What are the aims of the course?

To give students an understanding of the benefits of Physical Education and training on the body. To allow students to develop their social and communication skills and to engage students understanding so that they may continue to enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle after TGAR.

GCSE Physical Education will equip students with the knowledge, understanding, skills and values they need to be able to develop and maintain their performance in physical activities. Students will also gain understanding of how physical activities benefit health, fitness and well-being.

What assessments will I have to complete?

Students will complete one learning checkpoint and one common assessment in each sporting activity covered every half term. Written feedback will be provided with students receiving an achievement grade (GCSE 1-9) as well as strategies for improvement after each common assessment.

What is involved in the examination?

In BTEC Sport courses (Level 2 & 3) assessment is ongoing across the 2 year course. In both courses students will be required to sit a written exam at the end to complete their final unit. Formal assessments take place at the end of each year in the form of a written exam. All other assessments are practical either internally assessed, or assessed by a visiting examiner.

What topics will I study?


Unit 1: Fitness for sport and exercise

Unit 2: Practical sports performance

Unit 4: The sports performer in action

Unit 5: Training for personal fitness

Unit 1

Components of physical fitness

Components of skill-related fitness

Why fitness components are important for Successful participation in given sports

Exercise intensity and how it can be determined

The basic principles of training (FITT)

Additional principles of training

Fitness training methods

Requirements for administration of each fitness test and Interpretation of fitness test results.

Unit 2

Rules (or laws)


Scoring systems

Roles and responsibilities of officials

Technical and Tactical demands

Effective use of skills and techniques and the correct application of each component

Observation checklist

Reviewing performance. 

Unit 4

Short-term effects of exercise on the musculoskeletal system

Short-term effects of exercise on the cardiorespiratory system

Long-term adaptations of the musculoskeletal system

Long-term adaptations of the cardiorespiratory system

The anaerobic energy system

ATP-CP/alactic acid anaerobic system

Glycolysis/lactic acid anaerobic system

The aerobic energy system

Unit 5

The basic principles of training (FITT)

Exercise adherence factors and strategies for continued training success

GCSE Physical Education

Fitness and Body Systems

Topic 1: Applied anatomy and physiology

Topic 2: Movement analysis

Topic 3: Physical training

Topic 4: Use of data

Health and Performance

Topic 1: Health, fitness and well-being

Topic 2: Sport psychology

Topic 3: Socio-cultural influences

Topic 4: Use of data 

Practical Performance

Skills during individual and team activities

General performance skills

Personal Exercise Programme (PEP)

Aim and planning analysis

Carrying out and monitoring the PEP

Evaluation of the PEP

A LEVEL Physical Education

  • Physiological factors affecting performance

Anatomy and physiology

Skeletal system

Muscular system

Cardiovascular system

Respiratory system

Energy systems

Environmental effects on the body

Exercise physiology

Diet and nutrition

Training methods

Injury prevention and rehab


Principles, levers and technology

Linea, angular, fluid and projectile motion

  • Psychological and socio-cultural themes in physical education 

Skill acquisition

Classification of skill

Types and methods of practice

Transfer of skills

Learning and movement skills

Stages of learning



Memory models

  • Sport psychology

Individual differences

Group and team dynamics

Goal setting


Confidence and self -efficacy

Leadership in sport

Stress management

Sport and society

Emergence and evolution of modern sport

Global sporting events

Ethics and deviance

Commercialisation and media

Routes to sporting excellence

Modern technology

  • Performance in physical education

EAPI (Evaluation and analysis of performance for improvement)

1 Practical performance

Btec Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport

4 units will be completed in total, two units in year 12 (unit 1 & 6) and the remaining two in year 13 (unit 2 & 3)

Unit 1 – Anatomy and physiology 

  • Skeletal system
  • Muscular system
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Respiratory system
  • Energy systems

Unit 2 – Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being

  • Lifestyle choices on health and well-being
  • Fitness principles and theory
  • Nutrition and sports performance
  • Screening and monitoring 
  • Evaluating and improving performance
  • Fitness programming

Unit 3 – Professional Development in the Sports Industry

  • Career opportunities in the sports industry 
  • Skills audit and action plan
  • Recruitment in the sports industry

Unit 6 – Psychology of Sports Performance  

  • Personality 
  • Motivation 
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Group Dynamics
  • Psychological skills training programme

What independent study will I have to undertake?

For GCSE courses students will be set homework each week as well as completing a ‘workbook’ in order to keep themselves informed on their progress across the unit. For BTEC courses, students will be expected to complete their own research on a range of topics which will be set each unit. This research will make up a large percentage of their final grade for the unit. For examination courses, students will be set homework each week on topics recently covered in lessons to consolidate and deepen their learning. In addition they are expected to revise for all Learning Checkpoints and Common Assessments. Students will also be offered revision sessions and interventions during exam periods to boost their subject knowledge and exam techniques. For core PE lessons students are encouraged to take part in our lunchtime and after school extra-curricular sports clubs to further develop their skill level and improve performance but also to inspire greater enthusiasm for sport as a whole. 

What career opportunities could the course help to give me?

Students who do Physical Education course are often interested in the following professions: Sports Science, Medicine, Sport Studies, Teaching, Police, Armed Forces, Sports Management, sports journalism and Commentary, Physiotherapy, Coaching, sports rehab and sport therapy.