Physical Education Levels 1 & 2

Course Content

The GCSE in Physical Education requires students to develop their knowledge and understanding of physical education and physical activity, in relation to balanced healthy lifestyles and to develop their knowledge and understanding of how a healthy, active lifestyle contributes to the growth and development of body systems, and structures (including the cardiovascular, muscular, respiratory and skeletal systems), as well as general wellbeing. Students will also develop their knowledge in relation to performance in physical activity.

Students are given the opportunity to develop skills relating to performance in physical activity, including practical performance, in roles such as player/participant, official and leader and analysis of performance.

Type of Activities

The activities offered are Football, Netball, Basketball, Badminton, Athletics, Rounders, Softball, Tennis and Fitness Training, but students can be assessed in activities offered as after college clubs, or ones they participate in during their own time, for example Dance, Trampolining, Golf, Snow Sports, Combat Sports and Water Sports etc.


  • Unit 1 assesses the theoretical content through a 2hr examination. The written exam is 40% of the total.
  • Unit 2, the coursework element, assesses practical performance in 4 sports and a written analysis of performance, including the writing of a personal exercise programme. The coursework is 60% of the total.


GCSE in Physical Education (Grades A* - G)

Opportunities at CEC and Beyond

Physical Education develops the physical and academic skills required for careers and educational courses that are in the sports coaching, fitness and development areas. Students develop generic skills that allow them to build confidence and analyse performance to help create solutions. Higher education possibilities include AS/A2 Physical Education, Level 3 BTEC Sports Studies or any other sports or leisure related courses. Moving straight into employment will usually require further training but the most popular career progressions include the armed forces and work in the leisure industry.