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Mr. R. Ellis

Head of Department

Overview of the Course

40% Practical Performance 

Non-examined assessment is worth 40% of the qualification. This comprises the practical performance and performance analysis (coursework), both of which will be internally assessed and externally moderated.  

60%Theoretical Performance 


There is an increased emphasis on the theoretical content now worth 60% of the qualification assessed through two examinations. 

Component 1 (Paper 1) 

Fitness and Body Systems 

1hr 45min written exam 

90 marks 

36% of qualification 

Topic 1: Applied anatomy and physiology 

Topic 2: Movement analysis 

Topic 3: Physical training 

Topic 4: Use of data 

Worth 125 marks in total 

30% Practical = 105 marks (3x35marks/activity) 


10% Personal Exercise Programme 

 (PEP) 20 marks 

Component 2 (Paper 2) 

Health and Performance 

1Hr 15min written exam 

70 marks 

24% of qualification 

Topic 1: Health, fitness and well-being 

Topic 2: Sport psychology 

Topic 3: Socio-cultural influences 

Topic 4: Use of data 

Team Games Covered 

Football, Rugby, Handball, Basketball, Badminton/Tennis/Table Tennis doubles 

Individual Sports Covered 

 Athletics, Tennis, Badminton, Trampolining, Swimming, Table tennis, dance. 

Other activity options are availible if a student participant participates out of school, e.g. Boxing, Equestrian, Skiing 

You should take GCSE PE if…

  • You enjoy fitness and want to learn more about health the body and exercise and are good at Sciecne. 
  •  You have a keen interest in Sport and Physical Activity. 
  •  You are keen on personal development. 
  •  You have good grades in Science. 
  •  You are interested in how the body works in relation to Sport and Physical Activities. 
  •  You are committed to extra-curricular PE clubs / keeping fit – this is compulsory. 
  •  You are willing to work hard. 


Where can GCSE PE take you…

  • Level 3 courses at Post 16. 
  • Cambridge Technical Level 3 in Sport and Physical Activity. 
  • Career in the health and fitness or exercise science industry as well as something like working in the NHS or Physiotherapy, sports coaching, teaching, a personal trainer, leisure centre work etc. 

Careers in Physical Education

There is a wide range of jobs available in this sector.  Recruitment opportunities into careers in Physical Education, is always competitive.

There are a number of career settings that you can become involved with and progress in. These include Sport, Health, Fitness, leisure and teaching.

Below are some ideas of the different types of career opportunities you could get involved with:

Professional Sport: Performer/player, Fitness coach, Sports coach, exercise & sport scientists, performance data analysist, dietitian, Media & marketing consultant, website design, sport development officer, Sport commentator, Club physio/doctor, catering manager, assistant coach and youth team coach.

Health: Doctor, Physio, sports therapist, sports massage, nurse and working in other areas of the NHS.

Fitness: Gym manager, Personal trainer, yoga instructor, fitness instructor, professional fitness coach.

Teaching & Public Services: Primary school teacher, secondary school PE teacher, Sports Coach, Police officer, Fire fighter, Royal Marines, Army

Leisure: Swimming teacher, Duty Manager, Sports coach, lifeguarding, leisure centre management, outdoor activities instructor, children’s party co-coordinator

Labour Market Information – LMI

It is useful to look at the labour market when thinking about a career in Sport, Fitness, health and leisure. The links below provide good quality information about the LMI in the industry and this is only growing with a large emphasis being placed nationally on health and well-being

Learning Pathways

The are lots of different pathways into the vast range of careers in sport, fitness, health and leisure where the national governing bodies offer various coaching qualifications, Premier training offer various fitness instructing and personal training qualifications, but in addition to these examples where these would be more apprenticeship based there are also academic pathways as well. The different pathways are highlighted below:

Post-16 examples: A Level in Physical Education, Level 3 in Sport & physical activity, T level in Health, Level 3 Public Services.

Degree examples: Sports coaching, Sport & exercise science, Sport psychology, Sport rehabilitation, Sports management, Physiotherapy, Sports therapy.

Apprenticeship examples: Lifeguard, recreation assistant, personal trainer, fitness instructor, sports coach, events assistant, outdoor activity instructor, teaching assistant.