Physical Education


The AQA PE course covers the key scientific and socio cultural aspects of sport and physical education. Students will learn to apply theory to a range of different sports and physical activities. The course has a straightforward assessment structure and has been updated to include current technological advances and issues in modern sport on the world stage.


What will it be like?

Pupils learn to evaluate and improve practical performance, as well as studying the effects of physical activity on the human body and the position of sport and physical activity within society. This new specification provides a thorough study of all the key components of Physical Education and Sports Science including sports psychology, diet, nutrition, training, fitness, injury rehabilitation and biomechanics. The focus in Year one is on practical performance and analysis. Year 2 and 3 will cover the theoretical aspects.

The new GCSE forms part of a linear progression to A’ level and degree level study.

The course is split into three modules:

Component 1

  • The human body and movement in Physical activity and sport
  • Applied Anatomy, physiology, movement analysis and physical training

Component 2

  • Socio –Cultural influences and well-being in Physical activity and sport
  • Sports psychology, socio-cultural influences, health, fitness and well-being

Component 3

  • Performance and analysis in Physical Education
  • Performance in three activities
  • Analysing and evaluating performance in one sport


Component 1 : 75 minute paper : 30%
Component 2 : 75 minute paper : 30%
Component 3 : Non-exam assessment : 40%