The syllabus provides learners with an opportunity to study both the practical and theoretical aspects of physical education. It is designed to encourage enjoyment in physical activity by providing learners with an opportunity to take part in a range of physical activities and develop an understanding of effective and safe physical performance. This helps learners to develop an appreciation of the necessity for sound understanding of the principles, practices and training that underpin improved performance, better health and well-being.

Student experience


What do you enjoy about the subject?

Saurav: I enjoy PE. It’s to do with sports and I like sports. The teachers are very good as well and I enjoy learning about the human anatomy.

Jay Ren: I’m pretty much the same. I’m very passionate about sports so PE allows me to learn about sports in many different ways, be it about skills or maybe about how the body works. So yeah, that’s why I like it.


What is the most challenging thing about the subject?

Lydia: The theory aspect of it.

Jay Ren: The theory aspect is definitely challenging.

Lydia: There’s a lot to remember. There’s a lot of definitions and terms.

Jay Ren: A lot of content to get through.


Why did you choose this subject?

Lydia: Because I like sports.

Jay Ren: Personally, I chose the subject because I thought it would be a sort of ‘destress subject’


Was there anything in the subject that was different from your initial expectations?

Saurav: I thought it would be easy but it’s actually pretty hard.

Lydia: The amount of theory work you have to do.

Jay Ren: I totally did not think about that. I really thought it was just a lot of practical and a bit of theory.


What were the main changes from year 9?

Lydia: First of all, everything you did in year 9 was just sports. There’s no theory.


What do lessons look like in terms of writing, independent study, collaboration, assessment etc?

Saurav: A lot of notes.

Jay Ren: A lot. A lot.

Saurav: A lot of writing

Jay Ren: A lot of notetaking.

Lydia: But not a lot of homework.

Saurav: There are a lot of tests.


What do your practical lessons look like?

Jay Ren: Basically the teacher will choose a sport that the class has to do together. So basically for the first few weeks we’ll practice the sport together. We’ll practice the skills of the sport and eventually the teacher will start selecting people to get filmed so that we can send that to the UK and get marked on our video footage.


How much homework or independent study will I be doing a week in this subject?

Saurav: Not a lot. I mean revising to remember the definitions and stuff. That’s basically it.


What are the skills or knowledge you can develop in this subject and why are they useful?

Jay Ren: For me personally, I’ll find PE really useful because I want to be a physiotherapist maybe in the future so PE will be really useful because it teaches you about the human anatomy.


Any tips for the new PE students?

Lydia: Study hard from the beginning.

Saurav: Yeah, you shouldn’t take it lightly because it’s actually a lot of work.

Jay Ren: It is fun but yeah don’t, don’t take it lightly


How do you study for the subjects?

Jay Ren: Mr Faulker, he likes to give us flashcards so I use them quite a lot in my revision. How about you?

Saurav: Yeah, I basically just look through my notes.


Will taking any other subject help me to be successful in this one?

Jay Ren: I guess maybe from what you learn from sciences, maybe bio, it can help a bit.

Overview by Mr. Faulkner


Describe your subject in 3 words

Enjoyable. Practical. Theoretical


What are the top 3 skills needed to be successful in your subject?

You need a passion for sports. You need to be able to transfer learning to a practical situation and vice versa and you need to be able to retain knowledge.


How does your subject promote personal development?

PE builds confidence. I offers opportunities to try new things and new sports and it improves your communication and your team work skills.


How does your subject promote professional development?

There are many career paths involving sport. Knowledge and understanding of our body and how we learn is really important for doctors, sports scientists and teachers.


What’s the best thing about your subject?

That it really improves your understanding of our bodies and how they work and how we learn and it’s also it’s also related to practicals.

Papers in IGCSE PE


Paper 1: Theory

1 hour 45 minutes

40% of total marks

100 marks

Section A:

Short answer questions on each of the three units: Factors affecting performance; Health, safety and training; Reasons and opportunities for participation in physical activity Section B:

Three structured questions, one from each of the three units studied.


Component 2: Coursework

60% of total marks

Candidates choose to undertake four practical activities (50% of total marks). Candidates must show the ability to analyse and improve practical performance in one of their four chosen practical activities (10% of total marks).

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