PE Full Course


Controlled Assessment

40% of Final grade

Practical performance is assessed in three different physical activities in the role of player/performer

One in a team activity,

One in an individual activity

One in either a team or in an individual activity.


60% of Final grade

2 written exams:

1hour 15minutes each

78marks each

30% of GCSE for each exam

Course Descriptions

Paper 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport

Students will study topics including;

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical training
  • Use of data in sport.

Paper 2: Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport

Students will learn about;

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

Each paper is split between a mixture of multiple choice/objective test questions, short answer questions and extended answer questions.

Non-exam assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport

Students will be assessed in three sports (one team sport, one individual and one choice). For each of their three activities, students will be assessed in skills in progressive drills (10 marks per activity) and in the full context (15 marks per activity).

Students will be assessed on their analysis (15 marks) and evaluation (10 marks) of performance to bring about improvement in one activity

Department Statement

Candidates must have a high level of practical skill to be successful at this level. The most successful candidates perform to a higher than average standard and participate in sport outside of school. The theoretical section of the course requires both a scientific and analytical academic ability.


AQA GCSE PE offers routes to further education, such as A-levels, higher education in PE as well as other related career opportunities. Also, employers from different sectors (business, medicine, law, science, media) see a PE qualification as important to have because of the skills learnt through PE; teamwork, communication, respect, desire to succeed are all sought after skills that are developed through GCSE PE. Some of the career pathways are: Sports psychologist, physiotherapist, sports coach, school teacher, sports statistical analysis, events manager, fitness center manager and personal trainer.

For more information contact Mr L Scorah (Head of PE)