Examination Board: OCR

Specification: J587


Description of Course

Have you ever wondered...

  • Why some people are good at sports and others not?
  • Why you are a great swimmer but hate running?
  • How you could go from being a good athlete to being in the Olympics?
  • Why people take drugs?
  • Why violence is often seen in sport?

Studying GCSE Physical Education will open your eyes to the amazing world of sports performance. Not only will you have the chance to perform in three different sports through the non- exam assessment component, you will also develop wide ranging knowledge into the how and why of Physical activity and sport.


How Will You Learn

The combination of the physical performance and academic challenge provides an exciting opportunity for students. You can perform, and then through the academic study learn how to improve your performance though application of the theory. Physical Education is learned about through a range of different contexts and the impact it has on both ours and other’s everyday lives. You will learn the reasons why we do things, why some people out perform others, mentally and physically. You will also delve into the ethical considerations behind the use of drugs and also gain an understanding of the consequences of inactivity and poor diet.                                                                                                       It is expected that students opting for this subject will have an active interest/involvement in PE and play regular competitive sport outside of school. Students are encouraged to bring their experience from a wide range of sports to this course as many of them can be assessed towards their final grade (e.g. horse-riding/windsurfing/skiing/dance). You will learn through doing…so if you enjoy the practical side of PE and are good at it…this course is for you!


Method of Assessment

  • Non- Exam Assessment (NEA). Three practical performances (30%)
  • NEA. One Performance Analysis task (10%).
  • A total of two hours assessment split over two examination papers (2x 1 hour) taken at the end of the two year course (with a wide range of Question types including: multiple choice, single mark, short answer and extended response questions) (60%).


Pathways after Year 11

Further Study

GCSE Physical Education is not just an excellent base for the OCR A Level in Physical Education, it can take you much further. For those of you fascinated by the human mind, why not carry on to Psychology? For people into the why of the human race this carries you through to Sociology. This is also an excellent additional qualification for those undertaking the sciences with the intention to move through into medicine or physiotherapy routes.

Career Routes

Beyond A Level, the study of Physical Education can lead on to university degrees in sports science, sports management, healthcare, or exercise and health. Physical Education can also complement further study in biology, human biology, physics, psychology, nutrition, sociology, teacher training and many more. The transferable skills you learn through your study of Physical Education, such as decision making and independent thinking are also useful in any career path you choose to take.


Pupil comments

“If you love sport and are interested in learning about the human body then PE is the course for you”

“By far and away PE is the best option I do”





Description of Course

PE is a compulsory part of education and at Key Stage 4 we allow our students to opt and choose a pathway that best suits their interests and sporting ability:


  • Sports leadership and performance; suited to able sports performers who want to gain a Level 1 Sports Leadership Award (JSLA) and play sport competitively (GCSE pupils are expected to opt for this). Sports include Football, Hockey, Rugby, Basketball, Netball and Rounders.
  • Healthy Active Lifestyles; suited to those who enjoy individual, alternative activities based around fitness and maintaining an active lifestyle. Activities are likely to include yoga, trampolining, badminton, table tennis and use of the school’s fitness suite.
  • Lifelong Sport; suited to those who enjoy both team and individual sports at a non-competitive level. Activities are likely to include Badminton, Table tennis, Lacrosse, Rounders and use of the school’s fitness suite.


PE at KS4 allows pupils to specialise in specific sports/physical activities enabling them to develop their knowledge, understanding, skill level and fitness in these areas. Our ultimate aim is to give our students the opportunity to make informed choices about healthy, active lifestyles, in the hope that they will find something that they enjoy and will continue that particular activity into later life.


How Will You Learn

Students will learn a variety of techniques and skills specific to individual sports in a practical setting. They will also develop their understanding of rules, tactics and how to coach and lead.


Method of Assessment

Students will be assessed via their levels of effort, skill, knowledge, leadership ability and overall appreciation of a variety of sports both practically and theoretically.


Pathways after Year 11

Further Study

Further study of PE at BTEC/AS/A2 Level (all offered here at Liskeard), or a variety of degree courses in PE related activities.

Career Routes

  • A career in sport/leisure/fitness industry
  • A career as a professional sportsperson.
  • Careers in sports media/journalism. .
  • Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy.
  • A Career as a Teacher
  • Career in the Forces or Public Services


Pupil comments

“I have organised festivals and worked with primary school kids”

“I love being active and being able to use the fitness suite”

“It has given me the opportunity to try lots of new sports like trampolining!”




Cambridge Nationals Level 1/2

Examination Board:  OCR


Description of Course

Sport is a high profile and expanding industry and there is a growing need for qualified professionals and capable volunteers. The Cambridge National in Sports Studies takes a more sector based and vocational approach whilst also encompassing some core sport/PE Themes. Students have the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge about different types of sport and physical activity, skills development and sports leadership to their own practical performance. They will learn about contemporary sports issues such as funding, participation, ethics and role models and sport and the media. Students will also develop an appreciation of the importance of sport locally and nationally, different ways of being involved in sport and of how this shapes the sports industry.


How Will You Learn

Students will develop a wide range of highly desirable, transferrable skills such as communication, problem solving, team working and performing under pressure. As you might expect the bulk of the learning and assessment is through practical means. Within the Sports Studies qualification students will develop their own performance and effectively lead others as well as gain knowledge about the national sports context.

The course is aimed at those students who enjoy PE and have a real interest in sport but who don’t necessarily compete on a competitive basis outside of school. It is also aimed at students who find science and written exams more challenging.


Method of Assessment

Two Mandatory units  

  • Contemporary Issues in Sport - assessed via a 1hour external exam.
  • Developing Sports Skills - assessed through an OCR set task and includes assessment of practical performance and officiating skills, along with a demonstration of how students can improve their own performance.

Two Optional units

  • Chosen from Sports Leadership, Sport and the Media and Developing knowledge and skills in Outdoor activities. These units are assessed through an OCR set task focusing on planning and leadership skills, student’s ability to communicate their knowledge to an external audience and demonstrate their planning skills and participate in an outdoor activity.


Pathways after Year 11

Further Study

The Cambridge National L2 in Sports Studies is not just an excellent base for the L3 OCR Technical in Sport at Sixth Form but it also provides solid foundation for an A Level in Physical Education. 

Career Routes

Beyond A Level or the L3 BTEC, the study of Sports Studies can lead on to University degrees in Sports Science, Sports Management, Healthcare, Sports Media as well as Outdoor Education and Coaching.  Sports Studies can also complement further study in terms of Teacher Training and the Fitness Industry. The transferable skills you learn through your study of Sports Studies, such as decision making and independent thinking, are also useful in any career path you choose to take.


Pupil comments 

This is a brand new and exciting course which progresses onto our L3 Technical Award in Sport.



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