Windsor High School and Sixth Form, Richmond Street, Halesowen, B63 4BB
Part of Windsor Academy Trust

GCSE Physical Education

Curriculum Intent

To develop an understanding of the theoretical and practical components of Physical Education and how they relate to their own and others performances. 

Course description

Exam Board: AQA

You will receive a well-rounded and full introduction to the world of PE, sport and sport science by developing an understanding of how the mind and body works in relation to performance in physical activity. This course will also offer you the opportunity to develop your skills in a wide range of sports and activities which will help you improve your own performance.

You will study topics such as:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Sports psychology
  • Health, fitness and well-being
  • Physical training

You will also have the opportunity to perform a wide range of activities, you will be assessed in three activities.


External Exams – 60%
At the end of the course the two external exams will assess your knowledge and understanding of the theory element of the course (there are range of question types - multiple choice, short answer and extended answer questions).

Practical – 40%
You will be assessed in three of your strongest sports (one team activity, one individual activity and a free choice). You will also complete an Analysis and Evaluation (coursework) for one of your chosen sports.

Key Skills

You will develop the following skills:

  • Reflective learning
  • Teamwork
  • Self-managing
  • Creative thinking
  • Effective participation
  • Independent enquiry
  • ICT and presentation skills
  • Leadership skills

Where can it take me?

A good grade at GCSE Physical Education will enable you to continue with the subject onto the Advanced Level Physical Education course. Alternatively, you may wish to consider a more vocationally related course such as CTEC Level 3 in Sport, which is also offered at Windsor Sixth Form.

Potential careers:

  • PE teacher
  • Sports science
  • Sports coach/consultant
  • Nutritionist
  • Fitness instructor
  • Personal trainer

Further information

Please contact: Mr C Hickman - Faculty Director of PE

Useful Websites

Key Stage 4 PE Curriculum Plan


GCSE PE - Subject Course Overview