Physical education

GCSE in Physical Education

Why study this subject?

This GCSE aims to develop your current knowledge and understanding of Physical Education and to help with your next level of education.

What will I learn?

You will learn about the practical and theoretical aspects of Physical Education ranging from individual differences, the human body, fitness, training and cultural and social factors.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught a mixture of practical and theoretical lessons; these are in addition to your core Physical Education lessons. Theory lessons are taught mainly in classrooms whilst practical lessons take place in the sports hall. All lessons can either be single or mixed gender, depending on the unit studied at the time.

How will I be assessed?

The two course components are assessed separately. The practical aspect caries 60% of the final mark and is completed through 4 assessments from at least two activity groups. Two of the assessments must be as player/participant and at least one in a different role, such as referee/umpire, coach or organiser. The theory aspect of the course caries 40% of the final mark and is assessed through an external examination towards the end of the course. The written examination consists of multiple choice questions, short and extended questions and a pre-released scenario based question.

What qualifications will I get at the end of the course?

You will achieve a GCSE in Physical Education.

What can this qualification lead to afterwards?

Career opportunities include PE teacher, sports coach, fitness Instructor, personal trainer, Public Services, and various roles in the leisure and recreation industry.

Post-16 Progression

A-Level Physical Education and BTEC Sport National Level 3 are available post-16. These support applications to a number of degree options at University, including further study in Sport Science, Sport Studies, Leisure and Tourism degrees and more.

How much homework will I have to do?

There will be one piece of homework set per week, but you are also expected to work independently to develop your knowledge and understanding of Physical Education. A commitment to taking part in extra-curricular activities after school is essential in order to enhance practical grades.

Where can I find out more about this qualification?

You can see any member of the Physical Education department.


King Edward VI Academy Trust Birmingham is a charitable company limited by guarantee. Registered number 10654935. Registered office: Foundation Office, Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, B15 2UD. Academy tel: 0121 464 4428.

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