Physical Education

Students can choose GCSE Physical Education as one of their options at KS4

This GCSE in PE will equip you with the knowledge , understanding, skills and values that you need to be able to develop and maintain your performance in physical activities. You will also gain understanding og how physical activities benefit health, fitness and well-being.

Component 1: Fitness and Body Systems

Topic 1: Applied Anatomy and Physiology

  • The structure and functions of the muscular-skeletal systems
  • The structure and functions of the cardio-respiratory system
  • Anaerobic and aerobic exercise
  • The short and long term effects of exercise

Topic 2: Movement Analysis

  • Lever systems
  • Planes and axes of movement

Topic 3: Physical Training

  • The components of fitness
  • The principles of training
  • The relationship between health and fitness
  • How to optimise training and prevent injury
  • Effective use of warm-up and cool down

Topic 4: Use of Data

  • Data analysis in relation to key areas of physical activity and sport

Component 2: Health and Performance

Topic 1: Health, Fitness and Well-Being

  • Physical, emotional and social health, fitness and well-being
  • The consequences of a sedentary lifestyle
  • Energy use, diet, nutrition and hydration

Topic 2: Sport Psychology

  • Classification of skills (basic/complex, open/closed)
  • The use of goal setting and SMART targets to improve and/or optimize performance
  • Guidance and feedback on performance
  • Mental preparation for performance

Topic 3: Socio-Cultural Influences

  • Engagement patterns of different social groups in physical activity and sport
  • Commercialisation of physical activity and sport
  • Ethical and sociocultural issues in physical activity and sport

Topic 4: Use of Data

  • Data analysis in relation to key areas of physical activity and sport.

Component 3: Practical Performance

You will be required to perform in three different physical activities in the role of player/per former.

You must choose one team activity, one individual activity and one activity of your choice.  All activities must come from a prescribed list.

Component 4: Personal Exercise Programme

You will be required to write a 1500 word analysis and evaluation about your six to eight week personal exercise programme.

How you will be assessed:   70% Written Theory – 30% Practical

Component 1: Theory – Written examination of 1 hour 45 minutes (36%)

Component 2: Theory – Written examination of 1 hour 15 minutes (24%)

The written examination consists of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions

Component 3: Practical performance of 3 activities (30%)

Component 4: Written personal exercise programme (10%)

How you will learn this

  • In both practical and theory lessons
  • Planning a training programme
  • Being involved in coaching others in extra-curricular clubs

The skills you will develop include:

  • Physical, communication, leadership, team building, organisational, research, evaluation skills

Courses and Career opportunities after GCSE

A GCSE in PE will be excellent preparation for

  • Further study of PE at AS and A Level
  • Vocational courses such as the BTEC
  • Nationals in Sport/Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Apprenticeships and other training
  • Employment in a related sector e.g.
  • PE teaching
  • Coaching
  • Leisure Management
  • Physiotherapy


Are there any enrichment opportunities / visits or trips?

Thamesmead Plus programme offers a wealth of opportunities. You can get involved in an extra-curricular sports club in activities including Boys & Girls Football, Netball, Dance, Rugby, Rounders, Cricket, Badminton, Athletics and Basketball to name just a few

So many choices can seem overwhelming but getting involved in new activities with new people is a fun way to challenge yourself. Students often represent the school teams in local, district and county event.

Useful website links & Revision Guides:

BBC News Sports Academy

Sam Learning

BBC GCSE Bitesize

Edexcel Student pages