Wellington College

Wellington College Belfast

Co-Educational Grammar School

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Physical Education

Physical Education

Key Staff

  • Mr N Carlisle (HoD)
  • Mrs H Carson
  • Mr P Chambers
  • Mrs H Rose
  • Mrs CJ Smyth

The Physical Education Department aims to ensure that each pupil will experience a broad and balanced Physical Education programme, taught in a safe and supportive environment

The following activities are offered at Key Stage 3:

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Gymnastics Gymnastics Badminton
Dance Swimming Basketball/netball
Swimming Skill Development Health related PE
Minor Games Basketball/netball Tennis
Athletics Athletics Athletics
Rugby Tennis Dance
Hockey Rugby Volleyball
Netball Hockey Rugby

Specification for GCSE

You can find full details of the course at:

www.aqa.org.uk - go to GCSE qualifications and select Physical Education.

The specification in brief;


Written Paper 1 1/2 hours worth 40%

Section A - Objective tests and short answer questions

Section B - Extended written answers, based on a scenario issued as pre-release material prior to the exam.


Worth 60%

  • 4 assessments from at least two groups
  • At least 2 performances must be as a performer.
  • At least one must be in a different role.

The course allows pupils to choose from a wide range of activities and gives them the opportunity to select a variety of roles such as coach or official.

Entry Criteria for GCSE PE

Pupils must have competed, on a regular basis in the past year, in a least one activity for a Wellington College team and in at least one other activity for a club inside or outside of the College. Students must also have attained an overall grade A or B average throughout Year 9 & 10 activities.

If oversubscribed, pupils will be selected for Physical Education on the basis of their grades in Year 9 and Year 10 activities.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport

The subsidiary diploma in sport is the UCAS equivalent in points to that of an A-Level.

It is a 60 credit course with the units shown below along with their credit rating.

Below units covered in Yr 13

  • Unit 1 –Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport (5 credits)
  • Unit 2 – The physiology of fitness (5 credits)
  • Unit 3 – Assessing risk in sport (10 credits)
  • Unit 7 – Fitness testing for Sport and Exercise (10 credits)

Below Units covered in Yr 14

  • Unit 11 – Sports Nutrition (10 credits)
  • Unit 17 – Psychology for sports performance
  • Unit 28 – The athlete’s Lifestyle

Entry Criteria

It is advisable to have studied GCSE PE before studying BTEC in Sport but this is not essential.  Pupils must be actively involved in sport both training and competing.  It is also important to have good grades in English and Science with the majority of the work coursework based.

The sports industry is competitive but a sport science degree can set you up with key skills, which can help you to succeed in many careers

Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

  • Exercise physiologist
  • Fitness center manager
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Sports administrator
  • Sports coach
  • Sports development officer
  • Sports therapist

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

  • Event organizer
  • Health promotion specialist
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Outdoor activities/education manager
  • Sport and exercise psychologist

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