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Physical Education

Level: GCSE Examination board: AQA Specification: 8582

GCSE course outline

GCSE Physical Education provides students with the knowledge and understanding of how to live a healthy and active lifestyle, enabling them to make informed choices about their own physical development. Students can choose from a variety of roles and activities in which to participate in physical activity.

Students will learn how to analyse and evaluate performance and suggest effective plans for improvement.

Theory made up from:

  1. Applied anatomy and physiology
  2. Movement analysis
  3. Physical training
  4. Use of data
  5. Sports psychology
  6. Socio-cultural influences
  7. Health, fitness and well-being 

Practical performance
Practical performance in three different physical activities in the role of performer (one in a team activity, one in an individual activity and a third in either a team or in an individual activity). Analysis and evaluation of performance is undertaken to bring about improvement in one activity.

Skills required

Competency in at least three sports is preferable but not essential. 

Assessment method

Coursework: Performance analysis in one sport


There are two 1 hour 15 minute examinations.

Paper 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport. 78 marks.
Paper 2: Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport. 78 marks.

Post 16 opportunities and careers

There are a variety of courses offered in the Sixth Form at LVS Ascot that link to this qualification. These include A level PE and BTEC Sport. The following careers can be pursued by someone with an interest in this subject PE Teacher, Physiotherapist, Coach/Trainer, Sports Management, Sports Psychologist, Sports Massage, Strength and Conditioning. 

The theory is extremely interesting and engaging and the practical part makes it competitive and fun. Elliot

Get in touch

For more information contact the Head of Department.

Name: Ms Natalie Cowell

Email: Natalie.Cowell@lvs.ascot.sch.uk