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GCSE Physical Education

Exam Board: AQA

Specification No: 8582

Course Content

Theory (60%)  - Students will develop knowledge of the key body systems and how they impact on health, fitness and performance in physical activity and sport. Students will study the psychological factors that can affect performers in physical activity and sport.
Practical (40%) - Students will be assessed in three different physical activities in the role of
player/performer. Students will be assessed on their analysis and evaluation of performance to bring
about improvement in one activity

Mode of Assessment
There are 3 modes of assessment:

  • Exam 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport (30%)
  • Exam 2: Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport (30%)
  • Non- exam assessment: Practical performance and performance analysis assessment (40%)

Why Study this Course?

  • Develop a broader understanding of healthy lifestyles, leadership, anatomy and physiology, the role sport has in society and to develop your practical skills.
  • Enjoy studying a subject that has both theory and practical elements.
  • A great option to progress and study Sport or PE on a further education course after Year 11.
  • Gain confidence in leading groups of people and developing your practical ability in a selection of sports that you can choose.

Students will receive a well-rounded introduction to the world of PE, sport and sport science through
the combination of physical performance and academic challenges. The content is both interesting and


Progression Routes
If successful at the GCSE course, there are a number of progressions routes students can take. We offer
BTEC level 3 which offers a further insight into sports leadership, sports development and the sports
industry. Other routes are A Level PE. Both routes can open the door to university in the fields of
physiotherapy, sports injury, sports science, personal training and the sports industry.

BTEC Sport

Type of Qualification: BTEC Diploma

Level of Course: 3


Students will study the course for two years, and is the equivalent of two A Levels. The Edexcel Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Sport comprises of 720 guided learning hours (GLH) for the complete qualification.

Students will study nine units over the two-year course. Six are mandatory units which are:

  1. Anatomy and Physiology
  2. Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being
  3. Professional development in the Sports Industry
  4. Sports Leadership
  5. Investigating Business in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry
  6. Skill Acquisition in Sport

How is the course assessed?

  • Unit 1 – Anatomy and Physiology – This will be assessed by a written exam with short and long answer questions assessing understanding of anatomy and physiology and how different systems of the body can affect sports performance.
  • Unit 2 – Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being – This is a Pre Release task. Students will interpret lifestyle factors and health screening data to create and justify a fitness training programme for a client. This will be externally assessed.
  • Unit 22 – Investigating Business in the Sports Industry - This is a Pre Release task. Students will research various sports and leisure businesses and will then have to produce a business plan for a selected sports business. This will be externally assessed.

All other units will be assessed through the completion of assignments over the two years. As students complete each unit they will be awarded a pass, merit or distinction grade by their tutor.

Additional Information

This qualification is aimed at learners looking to progress to employment in the sports sector. It is designed for entry to roles such as gym instructor or fitness instructor, and is appropriate for progression to Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification or degree programmes.

Students who decide to go to university or college you could take a degree or a BTEC Higher National in subjects such as Personal Training, Teacher Training and Fitness Programming.

Get in touch

Mr P O'Neill, Trust Business Manager

Hemel Hempstead

(01442) 406020