Curriculum – KS4 Physical Education

Why Choose GCSE PE?

If you enjoy your PE lessons and participating in sporting activities you should consider this as an option. During theory lessons you will develop your knowledge of how the body systems inter-relate during exercise and how a healthy, active lifestyle contributes to development of body systems and general well being. You will take part in a range of practical activities and will get the opportunity to learn new skills such as rock climbing.

Course Content

Students will receive a well-rounded and full introduction to the world of PE, sport and sport science by developing an understanding of how the mind and body works in relation to performance in physical activity. During the course we will look into a number of different training methods and ways of improving performance. You will be expected to develop your fitness levels and take part in all activities even if you do not wish to be assessed in them, as the skills developed will be transferable to other sports and activities. The course requires you to attend extracurricular clubs to further your development in each sport and to maintain a good level of fitness throughout KS4.

Practical performance

You will be assessed in three areas of activity including; one team sport, one individual sport and one of your choice from a list of activities e.g. swimming, netball and rock climbing. You can also be assessed in sports that you regularly take part in outside school such as martial arts, skiing, horse-riding and many more! You can be assessed in the role of player/participant, official or leader. You will also be required to analyse your own and others performance from one chosen area of activity and complete a controlled assessment which requires you to complete a 6 week Personal Exercise Programme.


You will learn about healthy, active lifestyles and your healthy, active body. Topics include: Benefits and Reasons For Taking Part in Physical Activity, Influences on Taking Part, Opportunities for Getting Involved in Sport, Fitness Components, Methods of Training, Diet and Performance, The Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems and the Muscular and Skeletal Systems.

Exam Board – Edexcel
Final Grade – New GCSE Grades 1-9
Structure of Assessment
36%: Written exam 1 – Fitness and Body Systems
24%: Written Exam 2 – Health and Performance
30%: Practical Performance
10%: One analysis of performance – Personal Exercise Programme