Wellington College

Wellington College Belfast

Co-Educational Grammar School

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Physical Education


Key Staff

  • Mr N Carlisle (HoD)
  • Mrs H Carson
  • Mrs H Rose
  • Mrs CJ Smyth
  • Mr J Gilliland

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 Football Basketball/netball
Swimming Skill Development Handball
Minor Games Basketball/netball Tennis
Athletics Athletics Athletics
Rugby Tennis Dance
Hockey Rugby Volleyball
Netball Hockey Rugby
Football   Hockey

The Btec Level 2 First Award in Sport is a vocational qualification at KS4 equivalent to a GCSE.  This qualification will help candidates progress onto Btec Level 3 at KS5.

Candidates must do 4 units over the course of the two years with units 1 and 2 compulsory. The other two units will be chosen by the staff who are delivering the course.  All units are internally assessed except unit 1 which is externally assessed by an exam.  The various units are listed below.

  • Unit 1 : Fitness for Sport and Exercise
  • Unit 2 : Practical Sports Performance
  • Unit 3 : The Mind and Sports Performance
  • Unit 4 : The Sports Performer in Action
  • Unit 5 : Training for Personal Fitness
  • Unit 6 : Leading Sports Activities

Entry criteria

Pupils wishing to study this subject should have a keen interest in Sport and PE.  They should be playing at least some form of competitive sport

National Extended Certificate

  • Equivalent to one A-Level.
  • You study 4 units over the course of 2 years with 3 mandatory units.
  • Mandatory units 1 and 2 are externally assessed exam.
  • Units 3 (mandatory) and unit 4 (optional) are coursework based and assessed internally with external moderation.

Units covered in Year 13:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being

Units covered in Year 14:

  • Professional Development in the Sports Industry
  • Sports Leadership

Entry Criteria

It is advisable to have studied GCSE PE or BTEC Level 2 in Sport before studying BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate 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 to help with the coursework and content.

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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