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KS4 Physical Education (GCSE)

Being physically educated and practically active is extremely important for physical and mental health. Studying GCSE PE enables and empowers learners to understand details about how the body works during exercise, how muscles move, what it takes to learn skills, how spectators affect the arousal of athletes; how diet and nutrition affect health and performance and much more. It is an engaging specification and a great foundation for any further studies or employment in PE, physiotherapy and science background jobs. 

As well as developing the skills and knowledge detailed below, students are encouraged to expand their own love and knowledge of various sports by joining clubs in and out of school; by watching sport on television; to expand their understanding and application of tactics, to be interested in the human body and how it works and improves, and to read about and listen to podcasts and interviews on topical issues that are happening in the sports world. 

New and contemporary topics will help students of all abilities to develop a well-rounded skill set and prepare them for progression to further studies.


Exam board:


How is this examined?:

There are four components that combine to make up your GCSE PE.

Two written exams:


  • 1 x 1 hour 30 minutes (Anatomy and physiology; health related fitness)
  • 1 x 1 hour 30 minutes (Psychology of sport; Social/culture influences on sport)

In addition to this there are a further two components:

  • 30% of the GCSE is awarded for practical. Your best mark for 3 sports will be recorded. These must be a mix of team sports and individual sports. One of these may be a sport you play out of school
  • 10% of the GCSE is coursework (NEA). Performance analysis- evaluating strengths and weaknesses of your performance in a sport and recommendations to improve.


How is the course structured?

Year 10 Year 11
Teacher 1 (Paper 1 focus) Teacher 2 (Paper 2 focus) Teacher 1 (Paper 1 focus) Teacher 2 (Paper 2 focus)

Term 1

Skeletal system:

  • bones and function  of the skeleton
  • structure and types synovial joints
  • movement at a joint

Term 2 & 3

Physical training

  • components of fitness
  • aerobic and anaerobic exercise
  • fitness testing and training


  • components of fitness
  • strength and weakness

Term 4 & 5

Mock exam preparation

Respiratory system:

  • pathway of air
  • gaseous exchange
  • lung volumes and spirometer trace
  • mechanisms of breathing

Muscular system:

  • major muscles of the body 
  • antagonistic pairs
  • types of contraction

Term 6

Physical training:

  • principles of training
  • fitness testing & training methods)


  • Action Plan

Term 1 & 2

Sports psychology:

  • skill classification
  • target setting
  • mental preparation

Term 3 & 4

Socio-cultural influences

  • commercialisation 
  • sponsorship
  • technology


  • Skill strength & Weakness

Term 5 & 6 


  • performer conduct
  • performance enhancing drugs
  • spectator behaviour

Revision for mocks


  • Action Plan

Term 1

Cardiovascular System:

  • structure of the heart and blood vessels
  • the cardiac cycle
  • cardiac output, stroke volume and heart rate

Term 2

Effects of exercise and the recovery process

Movement analysis


Term 3


  • Practical Moderation


Term 4

Revision & past papers

Term 5

Revision & past papers

Term 1

Physical & social health:

  • benefits of exercise
  • sedentary lifestyles
  • somatotypes


  • Revisist Action Plan

Term 2

Balanced diet:

  • energy use
  • nutrients
  • hydration

Term 3 & 4 


Finalise coursework

  • Understanding the use of data in sports analysis

Term 5 

Revision & past papers

Baseline practical assessments for different sports, at various points in the year - rugby, netball, cross country, football Continued practical assessments to measure progress in different sports that will influence each learners’ overall grade


Why is the course sequenced in this way?

Topics are delivered in order to build on prior knowledge and develop understanding of new content and to assist in providing continuity and progression in teaching.


What is the best way to revise?

In order for students to achieve their potential, revision is built into lessons and Home Learning from the beginning of Year 10.

To support practical performance grades, there are school sports clubs that GCSE sportspeople should attend, and play in school matches. During the year, specific assessment games and sessions will be arranged in extra-curricular time. This is because it helps to raise the grades when everyone present is a GCSE/club player.

Recommended revision guide: Click HERE



Please click HERE to see the current PE clubs timetable