Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment

GCSE Physical Education

For first teaching from September 2017
A guide to changes in GCSE Grading

Our GCSE Physical Education specification develops studentsí understanding of health, physical fitness and the role of the active leisure industry in improving health and fitness. Students learn about how the body works, the factors that can affect health, and how to plan and lead a healthier lifestyle.

A practical element reinforces studentsí theoretical learning. They choose the physical activities and/or sports they want to perform from a list that we have designed to cover as many options as possible. Additionally, centres can request to include activities and/or sports that are not on our list. Students also analyse and evaluate the quality of their own and othersí performances, including fitness levels, attitudes and compliance with the rules.

The specification provides a strong base for further study. It includes the option of event management, which is also covered in our GCE Sports Science and the Active Leisure Industry qualification.

Specification and Specimen Assessment Materials

Our GCSE in Physical Education is a linear qualification: students take all the assessment at the end of the course.

The specification has three units:

  • Component 1: Factors Underpinning Health and Performance
  • Component 2: Developing Performance
  • Component 3: Individual Performances in Physical Activities and Sports.

(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

Specification (Irish-Medium)
(PDF), Last Updated: 10 October 2017
Specification (Irish-Medium)

Related Circulars

Further information on the use of eCandidate Record Sheets in 2019 (S/IF/46/18)
(PDF), Last Updated: 30 August 2018

Expansion of eCRS to Include Visiting Moderated Units/Components (S/IF/34/18)
(PDF), Last Updated: 18 June 2018

Updated Documents (S/IF/52/16)
(PDF), Last Updated: 19 December 2016

Specimen Assessment Materials

Specimen Assessment Materials
(PDF), Last Updated: 12 February 2018

Specimen Assessment Materials (Irish-Medium)
(PDF), Last Updated: 13 October 2017

Past Papers

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Controlled Assessment

In this specification Component 3: Individual Performances in Physical Activities and Sports is a controlled assessment component. It requires students to perform three physical activities and/or sports, and evaluate their own and othersí performances.

E-Moderation FAQs: Compulsory use of eCandidate Record Sheet (eCRS)
(PDF), Last Updated: 08 November 2018

GCSE Physical Education Presentation (Component 3 - G9773), eCandidate Record Sheet (eCRS), Summer 2019
(PDF), Last Updated: 08 November 2018


Candidate Record Sheet
(PDF), Last Updated: 11 August 2017

Component 3: Teachers Guide to Individual Performance in Physical Activities and Sports
(PDF), Last Updated: 19 July 2018

Component 3a. Non-Centre Controlled Assessment Form
(PDF), Last Updated: 20 September 2017

GCSE Physical Education Instructions to Teachers Summer 2018
(PDF), Last Updated: 21 December 2017

Planning Framework
(DOCX), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

Student Guide
(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2017