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What is the course about?


The GCSE in Physical Education (P.E.) offers you the opportunity to be involved in a number of different physical activities, promoting an active and healthy lifestyle.

You could find yourself performing in one or all of the following roles - player/participant, leader or official!

This could be the course for you if you have an interest in P.E. and sport, enjoy being active and appreciate the benefits of keeping fit and healthy.


Subject content:


By studying the GCSE in P.E. you will learn to:

  • Develop your knowledge and practical skills in a range of physical activities
  • Examine the effects of exercise and how training can improve performance
  • Find ways to improve your performances in a variety of roles
  • Develop a healthy and active lifestyle through participation in physical activity
  • Appreciate the benefits of promoting 'sport for all'

Studying GCSE P.E. may lead to:


GCSE P.E. develops the transferable and key skills that employers are looking for and can lead to a wide variety of employment opportunities such as training in areas such as recreational management, leisure activities, coaching, the fitness industry, the armed forces and the Civil Service.

Take a look at these job roles, which the GCSE in P.E. could be relevant to:

  • Sports Coach Teacher
  • Physiotherapist
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Police Force/Fire Service
  • Sports Development Officer
  • Leisure Centre Attendant
  • Leisure Centre Manager
  • Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer/Aerobics Instructor
  • Lifeguard
  • Health Nutritionist

How will I be assessed?


In Edexcel PE your final grade is calculated the following way:

60% Practical

In the practical section you will be assessed in four different sports and must include at least one team sport and one individual sport. You will be marked out of 10 for each sport and sports you could participate in include:

  • Archery
  • Rock climbing
  • Fitness
  • Badminton
  • Football
  • Cricket
  • Handball
  • Swimming
  • Rugby
  • Rounders
  • Dodgeball
  • Trampolining

40% Exam (Usually 1 hour long)

The exam is in the Summer Term of year 11 and is out of 80 marks. The exam has a variety of multiple choice and longer answers. There are two parts in the exam; anatomy and physiology and healthy and active lifestyles.


Exam Board - Edexcel

What skills are required?


  • Commitment
  • An interest in sport
  • Organisation
  • Time management
  • Assignment writing
  • Leadership
  • Confidence
  • Communication
  • People skills

To achieve a grade A* to C in GCSE P.E., you will need to:

  • Have achieved PE awards or have taken part in inter-house competitions
  • Take part in activities in clubs out of school, in activities such as swimming or martial arts
  • Understand physical concepts of sport and exercise, such as the response of the respiratory and circulatory systems to sustained exercise

Additional Information


The course will provide opportunities for visits to a number of external visits to sporting organisations.

For the past 5 years students have visited Plas Gwynant for a one week residential where they were able to experience outdoor activities and see what it would be like to work in the Outdoor sector.

Learners will also have an opportunity to lead practical activities. To run alongside the course there will be opportunities for students to gain extra qualifications. These may include:

  • First Aid
  • Sports Leadership
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • National Governing Body coaching/refereeing awards
  • Junior Football Leaders Award