Physical Education


Head Of Department :  Miss M. Moran

Members Of Staff: Mr K. Blaney,  Miss C. McMahon, Mrs K. McGimpsey, Miss S. Matchett and Mr. C. White & Miss. C. Grimley 

Welcome to St Columbanus’ College PE Department. Our primary aim is to educate our students in the importance of health and fitness so that they can make positive life choices. We also aim to develop skills and qualities such as teamwork, leadership and communication, through a wide range of physical and sporting activities. Every student is supported by staff to develop their self esteem so that they have the confidence to reach their full potential.


  • Sports hall
  • Gymnasium
  • Grass Football pitch
  • 2 All-Weather pitches (football/hockey/athletics)

Subject Information

Key Stage 3 & 4

PE is compulsory for all students in Key Stages 3 and 4. Year 8 and year 9 students are allocated 4 periods of PE a week. Year 10, 11 and 12 students are allocated 2 periods a week.The following activities are on offer:

Athletics Netball
Gymnastics Basketball


Swimming Hockey
Soccer Rugby
Badminton Rounders
Gaelic Football Health Related Physical Education

KS4 Examination PE

Year 11/12 students who chose GCSE PE as an option are timetabled for 7 periods over the two week timetable. The GCSE course is an OCR Cambridge National in Sports Science and is very popular in the College. The course appeals to all ability levels especially to those who have a specific interest in the world of sport. The course builds upon the knowledge and skills acquired in Key Stage 3. GCSE PE is a demanding subject, requiring a high level of commitment, and should be considered by those students prepared to complete an external examination (25% of overall grade) at the end of year 11. Pupils will also complete three units of coursework by the end of year 12 worth 75% of the overall grade. The units studied are:

  • R041- Reducing the Risk of Sports Injuries
  • R042 – Applying the Principles of Training
  • R043 – The Body’s Response to Physical Activity
  • R045 – Sports Nutrition

More information and past paper examples can be found at the website below.

KS5 Examination PE

 Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport

This course takes place over two years and is equivalent to one A-level. BTEC Sport is a demanding, challenging and stimulating course.  It is for students who are interested in the Sports Industry.

The course aims to:

  • Help students to become occupationally ready to take up employment in the sport sector at the appropriate level.
  • Help students to either directly, after achieving the qualification, or via the stepping stone of Higher Education (HE) progress to university or college.

The course is a 360-guided-learning-hour (GLH) qualification that consists of three mandatory units plus one optional unit.  Two of these units are externally assessed and make up 67% of the total qualification GLH. 

Units are assessed using a grading scale of Distinction (D), Merit (M), Pass (P), Near Pass (N) and Unclassified (U). The grade of Near Pass is used for externally-assessed units only. All mandatory and optional units contribute proportionately to the overall qualification grade, for example a unit of 120 GLH will contribute double that of a 60 GLH unit.


The BTEC Nationals attract UCAS points. Please go to the UCAS website for full details of the points allocated.

Students will complete two units in Year 13 and two in Year 14.  Pupils will study the following units over the two years:


Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology 

This unit will be assessed externally by an examination set by Pearson.  The examination will contain a number of short answer and long answer questions.  


Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being


This unit will be assessed externally using an examination set by Pearson.  The examination will contain two parts:


PART A: supplied a set period of time before your examination so that you can carry out independent research about a scenario based on an individual who requires guidance on training, lifestyle and nutrition


PART B: is a written examination under controlled conditions in which you can use your research notes to complete a task that builds on task A.


Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry

This unit will be assessed internally by a series of tasks set by your teacher.  These tasks might take the form of presentations or written documents.  There is also likely to be a strong emphasis on practical demonstrations during which you will be observed.


Unit 5: Application of Fitness Testing

This unit will be assessed through a series of assignments set by your teacher.  They will consist of written assignments but will also include, planning and conducting a series of fitness tests, as well as creating and assessing a fitness profile for a sports performer.