Edexcel GCSE Physical Education (2016/2017)

Here, you'll find everything you need to prepare for GCSE Physical Education Full Course from 2016 (first assessment 2018) and GCSE Physical Education Short Course from 2017 (first assessment 2018), including our accredited specifications and sample assessment materials.

Supporting learning through practice

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Our Performance Analysis Assessment and support materials are designed to allow a large section of the content to be taught in a practical way thus allowing theory to be understood through practice.

Students will receive a well-rounded introduction to the world of PE, sport and sport science through the combination of physical performance and academic challenges.

Our qualifications have a straightforward structure with four engaging and up-to-date components, assessed through externally examined papers and non-examined assessments designed to be accessible for all students.

The content builds on the understanding developed at the previous Key Stage, increasing breadth whilst avoiding unnecessary repetition and also ensuring that the learners new to the subject are appropriately supported.

We’ll have a programme of teaching and learning support to help you implement the new specifications, particularly with new and unfamiliar content and skills.

Edexcel GCSE Physical Education 2016 specification
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Qualification type:
General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)
Level 1/2
Accreditation status:
Physical Education
Specification codes:
UK and international
First teaching:
First assessment:

GCSE Physical Education 2017 Specification (Short Course)
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Qualification type:
General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)
Level 1/2
Accreditation status:
Specification codes:
UK and international
First teaching:
First assessment:
What's changing

GCSE Physical Education 2016: What's changing

These changes will apply to all awarding organisations’ specifications:

  • There is an increased emphasis on the theoretical content now worth 60% of the qualification assessed through examination.
  • The requirements for carrying out and assessing non-examined assessment (practicals and coursework) have changed:
    • Non-examined assessment is worth 40% of the qualification. This comprises the practical performance and performance analysis, both of which will be internally assessed and externally moderated. 
    • Practicals are now 30% of the qualification and must be three activities - one team activity, one individual activity and a free choice.
    • Students will be assessed in the role of player/performer only from the DfE's prescribed list of activities.
    • Performance analysis is worth 10% of the qualification.       

Our approach

We’re working with the teaching community, higher education, learned societies and subject associations to design our new qualifications for 2016. Our ambition is to develop physical education qualifications that you will know and recognise, but to update them with new and engaging topics of study.

We have also commissioned and conducted our own research projects, including international benchmarking and trialling. This research will help us understand how to build on the strengths of the current qualifications and to identify the skills that students need to progress to further study in physical education or sport related subjects.

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Getting Ready to Teach

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Our free Getting Ready To Teach events will support you in delivering the new Pearson Edexcel GCSE Physical Education specification for first teaching from September 2016.

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If you don’t have an Edexcel Online account, you can book by emailing us at trainingbookings@pearson.com.

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