Physical Education Curriculum Overview

The grid below gives an overview of the curriculum for this academic year:

Year 7

At key stage three, students take part in a wide variety of different activities including football, netball, rugby, badminton, rounders, basketball, dance, trampolining and athletics. Students are encouraged to work on the quality of their practical performance and their ability to play in a game situation whilst also increasing their knowledge and understanding of the rules of the activity. In all year groups at key stage three, students will also have the opportunity to focus on their leadership and team work skills which are an integral part of the curriculum.

Year 8

Year 9

Course Title:  GCSE Physical Education

Awarding Body:  Edexcel

Why study Physical Education?

The GCSE Physical Education course is one of the option subjects. This is an additional course to the Core PE that all students in Upper School have to follow. GCSE PE is a theoretical subject that develops your knowledge of physical activity and how the body’s systems work.  You must have an interest in sport and how the body works: participation in extra-curricular clubs and/or out of school clubs would be of benefit. This subject has a strong link with Biology. In this course we investigate the benefits of leading a healthy and active lifestyle so having an interest in this would ensure a greater understanding of the theoretical content of the subject.

Course Outline

Physical Education at GCSE builds on the practical performances of a variety of sports developed in Lower School and introduces a whole new theoretical component that links the two together.

The course consists of four components within Physical Education, each weighted differently:





Component 1: Fitness and Body Systems

Written Exam



Component 2: Health and Performance

Written Exam



Component 3: Practical Performance

Practical Moderation



Component 4: Personal Exercise Programme




More information and the full syllabus can be found at:

Assessment Format

Edexcel (1-9) Physical Education 1PE0

Students all follow a linear course which is assessed by two terminal examinations at the end of Year 11; component 1: Fitness and Body Systems and component 2: Health and Performance. Component 1 is one hour and three quarters long and Component 2 is one hour and a quarter long. The papers combine for 60% of the final mark, 36% and 24% respectively.

A Practical Moderation will occur in Year 11 to demonstrate the student’s practical ability and will make up 30% of their final mark.

The last 10% of the course is done in the form of written coursework to demonstrate the students’ understanding of physical training.

There is only one tier in GCSE Physical Education.

What skills will I need to be successful in this subject?

There is need to not only participate in sports inside and outside of school, but also to have a keen interest in all things sporting, such as how the body works and the reasons why people participate in physical activity. If you only want to do the practical side of Physical Education, GCSE PE is NOT for you as this is a theoretical classroom based subject. Students will need to demonstrate that they can learn key definitions and have enough sporting knowledge to be able to apply the information, such as giving sporting examples.

Possible Careers and Future Education

Physical Education can have an enormous influence on a person’s life. Once students have a greater understanding of Health and Wellbeing and Fitness and Body Systems, it can shape their future to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.

There are a number of possible careers to be had from studying GCSE PE such as Sports Physiotherapist; Personal Trainer; Sports Journalist; Sports Coach and PE Teacher.  The subject can also help in making you a better athlete, as having a great understanding of how the body works can lead to improvements in individual performance.

Physical Education promotes more than just physical activity, it improves confidence, social skills, knowledge, self-esteem, team work and friendships.  These attributes can only help a student in their future education whether that be in PE or any other subject they choose to continue studying.