Head of Department Overview Video - GCSE PE

Syllabus - OCR


GCSE PE is an ideal course for pupils with good practical ability and a keen interest in the way we exercise and its impact on the body, as it comprises of both a practical and theory element.  Throughout both Years 10 and 11 pupils are taught in one practical and one theory lesson per week. 

It is also expected that GCSE PE pupils attend extra-curricular activities and out of school sport to reinforce their practical skill development. 



The practical element makes up 40% of the final GCSE grade (Performance and Analysis of Performance)


Performance (30%):  Pupils will cover a range of activities, within lesson time, for which they will be assessed.  The pupils’ best three practical grades will be used for their final assessment.  Club level, and out of school activities may also be used for practical assessment with video evidence. Pupils have to choose a team activity, an individual activity and the third can be a free choice from a set list provided by the exam board.  Pupils are also moderated by an external examiner in their best three practical areas; it is this final moderation mark that is submitted to the exam board prior to the theory examination.


Analysing and Evaluating performance (AEP) (10%):

Within this aspect, pupils are required to demonstrate their ability to analyse and evaluate their own practical performance or that of a peer. This includes analysing the aspects of performance in a practical activity, evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the performance and producing an action plan which aims to improve the quality and effectiveness of the performance. This work is done at the start of year 11 as a controlled assessment piece in school and takes approximately 14 hours to complete.


The theory element makes up 60% of the final GCSE grade:

This is assessed through two one hour written examinations at the end of year 11. The theory element covers a wide variety of issues including applied anatomy and physiology (i.e. Skeletal, Muscular, Respiratory and Circulatory systems) Physical Training (i.e.  principles and methods of training and components of fitness) Socio-cultural influences (i.e. the relationship between media and sport) Sport psychology (i.e. mental preparation for performance) and Health, fitness and wellbeing (i.e. diet and nutrition, physical, social and mental well-being).  Pupils taking GCSE PE should have a keen interest in Biology.