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GCSE Physical Education

GCSE Physical Education

Head of Department: Mr K Jones BA
Physical Education Specification: SPECIFICATION:OCR J587 (9-1)

Studying GCSE (9-1) Physical Education will open students’ eyes to the world of sports performance. Not only will they have the chance to perform in three different sports through the non-examination assessment component, they will also develop wide-ranging knowledge into the how and why of physical activity and sport. The combination of the physical performance and academic challenge provides an exciting opportunity for students. They can perform, and then through academic study learn how to improve their performance through application of the theory.

Candidates must complete all components to be awarded the OCR GCSE (9–1) in Physical Education.



The content of OCR GCSE (9–1) in Physical Education is divided into three components. Each component is further sub-divided into topic areas and the detailed content associated with those topics.

Component 01: Physical factors affecting performance

1.1 Applied anatomy and physiology
1.2 Physical training
60 marks          1 hour written paper      30%

Component 02: Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology

2.1 Socio-cultural influences
2.2 Sports psychology
2.3 Health, fitness and well-being
60 marks          1 hour written paper      30%

Component 03: Performance in physical education (NEA)

3.1 Performance of three activities taken from the two approved lists*.

  • one from the ‘individual’ list
  • one from the ‘team’ list
  • one other from either list

3.2 Analysing and Evaluating Performance (AEP), task-based NEA.
80 marks          non-examination assessment (NEA)      40%

* The approved lists can be found in section 2d (page 16) and Section 2e (page 68) of the ‘OCR GCSE (9–1) guide to NEA in PE’. This can be found on the OCR website under ‘Assessment Materials’ section.

This specification uses practical examples from physical activities and sports to show how theory can be applied and to reinforce understanding. Students will be given guidance regarding the practical assessment throughout the course.


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