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Ms J Doherty-Clarke (Leader of Learning)
Mrs R Hicks
Mrs J Graham
Miss L Hill
Mr E Loughran


In Year 8, 9 and 10 students receive one 80 minute lesson of PE per week.  The following activities are taught as part of the core PE programme at KS3.

Year 8 Year 9 Year 10
Netball Netball Netball
Hockey Gymnastics Football or Badminton
Gymnastics Fitness for Health Fitness For Health
Athletics Athletics Athletics
Dance Football Rounders

All pupils must wear the full school PE kit in all PE lessons; that is

  • Red GMS Polo shirt
  • Navy GMS Tracksuit bottoms/School leggings/black skinny tracksuit bottoms with badge
  • Red GMS Hoody (optional)
  • Socks (trainer socks or red hockey socks)
  • Trainers (NO plimsoles, converse or vans allowed)

No jewellery is allowed to be worn in PE lessons and long hair should be tied back.

KS4 Core PE

In Year 11 and 12 students receive one 80 minute lesson of Core PE per week.

Year 11 Core PE

In term 1 of Year 11 all students complete two Core PE units; Fitness For Health (unit 1) and Leadership Skills. In terms 2 and 3 pupils follow an options programme where they can select the 3 different activities they wish to pursue; each for an 8 week unit.

Year 12 Core PE

In Year 12 all pupils complete one Core PE Unit; Fitness For Health (Unit 2).  For the remaining 3 Units pupils follow an options programme where they can select the activities they wish to pursue; each for an 8 week Unit.

Examples of activities included in the KS4 options programme are as follows:

Boxercise Cheerleading Lacrosse
Netball Body Combat Volleyball
Badminton Football Circuit Training
Gymnastics Fitness Suite Aerobics
Tag Rugby Fun Games Trampolining
Dance Rounders

Sports Science (L2 – GCSE EQUIVALENT) 

How the subject is assessed?
Unit 1: Reducing the risk of sports injuries

  • Written paper
  • 1 hour
  • 60 marks

Unit 2: Applying Principles of Training

  • Coursework
  • 60 marks

Additional Units

  • Sports Nutrition (coursework) – 60 marks
  • Technology in Sport (coursework) – 60 marks

Requirements of the Course:

All Sports Science students should have an interest for sporting activity and the desire to improve their Leadership skills. You will learn about injury prevention and improving your personal fitness as well as creating appropriate training programmes including nutrition and technology.

There is an expectation that Sports Science students will commit to extra-curricular clubs during this two-year course, in order to apply learning in the sporting context.

Additional Information

If you enjoyed all aspects of Key Stage 3 PE and would like to develop your knowledge and understanding of key areas of sports science this is the course for you!

Studying this course will help you gain confidence and provide you with a sound basis for improving your leadership skills. It will also support study of the Level 3 OCR Cambridge Technical in Sport.

Level 3 Sport and Physical Activity (OCR) (Level 3) (Cambridge Technical) (Extended Certificate)

This is a two-year programme of study. There are three mandatory units and two optional.

Mandatory units:
Unit 1 – Body systems and the effects of physical activity (Externally assessed written examination)
Unit 2 – Sports coaching and activity leadership (Internally assessed coursework)
Unit 3 – Sports organisation and development (Externally assessed written examination)

Optional units of work will be completed in Year two of the course and will be confirmed on completion of Year 1.

Students will complete Unit 1 and unit 2 in Year 13 and will be awarded a certificate which is equivalent to an AS grade. Completing the remaining units in Year 14 will enable the student to top up their qualification to the extended certificate.

Ongoing assessment of coursework and completion of external examinations will determine the grade awarded.

Students will achieve either an overall Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* grade equivalent to A-Level Grade A*-E.

Course Requirements:
It is not essential for students to have studied Sports Science at KS4 level but this will be a sound platform for this course.

Attendance must be excellent as this course requires practical work to be completed.

Additional Information:
Students will also participate in a practical Sports Coaching programme in partnership with Community Sports Network (CSN) where they will gain a number of grassroots sports coaching qualifications and the L3 Higher Sports Leadership Award, which will earn students 16 additional UCAS tariff points.

Level 3 Certificate in Higher Sports Leadership

The Course:

The Level 3 Certificate in Higher Sports Leadership is a nationally recognised qualification that enables successful learners to lead un-supervised groups of people in sport and recreational activities.

The qualification teaches generic leadership skills such as organisation, planning, communication and teamwork through the medium of sport. It is a fun and practical qualification, with no entrance requirement or final examinations to sit.

Age: 16 and over at the start but at least 17 year old for certification

Guided learning hours: 107 hours (including 30 hours demonstration of leadership).

On completion: Qualified Higher Sports Leaders can only lead under indirect supervision at 17 years old.

They can lead independently from 18.

The qualification will take approximately 107 guided learning hours. However, various factors such as the learner/tutor ratio, the number of learners and the experience levels of the learners will influence the time allocated to the delivery of any given course.

In order for your learners to complete their Level 3 Certificate in Higher Sports Leadership they must complete a total of 30 hours demonstration of leadership. These 30 hours are made up of the learners completing 10 hours during Unit 2 and then completing a minimum of 20 hours over two of the three optional units below:

  • Unit 2 – Provision of sport within the community (mandatory unit)
  • Unit 6 – Lead sport/activity sessions for children (optional unit)
  • Unit 7 – Lead sport/activity sessions for older people (optional unit)
  • Unit 8 – Lead sport/activity sessions for disabled people (optional unit)


As part of the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (COPE) Year 13 pupils who select the COPE Sport option take part in a Sports Leadership programme called the SheerSkill programme in partnership with BCSDN, St Patrick’s College, BBMS and Little Flower Girls School. Pupils have the opportunity to gain the following coaching qualifications during the programme:

  • Grassroots Soccer (IFA)
  • Mini Volleyball (Volleyball NI)
  • Kwik Cricket (Cricket Ireland)
  • Tennis Leader’s Award (Ulster Tennis)
  • Heart Start First Aid.

The pupils utilise the skills gained as Sports Leaders to run a Year 8 Multi-Sport event, support sports clubs in school and complete their COPE qualification.


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