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GCSE Physical Education

Board:  OCR   Subject Code:  J587



Throughout the course of study learners are encouraged to develop an awareness of the role of physical education in society and its application to many situations.


Component 01: Physical factors affecting performance
Assessed by a one hour written examination worth 30% of final mark

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Physical training

Component 02: Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology
Assessed by a one hour written examination worth 30% of final mark

  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Sports psychology
  • Health, fitness and well-being

Component 03: Performance in physical education (NEA)
Assessed by Controlled Assessmentworth 30% of final mark

Performance of three activities taken from two approved lists:

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

Analysing and evaluating Performance (AEP) task based (NEA)
Assessed by Controlled Assessmentworth 10% of final mark

Pupils must use practical examples from physical activities and sports
to show how theory can be applied and to reinforce understanding of their
chosen sporting activity. Pupils are required to demonstrate their ability to
analyse and evaluate their own performance in order to:

  • analyse aspects of personal performance in a practical activity
  • evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the performance
  • produce an action plan which aims to improve the quality and effectiveness of the performance.

Important Notes

  • This qualification is suitable for learners intending to pursue AS or A levels, Higher Education or any career for which
    an understanding of the human body or human behaviour is desirable.
  • This qualification provides a suitable introduction to further study in social sciences, or as part of a course of general
  • For most pupils performance will be assessed through continual assessment by PE teachers during lessons.
  • Credit can be given for sporting activities carried out, to a high standard, outside school. Coaches would be asked to assess a pupil, based on criteria supplied by the teacher and to provide video evidence of the standards reached.


Recommended revision texts

Lonsdale Revision Guide:  Essentials of GCSE PE (from PE Deptment) £3.00
BBC Bitesize PE Revision Guide
BBC Sports Academy


Tips for Parents

Places of interest/events to visit connected with syllabus
GCSE Revision Conference (dependant on venue)
David Lloyd Centre
Carnegie Centre at Leeds Metropolitan University for Athletics and use of Performance Laboratory


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