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Physical Education

Level GCSE
Exam Board OCR

The GCSE Physical Education course requires students to have a genuine interest in physical education and sport. They must have a good sporting ability in a range of activities.

It is best suited to students in the top PE sets in Year 9 who have achieved at least a level 6 in PE at the end of Key Stage 3. Candidates are also required to have a good standard of written English and Science.

We expect each candidate to be an integral part of a school sports team and to participate in two or three different physical activities/sports out of school hours. The PE Department will specify the most appropriate sports course for individual students.


Studying GCSE (9-1) Physical Education will open your eyes to the amazing world of sports performance.

Not only will you have the chance to perform in three different sports though the non-exam assessment component, you will develop wide ranging knowledge into the how and why of physical activity and sport.

The combination of the physical performance and academic challenge provides an exciting opportunity for students. You can perform, and then through the academic study learn how to improve your performance through application of theory.

How will you be assessed

  • Non-Exam Assessment (NEA). Three practical performance (30%)
  • NEA. Once performance analysis task (10%)
  • A total of two hours assessment split over two examination papers (2x 1 Hour) Taken at the end of the two year course. (60%)

Practical (30%)

  • Performance practical in three activities (1x Team, 1x Individual and 1x Free choice), equally weighted at 20 marks each. A list of the approved practical activities can be found on the OCR Website
  • To improve practical grades students should aim to be regularly taking part in training, practising and playing competitively both within school and for local clubs
  • Students should attend and meet members of the school sports teams to improve their practical grades

Controlled Assessments (10%)

Analysing Performance – Research/analysis of your own or others performance in sport, identifying the strengths and  weaknesses and implementing an action plan to improve the weakness - February Year 11

Exam Papers -  two exams in June Year 11 (60%)

One hour long and comprise of both theory units:

  • Component 1 (30%) Physical Factors affecting performance
  • Component 2 (30%) Socio-Cultural Issues and Sports Psychology

There is no opportunity to re-sit either of the exams.

Staff Contact
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