At Arden, we use the OCR examination board for our GCSE PE course. The course is divided into four sections; two are examinded externally and are each worth 20% of the final mark. Two are assessed internally and moderated externally. Each consists of two practical assessments plus a piece of controlled assessment. The practical proportion is 25% and controlled assessment 5%. Please note: in line with current Government legislation changes, the course is now linear rather than modular and so students taking this qualification will now sit two examinations at the end of Year 11.


Specification number: J586 www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/type/gcse

Unit code

% contribution to total

Assessment method

Time of assessment




Summer - Year 11



Practical plus controlled assessment

Practical - throughout the course

Controlled assessment - Year 10




Summer - Year 11



Practical plus controlled assessment

Practical - throughout the course

Controlled assessment - Year 11

Practical assessment is undertaken by the PE staff during GCSE and core lessons. Pupils may also be assessed during extra curricular activities. In some instances, pupils may wish to use an activity which is undertaken off site. In this instance, supporting DVD evidence must be submitted. Pupils should seek guidance from PE staff regarding the content of the DVD. Some filming of pupils on this course may occur within lessons or at extra curricular events.

Throughout the two year course, students will cover the key processes of Physical Education. These include developing skills and techniques, making decisions in a variety of roles, developing physical and mental capacity, evaluating and improving performance, making informed choices about healthy, active lifestyles and opportunities and pathways for involvement in physical activity.

Some of the areas they will learn about include:

  • the different components of fitness and how they can be improved by testing and training
  • how skills are developed
  • motivation and mental preparation
  • the structure and function of the different body systems eg muscular, skeletal etc
  • lifestyle factors that affect fitness eg diet, drugs & exercise
  • the role of media in sport
  • sponsorship
  • patterns of participation and barriers to it
  • the organisation of sport in England
  • the Olympic Games
  • national Governing bodies and other organisations concerned with promoting sport

Pupils studying GCSE PE are expected to spend at least one hour per week taking part in extra curricular sport either at school or in the community. They will also be given written learning or research tasks to complete as homework. In preparation for the examinations, each block of work is tested with pupils being given regular feedback on their progress.

Practical activities the pupils can use for assessment are listed below:

Athletic activities

Cross country running, cycling, resistance training, rowing, track & field athletics

Coaching/leading activities

The role of coach/leader is available in all activities as well as the role of performer

Combat activities

Boxing, fencing, judo, karate, tae kwon do

Dance activities

Required response dance, contemporary dance, aerobics

Gymnastic activities

Figure skating, gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampolining

Invasion games

Association football, basketball, Gaelic football, goalball, handball, hockey, hurling, ice hockey, lacrosse, netball, roller hockey, rugby league, rugby union, water polo


Association football, badminton, basketball, boxing, cricket, Eton fives, fencing Gaelic football, goalball, handball, hockey, hurling, ice hockey, judo, karate, lacrosse, netball, roller hockey, rounders, rugby league, rugby union, softball, squash, table tennis, tae kwon do, tennis, volleyball, water polo

Outdoor & adventurous activities

Canoeing/kayaking, hill walking, camp craft, horse riding, mountain biking, orienteering, sailing, skiing, snowboarding, surfing, rock climbing, wind surfing,

Striking games

Cricket, rounders, softball

Swimming activities

Life saving, personal survival, swimming

Wall & target games

Archery, badminton, Eton fives, golf, racketball, squash, table tennis, tennis, volleyball