GCSE PE

AQA Physical Education, specification code: 8582

Written examination 60%. Practical assessment 40%.

There are three components of assessment for this qualification:

  • Paper 1: 1 hour 15 minutes

30% of GCSE

  • Paper 2: 1 hour 15 minutes

30% of GCSE

  • Non-exam assessment (NEA):

Practical performance in three different physical activities + analysis and evaluation of performance to bring about improvement in one activity.

40% of GCSE

Paper 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport (78 marks):

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical training
  • Use of data

Paper 2: Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport (78 marks):

  • Sports psychology
  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Health, fitness and well-being
  • Use of data

Non-exam assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport (100 marks):

  • For each of their three activities, students will be assessed in skills in progressive drills

(10 marks per activity) and in the full context (15 marks per activity).

  • Students will be assessed on their analysis (15 marks) and evaluation (10 marks) of performance to bring about improvement in one activity.

The GCSE Physical Education course will develop students’ understanding and skills relating to health and fitness, socio-cultural and scientific aspects of Physical Education. With a high non-examination percentage, this course should appeal to those students who possess strong practical skills and who are interested in understanding the factors that affect sporting performance. This qualification will give a strong foundation of knowledge and prepare students well for A-level Physical Education, as well as other A-level courses such as Biology and Psychology.

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