Curriculum - PE

PE Curriculum



What course do we follow?

OCR Physical Education

What will I learn?

The GCSE Physical Education course requires pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of physical and physical activity. The course covers a wide variety of content, such as:

  • The structure and function of the skeletal system
  • The structure and function of the the muscular system
  • Movement analysis
  • The cardiovascular and respiratory systems
  • Physical training
  • Components of fitness
  • Applying the principles of training
  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Engagement patterns of different social groups in physical activities and sports
  • Commercialisation and physical activity in sport
  • Ethical and socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport
  • Sports psychology
  • Health, fitness and well-being
How will I be assessed?

2 Examinations totalling 60% of the GCSE course.
Practical activity assessment/Evaluating and Analysing Performance
(AEP) (40% of total GCSE)
Performance of three activities taken from the two approved lists. One each from:

  • The ‘individual’ list
  • The ‘team’ list

One other from either list.

What resources are used?

GCSE Physical Education Textbook
GCSE Physical Education Revision Guide and work book.

How will this subject help me in the future?

Opportunities for sports related courses and qualifications, post 16:
AS and A level Physical Education
BTEC/Diploma which are equivalent to A level qualifications.

At university, degrees in a variety of areas can be undertaken, such as:

  • Sports Science
  • Sports Coaching
  • Sports Development
  • Teaching
  • Sports Journalism
  • Sports Management
  • Sports Psychology
GCE A Level 

Sacred Heart PE department has an excellent record in team sports. The achievements have placed it as one of the most successful providers in the area. There have been major advances in the facilities available to students, linked to the building of an impressive sports hall and teaching block.

The following qualification can be gained from this opportunity:

General Certificate of Education A Level

There are three main areas of study:

  • Anatomical and Physiological aspects of Sport
  • Psychological aspects of Sport and Physical Education
  • Historical, Social and Cultural Aspects of Physical Activity

Unit 1 Opportunities for, and the effects of, leading a healthy lifestyle. 1 written paper – 2 hours 60% total AS mark – 30% of total A Level mark. Will require candidates to answer questions on applied physiology, skill acquisition and opportunities for participation. Section B will examine the application of theoretical knowledge to a practical situation.

Unit 2 Analysis and evaluation of physical activity as performer and/or in an adopted role(s). Internal assessment with external moderation – 40% of total AS Marks – 20% of total A-level marks.

Candidates are assessed on their ability to perform, analyse and evaluate the execution of core skills/techniques in isolation and a structured practice as either a player/performer and in an adopted role or in two roles.


Unit 3 Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within sport. Written paper—30% of total A Level mark Section A looks at how the application of physiological factors can optimise performance. Section B looks at how the application of psychological theories can optimise performance. Section C evaluates contemporary influences in sport and their impact on the performer.

Unit 4 Internal assessment with external moderation – 20% of total A Level marks. Candidates are assessed on their ability to perform, analyse and evaluate their own performance of the core skills/techniques in a competitive situation as either a player/performer or in an adopted role. Evaluate performances and identify weakness and suggest appropriate corrective measures.

Assessment objectives

  • A01 Candidates should demonstrate knowledge and understanding of physical activity.
  • A02 Candidates should demonstrate the ability to apply skills, knowledge and understanding in physical activity
  • A03 Candidates should demonstrate the ability to analyse and evaluate, critically, physical activity.
Entrance Requirements?

It is not a pre-requisite to have studied GCSE PE in order to study A Level PE, however, it does give candidates a foundational advantage. A Level PE splits into two sections. The theory section is worth 70% whilst the practical section is worth 30% of the overall marks. A grade B or higher is recommended in PE and a good ability in Biology.

Students are encouraged to take on coaching qualifications alongside their studies e.g. Sports Leadership. On completion of the A-level PE course, students have an ever-growing number of Higher Education and career choices open to them relating to the field of Physical Education and Sport. There are university courses ranging from Sports Science to Sports Equipment Technology and careers available as a Sports Coach, Sports Psychologist, Dietician or many other jobs in the Leisure industry.


All pupils are required to participate in one lesson per week of Physical Education during Key Stage 4. This is a statutory requirement of the National Curriculum.

Activities available at Sacred Heart include:

Aerobics                           Athletics               Badminton                Basketball

Cheerleading                   Cricket                  Dance                       Football

Health related fitness       Hockey                 Netball                          Table Tennis

Rounders                         Swimming             Tennis                           Orienteering

Trampolining                    Volleyball              Climbing

By the end of Year 11 all pupils will have experienced a wide variety of sport and leisure activities, and pupils will appreciate the benefits of leading an active and healthy lifestyle.