Physical Education



IGCSE PE is a 2-year course that offers pupils the opportunity to study a wide variety of content within a sport and exercise context. The syllabus provides learners with the opportunity to study both the theoretical and practical aspects of Physical Education. It has been designed to encourage enjoyment in physical activity by providing learners with an opportunity to take part in a range of activities to develop an understanding of effective and safe physical performance. This help learners develop an appreciation of the necessity of sound understanding of the principles, practices and training that underpin improved performance, better health and well-being.


Candidates will cover the following areas of study:

  1. Anatomy and Physiology
  2. Health, fitness and training
  3. Skill acquisition and psychology
  4. Social, cultural, and ethical influences




IGSCE Physical Education

(grades A*-G)


(Paper 1)


(Assessed against 4 activities)

50% weighting

100 marks

1hr 45 mins


50% weighting

100 marks

Students are assessed across 4 physical activities from at least two of the seven categories listed: (Games activities, Gymnastics activities, Dance, Athletic activities, Outdoor adventurous activities, Swimming activities, Combat activities).

Each sporting activity is marked out of 25.


  • Physiotherapist
  • Gym Instructor
  • PE teacher
  • Sports Science
  • Sports Coach
  • Nutritionist

Please click on the arrow for a detailed breakdown:

Unit / Block of workKey Episodes / QuestionsColour CodeLength of time.Possible Symbol?Learner Attribute(s)
TrainingPrinciples of training and overloadGreen Weight trainingReflective
 Methods of training   open minded
 Warming up and cooling down   Knowledgeable 
Health and Well BeingHealth and well-beingGreen Male and female runningOpen minded
 Fitness   Reflective
 Diet and energy sources  Food plate/scalesBalanced
 Components of fitness   Inquirer
 Fitness training   Inquirer
 VO2 Max   Reflective
The Skeletal and Muscular SystemSkeleton and it’s fucntionsRed A SkeletonThinker
 Joint structure and function  Joints 
 Movement at joints    
 Muscles  Muscles 
 Antagonistic muscle action  Tricep & Bicep 
 Muscle fibre types  Muscle fibre 
Respiratory SystemThe pathway of air and gasous exchangeRed The Lungs 
 The mechanics of breathing    
 Breathing volumes and minute ventilation  SpirometerBalanced
Circulatory SystemComponents of bloodRed Vessels 
 Heart structure and function  The Heart(blue/red) 
 Cardiac output  The Heart 
Energy Supply and the Effects of Exercise on the BodyAerobic and anaerobic respirationRed Runners Reflective
 Recovery  Lactic acid equationReflective
 Short-term effects of exercise  breathing rate chartPrincipled
 Long-term effects of exercise  HeartThinker
Skill and Skill AcquisitionSkill and abilityOrange Basketballer doing a layup 
 Skilled performance  golfer 
 Skill classificaition  Contuniuumopen minded
 Simple information-processing model  computorCommunicator 
 The stages of learning   Caring
 Feedback  person speakingCommunicator 
 Guidance   Caring
Simple BiomechanicsPrinciples of forceRed Isaac newtonInquirer
 Applications of force  A lever Risk taking
 Levers  A lever Knowledgeable 


