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Physical Education

KS4 Physical Education

Specification: GCSE Physical Education AQA (8582)

Subject Head: Dawn Johnson


Course outline

This course provides the opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of the contemporary topics that underpin performance and involvement in physical activity and sport. 

Subject Content        

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical training
  • Use of data
  • Sports psychology
  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Health, fitness and well-being

What should students expect to do during the course?

The course is interesting and wide-ranging but demanding. A common misconception students have is that PE is an easy, practical subject.

The GCSE is weighted toward the theory component which has a scientific element which challenges many students.  You will receive two double lessons per week and at certain times of the year one will be practical and one theory. 

Assessment (graded 9- 1)

The course will be graded in numerical format of 9-1. Grade 9 being equivalent to an A*, grade 5 equivalent to a C and grade 1 to a G.

Theory component    60% 2 written exams (1 hr 15 mins each)  

Practical component     30% practical performance, 10% analysis coursework 

Your practical performance will involve an internal assessment/ external moderation in 3 activities (at least 1 in a team activity and 1 individual). You will also complete an analysis and evaluation of your performance to bring about improvement in 1 activity.

Progression into Sixth Form

A qualification in this course will provide the natural grounding for following  A level PE or standalone providing a skill set that prepares students for further study post-16.