GCSE Physical Education

The current specification (version 1.2) is for courses commencing September 2018. In summer 2019, we’ll accept practical assessments based on both the previous (version 1.1) and updated (version 1.2) specifications.

  • Teaching from: September 2016
  • Exams from: June 2018
  • Specification code: 8582
  • QAN code: 601/8279/9

We’ve worked closely with teachers and the Youth Sport Trust to develop a new specification with topics that will help all students to develop a well-rounded skill set and progress to further studies.

The activity list and the practical weighting will be the same across all exam boards, but we’ve worked hard to ensure that our new specification is engaging and our assessment clearer.

There’ll be free resources, events and practical guidance to support you with planning, teaching and preparing your students for assessment.


Specification at a glance

Past papers and mark schemes

Teaching resources



Prepare for your teaching year. Information, support and services to help you deliver the specification.

All planning resources



Teaching resources that you can use to plan your lessons and support your students’ learning.

All teaching resources



Prepare your students for assessment. Specimen and past papers, mark schemes, example answers.

All assessment resources

Key dates

  • 13 May 2020 Exam for GCSE Physical Education Paper 1 (8582/1)
    Series: June 2020
    Start time: pm
    Duration: 1h 15m
  • 15 May 2020 Exam for GCSE Physical Education Paper 2 (8582/2)
    Series: June 2020
    Start time: pm
    Duration: 1h 15m
  • 31 May 2020 Coursework deadline for GCSE Physical Education and Sport (8582/C)
    Schools and colleges may set their own internal deadlines

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Thinking of teaching GCSE Physical Education and Sport with us?

Talk to us

8am–5pm Monday to Friday
Tel: 01483 477822
Email: pe@aqa.org.uk