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GCSE Physical Education

The GCSE PE course has both a practical and theoretical element to it. 

Practical GCSE PE (60%)

Students are given the opportunity to improve their personal levels of fitness and develop their technical ability in a variety of sports and activities.

Qualification: GCSE

QAN Code: 500/4676/7

Level: 1 & 2

Exam Board: Edexcel

Theoretical GCSE PE (40%)

The theoretical part of the course is divided into two main areas. The first area focuses on fitness as part of a healthy active lifestyle. The second area examines sport physiology which includes learning about the body system is and how they impact on performance.  

Extended Essay Tasks for Years 10 & 11


The practical part of the course is assessed on four selected activities. These final four areas are assessed during internal controlled assessment and along with an analysis of performance make if 60% of the GCSE PE course.

The theoretical part is assessed through an external written examination and is worth a total of 40%. 

Other information:

Activities and sports 

Students will experience a mixture of activities and sports before specialising in four of their choice. Activities include; Mountain Biking, golf, football, rugby, tennis, badminton, fitness, athletics, cricket, table tennis, hockey, swimming.


A variety of resources are used during the course to maximise student attainment and enjoyment.

Fitness Suite, astro-turf, sports fields, 2 sports halls, Thorndale Tennis Centre, Leasowe Swimming Pool, Moreton Driving Range, Bidston Golf Club, Underground Fitness Centre, Soccer Dome.  


Students are able to continue their study of Physical Education into the Sixth Form where they have a choice of two Level 3 courses - BTEC Sport or A Level Physical Education.