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Physical Education



If you are passionate about sport and enjoy living a healthy lifestyle then GCSE PE is for you. You will improve your all-round sporting ability as well as try new sports; you never know, you may have a hidden talent!

You will acquire knowledge about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle which will ensure you stay fit and healthy long after your school days.

Course Outline

The content of OCR’s GCSE (9-1) in Physical Education is divided into three components. Each component is further sub divided into topic areas.

Content Overview

Assessment Overview

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Physical training

Physical factors affecting performance

60 marks

1 hour

Written paper


of total GCSE

  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Sports psychology
  • Health, fitness and well-being

Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology

60 marks

1 hour

Written paper


of total GCSE

  • Practical activity assessment
  • Evaluating and Analysing Performance (EAP)

Performance in physical education

80 marks

Non-exam assessment


of total GCSE

Non-exam Assessment

Candidates will be assessed practically in threesports taken from the approved activities list. The three sports must include –

  • One from the ‘individual’ list
  • One from the ‘team’ list
  • One other from either list

In addition to three practical performances, candidates are required to demonstrate their ability to Evaluate and Analyse (EAP) their own performance in order to:

  • Analyse aspects of personal performance in a practical activity
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the performance
  • Produce an action plan which aims to improve the quality and effectiveness of the performance

You will have the chance to see some world class sporting events as part of the GCSE PE course. Recent trips have included: The Paralympic Games, NBA Basketball, Premiership Rugby Union, International Football and Elite Cycling.

A Level

Physical Education is accepted by Universities as a valuable AS or A level, on a par with all other subjects. Taking the subject can help students who are intending to follow a career in the sporting or leisure world, where opportunities are many and varied. It can also provide an excellent contrast in the school day for students with an interest in this area who are taking AS and A levels in more ‘traditional’ subjects.

Students can start an A level in Physical Education without having a GCSE in the subject. It is by no means a subject just for games players, it is heavily biased towards the theory element and there is a great deal of science and analysis required by those taking the subject.

Course Outline

The AS includes compulsory sections on Anatomy and Physiology, Acquiring Movement Skills and Socio-Cultural Studies and is 60% theory and 40% practical.

Practical Coursework is internally assessed but externally moderated on two chosen activities. This usually involves performing that sport to a high level, but for one of the activities could be coaching or officiating. Each of these can earn 15% of the final mark. Candidates are also required to observe a performance in their chosen sport, then Evaluate and Plan for the Improvement of Performance (EPIP), and give an oral response outlining their action plan. The EPIP is worth 10% of the final grade.

At A2 the theory exam moves up to 70% of the final grade. Performance grade is based on one sport, worth 20% and the Evaluation and Analysis (E&A) is worth 10%. A2 includes topics from Historical Studies, Comparative Studies, Sports Psychology, Biomechanics and Exercise and Sport Physiology. Students are examined in 3 of the 5 modules. The terminal exam therefore has an element of choice.

Video-recorded coursework involves the performance of one sport, or coaching/officiating, and Evaluation and Analysis (E&A) of a live performance where students recommend an appropriate strategy to improve performance in an oral response format similar to the AS level.