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PE (GCSE) at Thrybergh Academy and Sports College

Course description

GCSE Physical Education provides students with the knowledge and understanding of how to live a healthy and active lifestyle, enabling them to make informed choices about their own physical development. Students can choose from a variety of roles and activities in which to participate in physical activity.

Students will learn how to analyse and evaluate performance and suggest effective plans for improvement.

This course has 60 per cent controlled assessment

Course content

Unit 3 – Knowledge and Understanding for the Active Participant

This unit focuses on securing the knowledge and understanding needed for the candidate to take responsibility for his/her own physical growth and development as part of a personal healthy active lifestyle.

This aspect of the course encourages students to make informed choices about getting involved in healthy physical activities that meet their needs, and develop knowledge and understanding of the roles that the active participant can adopt and what constitutes effective performance in these different roles

Unit 4 – Practical Work (controlled assessment)

Students can choose to participate as player/performer, organiser, leader/coach or official.

For the Full Course (Unit 4) – 4 assessments of which at least 2 assessments must be as player/performer, and they must include activities from at least 2 groups/ways of thinking.

Entry requirements



40% Written paper, 60% controlled assessment

Future opportunities

You could take this course to prepare for advanced level courses such as an A/AS Level in Sport and Physical Education or you may need to strengthen your grades by completing a foundation or intermediate vocational qualification. With further training, you could go into a job related to sport and physical education such as a Physiotherapist or PE Teacher. You could also train further in one or more sports and become a specialist instructor in those areas. You could also go straight into employment and do further training or part time study with the support of your employer.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: 500/4506/4