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GCSE Physical Education

Studying GCSE Physical Education at St Edmund’s College, opens up a deeper understanding of the world of sports performance.

Students have the opportunity to perform in three different sports through the non-examination assessment component, alongside developing a wide-ranging knowledge of physical activity and sport.

This course’s combination of physical performance and academic challenge is a unique opportunity, as students learn how to improve their performance through the study and application of theory.

Head of Department Mr K Jones BA
Syllabus OCR J587 (9-1)


Course structure

The content of OCR GCSE (9–1) in Physical Education is divided into four components. Each component is further sub-divided into topic areas.

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


Component 01: Physical factors affecting performance

1.1 Applied anatomy and physiology

1.2 Physical training

1 hour written paper  – 30% (60 marks)

Component 02: Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology

2.1 Socio-cultural influences

2.2 Sports psychology

2.3 Health, fitness and well-being

1 hour written paper  – 30% (60 marks)

Component 04: Practical Performance in physical education (NEA)

This non-examined assessment (NEA) consists of the 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

1 hour written paper – 30% (60 marks)

* The approved lists can be found in section 2d (page 16) and Section 2e (page 64) of the ‘OCR GCSE (9–1) guide to NEA in PE’. This can be found on the OCR website under ‘Assessment’ section.

Component 05: Analysing and evaluating performance (NEA)

This non-examined assessment (NEA) will consist of a written task that must be produced under controlled conditions.

(20 marks)  10%

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Future pathways

GCSE Physical Education enables students to develop a deeper understanding of sport, whilst improving personal performance and forming healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

This course opens up future pathways within the world of sport, including everything from competing, coaching, nutrition, physiotherapy, and sports development.