Search this Site:

GCSE Physical Education

GCSE Physical Education

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


Course Outline

Studying GCSE (9-1) Physical Education will open pupils’ 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 pupils. 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.


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 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 04: Practical Performance in physical education (NEA)

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

60 marks          1 hour written paper      30%


Component 05: Analysing and Evaluating Performance (NEA)

This NEA will consist of a written task that must be produced under controlled conditions.

20 marks          non-examination assessment (NEA)       10%


* 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 Materials’ section.

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


View all Tweets