GCSE Physical Education (8582) updated specification

Thursday 11 Feb 2021

The Department for Education (DfE) has recently updated the activity list for GCSE PE to include additional information for Athletics. You’ll already know that these new GCSE PE activities can be taught from September 2020 and will be assessed in 2022.

Additional information for athletics

Long distance track running must not exceed 5,000 metres. Cross country running must not exceed 6,500 metres.

We’ve updated the GCSE PE specification (version1.4) to reflect this change. The group 4 table on page 61 of the pdf version of the specification now reads:

  • Cross country (girls) 3.5k–6.5k
  • Cross country (boys) 5k–6.5k

When referring to a specification, please make sure you refer to the latest version.