Examination Board;  OCR

Studying GCSE (9–1) Physical Education will open your eyes to the amazing world of sports performance. Not only will you have the chance to perform in three different sports through the non-exam assessment component, you will also develop wide ranging knowledge into the how and why of Physical activity and sport.


The combination of the physical performance and academic challenge provides an exciting opportunity for students. You can perform, and then through the academic study learn how to improve your performance though application of the theory.


Physical Education is learned about through a range of different contexts and the impact it has on both ours and other’s everyday lives. You will learn the reasons why we do things, why some people out perform others, mentally and physically. You will also delve into the ethical considerations behind the use of drugs and also gain an understanding of the consequences of inactivity and poor diet.


You will have 3 lessons a week in addition to your core PE, all of which will be classroom based.

Specific requirements

  • Playing at least one approved sport regularly outside of school
  • Attend after school practical training sessions to ensure that you have 3 practical sport assessments

What will I study?

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Physical training
  • Socio-Cultural influences
  • Sports Psychology
  • Health, fitness and well-being
  • Practical performance
  • Analysing and evaluating performance

Where does it lead?

This is an interesting and challenging learning experience. In it we introduce key sporting ideas and show how these interact with practical performance, you will gain insights into the relationships they have with each other throughout the course.

The development of transferable skills including: decision making, psychological understanding of people, independent thinking, problem solving and analytical skills as well as thinking, acting and reacting under pressure.

The study of GCSE (9–1) Physical Education opens up a range of possibilities for further study and also into careers associated with the subject.