Physical Education & Sport

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course.

Subject content – theory elements

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical training
  • Use of data
  • Sports psychology
  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Health, fitness and well-being

The three practical options must be chosen from the following activities areas: games, gymnastics, dance, athletics, swimming and outdoor adventurous activities and fitness/health activities.

These assessments will be internally assessed with a moderation from an external assessor.


Paper 1: The Human body and movement in physical activity and sport
What's assessed - applied anatomy and physiology, movement analysis, physical training, use of data
How it's assessed - Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes, Total: 78 marks, 30% of GCSE

Paper 2: Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport
What's assessed - sports psychology, socio-cultural influences, health, fitness and well-being, use of data
How it's assessed - Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes, Total: 78 marks, 30% of GCSE

Practical performance in physical activity and sport
What's assessed - students are assessed as a player/performer in three different activities (one in a team activity, one in an individual activity and a third that can be either a team or an individual activity).


Written/verbal analysis and evaluation of performance/coursework
How it's assessed - Internal assessment, external moderation

  • Total: 100 marks 40% of GCSE

(30% three practical assessments and 10% written/verbal analysis)

For each of their three activities, students will be assessed in skills in progressive drills

(10 marks per activity) and in the full context (15 marks per activity).

Students who study this course need to be highly committed to improving their own personal levels of performance and should have a proven record of competing in school competition. All students need to demonstrate a willingness to analyse their own performance and improve techniques and skills at GCSE level through being actively involved in extra-curricular activities programme. They must also be aware of the demands of the examination work and be eager to go the extra mile.


Success in this subject allows students to progress on to Sixth Form A level or Applied A level courses at Northallerton School & Sixth Form College, and to achieve good results through these courses. Many of our students progress to take the subject further in higher education.

Start Date

July 2019

Exam Board



Northallerton School & Sixth Form College

Course Level