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GCSE Theory of PE

Examination Details AQA 8582

Assessment Details

2 written examinations (60%): 75 minutes each
3 practical assessments (30%)

1 written piece of coursework (10%)

Course Information

Written Examination:

Exam 1 – The human body and movement in physical activity and sport (75 minutes)

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement Analysis
  • Physical training
  • Use of data

Exam 2 – Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport (75 minutes)

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

Two evenly balanced papers with six and nine mark extended questions and multiple-choice questions.


Practical performance in physical activity and sport (30%) -

One assessment must be in a team sport or activity, one assessment must be from an individual sport or activity and a third can be from either a team or an individual sport or activity;

Team activities include – Football, badminton, basketball, camogie, cricket, dance, Gaelic football, handball, hockey, hurling, lacrosse, netball, rowing, rugby (league & union), squash, table tennis, tennis, volleyball.

Individual activities include – Amateur boxing, athletics, badminton, canoeing, cycling, dance, diving, golf, gymnastics, equestrian, kayaking, rock climbing, rowing, sculling, skiing, snowboarding, squash, swimming, table tennis, tennis, trampolining.

Assessment of all activities is divided into 2 Key Processes (Part 1&2)

PART 1: Developing Skills in Physical Activity (10 marks per activity)
PART 2: Full context (15 marks per activity)

Assessment for one activity is by the Key Process C.

PART 3: Performance analysis assessment (10%) – Assessment will take place on the analysis and evaluation of one activity. 

Activities undertaken outside the direct supervision of the centre must have DVD evidence of the performance.

Steps to Success in GCSE Theory of PE

  1. NEA is worth 40% of your final grade.  It is therefore essential that you attend one course related extra-curricular PE club per week to maximise your practical coursework marks.
  2. Develop your ability as a player or performer by accessing clubs in the wider community.
  3. Your class notes will become your revision notes so it is important that all class notes are presented clearly in your exercise books or folders. Make sure you catch up on any lessons missed.
  4. To ensure you understand the work covered in the lesson you should always read through your class notes at home.  It is helpful to highlight keywords in your class notes in order that you remember important words.
  5. Homework will be set on a regular basis to ensure you understand the work being covered.  All homework set should be completed fully and handed in on time to develop your knowledge and understanding of the various topics.
  6. Preparation is the key to success.  Researching a topic before or after a lesson can only develop your knowledge and understanding further.  This can be done by reading set textbooks asking a member of staff for a list of recommended websites.
  7. The more you read something the more you will remember it.  Test yourself regularly by setting your own questions or by using GCSE revision guides and website recommended above on the school website.
  8. Make corrections on old Topic Tests and use these as a revision tool.
  9. Access a copy of the Specification and highlight areas of strength or weakness.