching. Or you may wish to follow this course for its own sake because you are interested in fitness and health and enjoy physical activities

Main contact at school : Mr A Cook, Subject Leader PE acook@hadleighhigh.net

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