Physical Education KS4


Year 10 

Practical Controlled Assessments
  • Students study and are assessed for their practical grades in rounders, trampolining, life saving, personal survival, table tennis, netball, football and athletics
  • Students may be assessed as a performer, an official, an organiser or as a coach in these areas
Theory Lessons
  • These are practically based where appropriate and students cover units in:
    • The Participant as an Individual which includes age, gender, disability, the environment and the effects on performance
    • Leisure and recreation, cultural and social effects on these for the individual
    • Diet, Health and Fitness for an active lifestyle
    • The physical and mental demands of performance on an individual

Year 11

Practical Controlled Assessments
  • Circuit training. Badminton as an organiser. Revisit swimming assessments and other practical areas requiring improvement
Theory Lessons 
  • These are practically based where appropriate and students study:
    • Social and International Influences on sport
    • Training and all its components
    • School and Physical Education
    • Section C Coursework

What is GCSE Physical Education all about?

Factors affecting performance (including some Human Biology) Health, Safety and Training Methods, also current issues on sport in society eg. sponsorship, the media in sport and the Olympic Games. You have to study all the activities listed below and we submit your best four scores from assessments. For exceptional practical performances we will select your best 8 scores for a double award.

  • Games: hockey, football, netball, rounders, badminton, table tennis
  • Trampolining
  • Athletics, Aerobics
  • Swimming (Lifesaving and Personal Survival)
  • We also take assessments from external coaches if appropriate, e.g. golf, Horse riding, martial arts

The areas you are assessed on are skills and playing, your evaluation skills, coaching and organization of others into sports competitions.

Who might enjoy this course?

Students who feel successful in several areas of PE, but with a commitment to the theory elements.

What about exams?

There is one paper which covers the health and fitness, sport and society and training methods sections of the course.

What are the entry levels?

There is just one level. However there is opportunity for those who are exceptional performers in 8 activities to extend this GCSE to a double award. Please note there is a second exam paper for the double entry.

What about coursework?

Yes this makes up 60% of the final mark and is based on theory and practical activities throughout the two years. There is a set piece of fitness work which is tested on the final exam paper.

Are there any other tests apart from the final exams?

Regular practical assessments over the two years.

What other skills might I develop?

Roles as a leader / coach / official in sport.

What could I do next with GCSE Physical Education?

At present Community Leader Sports Award, ASIA2 and BTEC PE in the Sixth Form.