Rules and regulations for GCSEs (9 to 1) in physical education.


GCSE Subject Level Conditions and Requirements for Physical Education

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This document sets out rules and regulations for GCSEs (9 to 1) in physical education.

Read the associated guidance to understand how to comply with these rules.

You should also read the GCSE (9 to 1) qualification-level conditions and our requirements for all qualifications.

May 2016 update

We have updated our rules to reflect the new subject content for short-course GCSEs in physical education.

Published 8 July 2015
Last updated 10 September 2019 + show all updates


  1. Includes Department for Education's updated PE activity list
  2. Updated the 'Conditions and Guidance for PE' to include annex of Department for Education PE activity list.
  3. Updated rules to reflect new subject content for short-course GCSEs
  4. First published.

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