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Physical Education Examination Courses Key Stage 4

OCR Level 1 / 2 Cambridge National Certificate in Sport Studies (Year 10 course)

Cambridge Nationals in Sport offer students the solid foundation required for further study or progression into industry. Students will develop a wide range of highly desirable, transferable skills such as communication, problem solving, team working and performing under pressure. Students will complete controlled assessment (75%) and a written exam (25%) to complete the course.

Sport Studies Unit

Qualification Title


Contemporary issues in sport

Written Paper 1 hour – 60 marks

Developing sports skills

Controlled assessment


Sports leadership

Controlled assessment

Developing knowledge and skills in outdoor activities

Controlled assessment


OCR GCSE Physical Education (Year 10 course) 


The GCSE (9-1) curriculum in Physical Education aims to equip pupils with the knowledge, understanding, skills and values to develop and maintain their performance in physical activities as well as understand the benefits to health, fitness and well-being.

This course has 60% of the overall mark allocation awarded to written examinations with 40% of the course awarded to practical sports and a controlled assessment.


Content Overview

Assessment Overview

Applied anatomy and physiology,

physical training

Physical factors affecting

performance (01)

60 marks

1 hour written paper

30 % of total GCSE

Socio-cultural influences, sports

psychology, health, fitness and


Socio-cultural issues and

sports psychology (02)

60 marks

1 hour written paper

30 % of total GCSE

Practical activity assessment.

Analysing and evaluating performance (AEP)

Performance in Physical

Education (03)

80 marks

AEP – non exam assessment

40 % of total GCSE

Edexcel BTEC First Award LEVEL 2 in Sport  (Year 11)

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Sport is a vocational course to develop sporting talent and creativity whilst providing students with a good professional approach to the sporting industry. The pupils’ learning will consist of practical and theoretical elements, in compulsory and optional units such as:

Unit 1: Fitness for Sport and Exercise (External examination 25% of overall grade)

Unit 2: Practical Sports Performance (Mandatory Unit)

Unit 3: The Mind and Sports Performance (Optional Unit)

Unit 4: The Sports Performer in Action (Optional Unit)

Unit 5: Training for Personal Fitness (Optional Unit)

Unit 6: Leading Sports Activities (Optional Unit)

Pupils are required to complete Unit 1 and Unit 2 and two of the other optional units.

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