St. Crispin’s GCSE PE Guide


GCSE PE and BTEC Sport

In this section you will find a variety of information and useful links to revision websites, aimed specifically at GCSE PE and BTEC Sport.

Years 10 and 11 Examination PE

In Year 10 students can opt to choose to study either GCSE Physical Education or a BTEC in Sport (Level 2). Both are 2 year courses which are completed in Year 11.

For the GCSE Physical Education course we follow the AQA syllabus.

It is aimed at students who have a very good all round practical ability and a keen interest in the wider aspects of sport and improving themselves as a performer. Successful students will often play a number of sports competitively, both inside school and at local clubs.

The course has a high practical element (60%), which is used to extend and challenge students through developing their practical skills to a higher level. A wide range of sports is covered throughout the two years, so it is essential that students show commitment for the duration. Students will also experience different roles in sport, such as officiating and coaching, and all will be expected to be involved in organising and running local primary school competitions under the supervision of teaching staff. Through the theoretical elements (40%) of the course, students will be able to apply the concepts and theories to their own performance, using them to suggest ways in which they can improve.

Two Exam papers lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes

Paper 1

  • Applied anatomy and physiology- the functions of bones, muscles, the heart and lungs
  • Movement analysis- biomechanics of movement
  • Physical training-fitness and health
  • Using data to improve sports performance.

Paper 2

  • Sports psychology
  • Socio-cultural influences- drugs in sport and hooliganism
  • Health, fitness and wellbeing
  • Using data to improve sports performance.

BTEC in Sport

The BTEC in Sport is an engaging way of developing students’ knowledge and practical experience of sport and the sports industry. It is a diverse course that enables students who enjoy the subject to build upon their skills and knowledge learnt at Key Stage 3 whilst introducing them to vocational opportunities within the leisure sector, such as fitness instructor or sports coach. It is largely taught through practical lessons and focuses on the following units of work:

  • Fitness for Sports & Exercise
  • Practical Sport (Team and Individual Sports)
  • Leading Sports Activities
  • Training for Personal Fitness.

There is an examination which is worth 30% of the final grade with the other 70% of the course being assessed though coursework.

More details of the BTEC in Sport can be found here:

Years 10 and 11 Core PE

All students in Years 10 and 11 receive two hours of core Physical Education each week. These lessons are used to build upon skills and knowledge developed at Key Stage 3 and to promote lifelong participation and healthy lifestyles once they leave school.

Students will also complete a leadership unit of work which involves them taking on the role of coach and official in a range of sports.

We deliver the Key Stage 4 curriculum through a wide range of traditional and non-traditional sports and also introduce students to a number of fitness based activities, utilising our link with St. Crispin’s Sports Centre.

1st certificate BTEC in sport AH502A

Students can find more information re the BTEC by going to the VLE

Click here to view information about Careers in Sport.