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Physical Education IGCSE (0413)

Physical Education IGCSE (0413) studies the practical and theoretical aspects of Fitness and Sports with effective and safe physical performance.

About Cambridge IGCSE Physical Education

Physical Education Syllabus overview

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.

Knowledge for Fitness Professionals

Cambridge IGCSE Physical Education encourages learners to develop:

  • knowledge, skills and understanding of a range of relevant physical activities
  • an ability to plan, perform and evaluate physical activities
  • an understanding of effective and safe performance
  • an understanding of the role of sport and physical activity in society and in the wider world
  • an excellent foundation for advanced study
  • an enjoyment of physical activity.

The physical education programme balance a thorough knowledge and understanding of the fitness and sport related subject. It helps learners to develop the skills needed for their next steps in education or employment in the fitness sector or sports industry.

Content overview: Physical Education

The syllabus provides candidates with an opportunity to study both the practical and theoretical aspects of Physical Education. It is also designed to foster enjoyment in physical activity. The knowledge gained should enable candidates to develop an understanding of effective and safe physical performance.

Candidates will study all of the following topics:

  1. Anatomy and physiology
  2. Health, fitness and training
  3. Skill acquisition and psychology
  4. Social, cultural and ethical influences
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Fitness Seminar

Karven Club provides a one day training course at their gym for our upper high school ‘physical education’ classes. The seminar will cover medical aspects and correct training procedures.


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Sport Program

Fitness and Physical Education is important to us. Please read the description of our sport program, if you want to learn more about our physical activities.

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Local Relevance

The sports industry is booming in the Kyrgyz Republic. Being active and fit has become a mainstream lifestyle component for the young to middle aged generation.

Interest in the active participation in sport events, like public marathons, is on the rise. While on the rise, the sports sector has not yet reached its huge potential. 

This opens up many career opportunities for people trained in sports as a business, from professional trainers to facility and sport event managers. 


IGCSE diploma

Students graduate with an Cambridge IGCSE diploma. Each IGCSE course has three hours a week over two years.

Why choose Cambridge IGCSE?

Cambridge IGCSE is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide, and is an international passport to progression and success. It provides a solid foundation for moving on to university studies.

Why choose Cambridge International?

The Cambridge system prepares school students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning.

Universities and employers know that Cambridge exams are conducted with due process and objectively reflect the knowledge and skill level of the learner.

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The Fitness Sector

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Anatomy and Physiology

IGCSE Physical Education provides the deep knowledge you’d expect a fitness professional to have. This includes medical knowledge about anatomy and physiology, as well as psychology. Therefore Physical Education is great choice for fitness orientated students aiming to go into the medical field. Due to its focus on application it perfectly complements science courses like biology.

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Partnership with Karven Sport Club

SRIS and the Karven Club are working together to promote health and nutrition alongside education. Karven Sport Club is a leading premium fitness club with gym, swimming pool, kickboxing and tennis facilities

Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus

Sports in Physical Education

Physical Education IGCSE (0413) covers fitness and gyms


Strength resistance training.

 Physical Education IGCSE (0413) covers athletics


Physical Education IGCSE (0413) covers football, soccer



Physical Education IGCSE (0413) covers volleyball



Physical Education IGCSE (0413) covers handball


Physical Education IGCSE (0413) covers golf


Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus

Theory in Physical Education


Anatomy and physiology

  • Skeletal and muscular system
    • Functions of the skeleton
    • Joint structure and function
    • Muscles
    • Antagonistic muscle action
  • Respiratory system
  • Circulatory system
  • Energy supply and the effects of exercise on the body
  • Simple biomechanics

Health and Fitness

  • Health and well-being
    • Physical health, mental health and social health
  • The relationship between health and fitness
  • Fitness Testing
  • Diet and Energy Sources
  • VO2max – maximum oxygen uptake

Training (Professional Trainer Knowledge)

  • Principles of training and overload
  • How to apply SPORT and FITT to a training programme.
  • Principles of training (SPORT):
    • Specificity, Progression, Overload, Reversibility, Tedium.
  • Principles of overload (FITT):
    • Frequency, Intensity, Time, Type (method of training).
  • Methods of training
    • Continuous training
    • Weight training
    • Fartlek training
    • Plyometric training
    • Circuit training
    • High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
  • High-altitude training as a specialist training method
  • Reasons for warming up and cooling down

Skill acquisition

  • Skill and ability
  • Skilled performance
  • Simple information-processing model
  • The stages of learning

Psychology in Physical Education

  • Goal-setting
  • Motivation and mental prepartion
  • Arousal and Anxiety
  • Relaxation techniques

Social, cultural and ethical influences

  • Leisure and recreation
  • Growth in leisure activities
  • The sports development pyramid
  • Sponsorship
  • Sports coverage on Media
  • Global sports events
  • Professional and amateur performers
  • Technology and its impact on sports
  • Factors affecting access and participation in physical activities

Ethics and Risks in Sports

  • Performance enhancing drugs (PEDs)
  • Disadvantages of PEDs
  • Blood doping
  • Sportsmanship and gamesmanship
  • Risk assessment
  • Injuries
Physical Education IGCSE (0413) studies the practical and theoretical aspects of Fitness and Sports with effective and safe physical performance.

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