What is Physical Education (PE)?

Physical education, or PE for short is the study of physical movement, safety and health and well-being. There are a wide range of activities associated with PE including sports, dance and weight training. Physical education helps develop and maintain confidence, well-being and social skills that can be more difficult to achieve through other subjects.

What careers can I do with physical education?

Physical education lends itself to a range of careers in sports and fitness as well as other industries that you may not have considered before. For example, did you know that many nutritionists, physical therapists and chiropractors have a degree in PE? Some careers that you could consider doing with PE include:

  • Sports science
  • PE teacher
  • Physiotherapist
  • Professional sportsperson
  • Sports coach/consultant
  • Sports policy at local and national level
  • Diet and fitness instructor
  • Personal trainer

At REACH students can choose to study Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Physical Education.

It equips students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to develop their own performance in sport. They develop their understanding of socio-cultural influences on participation in sport, and the benefits of physical activity to health, fitness and well-being.

The course comprises of two components.

Component Assessment Content overview
Component 1: Body Systems, Movement and HealthWritten examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes 60% of the qualification

Topic 1: Applied anatomy and physiology

Topic 2: Movement analysis

Topic 3: Health, fitness and well-being

Topic 4: Use of data

Component 2: Practical Performance NEA: internally marked and externally moderated 40% of the qualification 70 marks (35 marks per activity)

Two physical activities from a set list, containing one team and one individual activity.

Skills during individual and team activities

General performance skills

Each Week students will have one lesson of theory and a two lesson practical.

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