Year 10 BTEC Sport
Unit / Block of workKey Episodes / QuestionsColour CodeLength of time.Possible Symbol?Learner Attribute(s)
Unit 1: Principles of Fitness and Fitness TrainingLearning aim A: Understand the components of fitness 30 Hours  
 A1 Components of physical-related fitness    
 A2 Components of skill-related fitness    
 A3 Fitness tests to assess components of fitness
– Administration and description of all fitness tests
 A4 Classification of sport for team or individual    
 Learning aim B: Support the administration of fitness tests for different components of fitness    
 B1 Explore specific fitness tests for client
– Importance of factors that need to be considered when administering fitness tests
 B2 Planning of fitness test    
 B3 Administering fitness tests    
 Learning aim C: Evaluate fitness testing data    
 C1 Produce a fitness profile for a selected sports performer    
 C2 Provide feedback to a selected sports performer    
Unit 5: Practical SportLearning aim A: Explore the rules, laws and regulations, and the roles and responsibilities of officials in selected sports 60 hours  
 A1 Rules, laws and regulations of selected sports    
 A2 Types of officials    
 A3 Roles and responsibilities of officials    
 A4 Applications of the rules, laws and regulations    
 Learning aim B: Know the skills, techniques and tactics required to participate in selected sports    
 B1 Skills required to perform in a sport    
 B2 Techniques of each of the skills    
 B3 Tactical demands required to perform in a sports performance    
 Learning aim C: Demonstrate skills, techniques and tactics in selected sports    
 C1 Safe and appropriate participation    
 C2 Correct application of skills, techniques and tactics    
 C3 Effective use of skills, techniques and tactics in specific practices or situations    
 Learning aim D: Carry out a review of performance of self and others in selected sports    
 D1 Assessment methods to review the performance of the skills and techniques in selected sports    
 D1 Assessment methods to review the performance of the skills and techniques in selected sports    
 D3 Developments plan to improve performance    
Unit 2: Training for Personal FitnessLearning aim A: Design a personal fitness training programme for a selected sports performer 30 hours  
 A1 Personal information to aid training programme design    
 A2 The basic principles of training (FITT)    
 A3 Programme design    
 A4 Classification of sport for team or individual    
 Learning aim B: Perform a self-designed fitness training programme for selected sports performer    
 B1 Safely implement a short-term personal fitness training programme    
 B2 Training diary for each session recording    
 Learning aim C: Review a personal fitness training programme    
 C1 Review the programme    
Unit 7: Anatomy and Physiology for SportLearning aim A: Know about the structure and function of the
musculoskeletal system
 30 hours  
 A1 Structure of the musculoskeletal system    
 A2 Functions of the musculoskeletal system    
 A3 Joints    
 Learning aim B: Know about the structure and function of the cardiorespiratory system    
 B1 Structure of the cardiovascular system    
 B2 Structure of the respiratory system    
 B3 Functions of the cardiovascular system    
 B4 Functions of the respiratory system    
Year 10 BTEC Sport
Unit / Block of workKey Episodes / QuestionsColour CodeLength of time.Possible Symbol?Learner Attribute(s)
Unit 9: Planning and Leading Sports EventsLearning aim A: Explore sports events 60 hours  
 A1 Sports events
 • Types of sports event
 A2 Sports event considerations
• Purpose of sports event
 Learning aim B: Plan, prepare and lead sports events    
 B1 Key participant considerations of sports events    
 B2 Key event considerations    
 B3 Roles and responsibilities involved in planning and leading a sports event    
 B4 Leading a sports event    
 B5 Contributing to the planning and leading of a sports event    
 Learning aim C: Review the planning and leading of a sports events    
 C1 Review focus    
 C2 Writing an action plan for future sports events    
Unit 8: Sports-related Injuries and IllnessesLearning aim A: Explore the risks and hazards associated with sports participation 30 hours  
 A1 People-related risks and hazards    
 A2 Equipment-related risks and hazards    
 A3 Environment-related risks and hazards    
 Learning aim B: Discuss different injuries and illnesses associated with sports participation    
 B1 Causes of injury    
 B2 Types of injury    
 B3 Types and signs of illness    
 Learning aim C: Describe the responses to injury and injury care    
 C1 Physiological responses to injury    
 C2 Psychological responses to injury    
 C3 Basic care of physiological injuries    
 C4 Basic care to help support recovery    
 C5 Basic care of psychological injuries    


Unit / Block of workKey Episodes / QuestionsColur CodePossible Symbol?Learner Attribute(s)
PsychologyGoal-setting OrangeInverted U’ graph 
 Motivation and mental preparation   
 Relaxation techniques   
 Personality types   
Social and cultural influencesLeisure, recreation and the growth of leisure activities   
 The sports development pyramid   
 Access and participation in sportBlueTelevision 
 Global events   
 Professional and amateur performers   
 Technology in sport   
Ethics and other issuesPerformance-enhancing drugs (PEDs)BlueA syringe 
 Blood doping   
 Riks and risk assessment