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PE GCSE Specification

Qualification: GCSE (9-1)

QAN Code: 601/8161/8

Level: 1 & 2

Exam Board: Edexcel

What you learn about:

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

Practical GCSE PE (30%)

Students are given the opportunity to improve their personal levels of fitness and develop their technical ability in a variety of sports and activities (one team, one individual and one free choice).

Theoretical GCSE PE (60%)

The theoretical part of the course is divided into several areas. These areas include Anatomy, Training, Movement Analysis, Psychology and Socio-Cultural influences.

Coursework (10%)

Students will design their own PEP (Personal Exercise Plan).


The practical part of the course is assessed on three selected activities. These final three areas are assessed during internal controlled assessment and, along with an analysis of performance, make up 30% of the GCSE PE course.

The theoretical part is assessed through two external written examinations and is worth a total of 60%.

Other Information:

Activities and sports

Students will experience a mixture of activities and sports before specialising in four of their choice. Activities include: Golf, Football, Rugby, Tennis, Badminton, Fitness, Athletics, Cricket, Table tennis, Hockey, Swimming, Rock climbing and Boxing.

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.