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St Colman's High & Sixth Form College, Ballynahinch

Physical Education

Examination Board: OCR 

Specification: Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in Sport

Why study PE?

PE covers a vast range of theoretical components and gives the students an insight into the increasingly popular world of Sports Science.

It addresses the role of PE in today’s society and allows students to comprehend the detailed planning behind professional sport.

What will I learn about? During this course you will:

  • Gain advanced knowledge in areas of PE.
  • Develop a variety of problem solving skills.
  • Improve your time management and organisational skills.
  • Create a range of assessment projects that uses various ICT programmes.
  • Develop your comprehension and interest in various areas of PE.
  • Obtain a qualification that will make you attractive to future employers.

How is it taught?

The students learn the theoretical components for each unit from the class teacher. The students will then complete a set number of tasks in a variety of forms to complete the assessment requirements as set out by the examination board. There is no exam, therefore the unit portfolios make up 100% of the final mark. There are seven units to complete over the two years (four in Year 13 and three in Year 14). The grading of each task and each overall unit is set as a ‘pass’, ‘merit’ or ‘distinction’ with a ‘distinction star’ being possible at the end of the overall course.

How will I be assessed?

Unit 1 – Principles of Anatomy & 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/Individual Sports

Unit 15 – Sports Injuries

Pathways to future careers/courses PE at Level 3 can lead you to study a degree in Sports Science, which is a growing industry with many jobs attributed to it: Physiotherapist, Sports Psychologist, PE Teacher, Nutritionist, Strength & Conditioning Coach, Sports Coaching, Fitness Instructor, Sports Physiologist, Dietician, Sports Administration, Sports Development Officer, Sports Analyst, Sporting Journalism, Drugs in Sport Education & Welfare, Sporting Events Organiser, Sports Science Research & Development, and Sports Technology Designer.

Entry requirements

5 A*- C