Physical Education

Physical Education Department aims to maintain and stimulate pupil interest and enjoyment in P.E. and to promote health and fitness for current and future lifestyles. By enabling pupils:-

  • To see PE as a major feature in our lives related to leisure, employment and culture.
  • Appreciate its role as part of a wider body of knowledge and skills, e.g. interpersonal and problem solving skills.
  • To use safe practice and to appreciate its importance in P.E.
  • To understand the short and long term effects of exercise on the body.
  • To understand the role of exercise in a fit and healthy lifestyle.

Members of the Department

  • Mrs R Campbell (HOD)
  • Mrs C Quinn
  • Miss G Gibney

Extra-curricular Activity Staff

  • Mr S Jenkins
  • Mr J Donnelly
  • Mr P Strange


KS3 & KS4

At each key stage in non-exam PE the classes vary in size from 18 to 20. Each year group from year 8-12 are allocated 65mins of PE per week throughout the year.
The PE curriculum in Dominican College follows the requirements of the Revised Curriculum for Northern Ireland.


 National & Creative


 Step Aerobics


 Gaelic Football
 Circuit Training
 Body Blitz



AQA Physical Education
The Physical Education course aims to enable the student to experience many aspects related to both participation and understanding. The content includes the development and application of the knowledge, skills and understanding of physical education through selected practical activities. Pupils will develop their knowledge and understanding of the different factors that affect participation and performance. They will understand the role of rules and conventions in selected activities and promote their understanding of the health benefits and risks associated with taking part in physical activity. They will have the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to analyse and improve performance and support their personal and social development through adopting different roles in selected activities when working with others.
Syllabus Content:
Students will build on the work of Years 8 to 10 to form the basis of GCSE study. In order to undertake a course in GCSE, students must show a keen interest, good participation rates and ability in a range of areas:-
 1.  Health, Fitness and a Healthy Active Lifestyle
   This Section includes the following aspects: Health and Fitness and Physical Activity.
 2.   Training.
   This section includes the following aspects: Fitness Training; Physiological Factors and Diet and Fitness for Physical Activities.
 3.   School Influences
   This section includes the following aspects: School; Changing Attitudes; Social Groupings; Leisure Time; Facilities Available.
 4.  Cultural and Social Factors
   This section includes the following aspects: Leisure Time, Fairness and personal and social responsibility and Social Groupings.
 5.  Opportunities and pathways available for becoming or remaining involved in Physical Activities
   This section includes different roles that candidates can be encouraged to adopt e.g. Coach or Umpire.
 6.  International and other Factors
   This section includes Sponsorship, The Media, Safety and Risk Assessment, Technological Developments, the Acquisition of Skill, Competitions and Rules.

In the Practical Coursework component, candidates are required to participate in four different activities and be able to demonstrate their ability to:

  • acquire and develop skills under applied conditions;
  • perform effectively in the full recognised event/version of the game by selecting and applying skills, tactics, and compositional ideas.
Achievement in GCSE:
The coursework component accounts for 60% of the examination marks, the rest are accounted for by a single examination paper. Details of the marking system are shown below:
Written Paper (40%)
Unit 3 - Knowledge and Understanding for The Active Participant (80 marks)
Section A- Objective tests and short answer questions
Section B- Extended written answers, based on a scenario issued as pre-release material prior to examination

Coursework (60%)
Unit 4 - The Active Participant (90 marks)
  • Practical Performance in four activities. (Activities may include Netball, Climbing, Circuit Training, Step Aerobics or Rounders)


Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport
This BTEC qualification has been developed in the sport and active leisure sector to:
  • provide education and training for sport, leisure and recreation employees
  • give sport, leisure and recreation employees opportunities to achieve a nationally recognised level 3 vocationally specific qualification
  • give full-time learners the opportunity to enter employment in the sport and active leisure sector or to progress to higher education vocational qualifications such as the Edexcel BTEC Higher Nationals in Sport or related areas
  • give learners the opportunity to develop a range of techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.
The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport is a 60-credit and 360-guided-learning-hour (GLH) qualification that consists of three mandatory units plus one mandatory specialist unit plus optional units that provide for a combined total of 60 credits (where at least 45 credits must be at level 3 or above).

Mandatory Units:
 1.   Principles of anatomy and physiology in sport (5 credits)
   a.  the structure and function of the skeletal system
   b.  the structure and function of the muscular system
   c.  the structure and function of the cardiovascular system
   d.  the structure and function of the respiratory system
   e.  the different types of energy systems.
 2.  The physiology of fitness (5 credits)
   a.  the body’s response to acute exercise
   b.  the long-term effects of exercise on the body systems
   c.  be able to investigate the physiological effects of exercise on the body systems.
 3. Assessing risk in sport (10 credits)
   a.  Know the key factors that influence health and safety in sport
   b.  Be able to carry out risk assessments
   c.  Know how to maintain the safety of participants and colleagues in a sports environment
   d.  Be able to plan a safe sporting activity.


Mandatory Specialist Unit:

 4.  Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise (10 credits)
   a.  Know a range of laboratory-based and field-based fitness tests
   b.  Be able to use health screening techniques
   c.  Be able to administer appropriate fitness tests
   d.  Be able to interpret the results of fitness tests and provide feedback.



Three Optional Units:

  1. Fitness training and programming (10 credits)
  2. Current issues in sport (10 credits)
  3. Sports coaching (10 credits)

All units are internally assessed.

All assessment for the BTEC qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of specified learning outcomes. Each unit within the qualification has specified assessment and grading criteria which are to be used for grading purposes. A summative unit grade can be awarded at pass, merit or distinction:
  • to achieve a ‘pass’ a learner must have satisfied all the pass assessment criteria
  • to achieve a ‘merit’ a learner must additionally have satisfied all the merit grading criteria
  • to achieve a ‘distinction’ a learner must additionally have satisfied all the distinction grading criteria.
Learners who complete the unit but who do not meet all the pass criteria are graded ‘unclassified’.


Extra-curricular Activities
Sport provides a means whereby the physical, social and moral development of the pupils can be channelled. The specific aims are as follows:
  • To help the pupils reach the optimum development of physical fitness and wellbeing.
  • To contribute to the pupils emotional and social wellbeing and to develop social confidence.
  • To give pupils the opportunity to share the values of sport both as players and spectators.
  • To develop values such as loyalty, integrity and tolerance towards each other, their school and community.
  • To enable pupils, without discrimination, to meet each other in play situations.
  • To provide challenge, excitement and adventure in life.
  • To help pupils acquire and assimilate knowledge concerning physical activity, diet, hygiene and personal appearance.
  • Through knowledge and experience the pupil will develop a genuine interest in sport and be encouraged to continue with an active role in sport during adult life.
  • To ensure the awareness of safety within the physical activity and to underline the responsibility of respect for people and equipment.


 Gaelic Football
 Circuit Training
 Body Blitz




BTEC Fitness Testing


Cross Country


iPad in the Classroom


Key Stage 3


Rounders Blitz




International Netball


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