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St Colman's High & Sixth Form College, Ballynahinch

Physical Education


Course Outline

Every student in Year 8 to Year 12 has a one-hour lesson per week. Core PE does not lead to a formal qualification.

A wide range of activities are available in lessons and after school clubs:

  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Camogie
  • Dance
  • Fitness (aerobics/ circuits)
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Gaelic Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hurling
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Table Tennis
  • Volleyball

Students will cover most of these activities throughout Year 8 to Year 12.


Throughout each activity you will be assessed and given a curriculum grade.


Students in Year 11 and 12 will have the opportunity to study GCSE PE.

Course Outline

We follow the Edexcel PE Board and the course is broken up into two areas:

Practical Performance (including coursework) – 40%

  • Demonstrate ability in three practical areas which are externally moderated at the end of the course
  • Coursework includes a Personal Exercise Programme (PEP), detailing improvement in various components of fitness

Two Written Papers – 60%

  • Paper 1 (36%):
    • Applied Anatomy and Physiology
    • Movement Analysis
    • Physical Training
    • Use of Data
  • Paper 2 (24%)
    • Health, Fitness and Well-being
    • Sport Psychology
    • Socio-cultural Influences
    • Use of Data

Both papers will consist multiple-choice, short-answer and extended writing questions and assessed in May/June of the Year 12 year.


At Post 16 students have the opportunity to study the Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in Sport. This course is an A Level equivalent and is 100% coursework based.

Course Outline

Students will cover seven units over the course, (four in Year 13 and three in Year 14) as there is no exam unit, portfolios will make up 100% of the final mark.

  • Units
  • Unit 1 - Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
  • Unit 2 - Sports Coaching
  • Unit 3 - Current Issues in Sport
  • Unit 4 - The Physiology of Fitness
  • Unit 6 - Psychology for Sports Performance
  • Unit 7/11 - Practical Team Sports/Individual Sports
  • Unit 15 - Sports Injuries

Grading is as follows:

Distinction* (A*)

Distinction (A)

Merit (C)

Pass (E)

This course can lead to University to study a degree in the sports industry such as: Physiotherapist, Sports Psychologist, PE Teacher, Fitness Instructor, Sports Nutritionist etc.