Access Keys:

St John the Baptist’s College, Portadown

Physical Education


Physical Education is part of a wider process of education.  It provides a planned and rich experience in physical activity.  The areas of understanding which we promote are aspects of the ‘Holistic Child’.



KS3 Overview

Key Stage 3

All students should be catered for to enable them to become more:-

  • Skilful
  • Fitter
  • Self-motivated
  • Safe
  • Independent Thinkers
  • Increase confidence and self esteem

*Self-assessment – Pupils will be encouraged to assess themselves and others in all aspects of the P.E. Programme especially in junior school.

Our role as teachers is to prepare pupils for Physical Education and encourage effective use of LEISURE TIME OUTSIDE SCHOOL.  Our aim is to aid their personal development and henceforth nurture their physical & psychological well-being ‘P.E. for all’.

KS4 Overview

Physical Education

Examination Board: WJEC                           

This WJEC GCSE specification in physical education will enable learners to engage in a practical course, designed to encourage learners to be inspired, motivated and challenged by the subject and enable them to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career pathways.

Through studying GCSE Physical Education learners will acquire the knowledge, understanding, skills and values to develop and maintain their performance in physical activities and understand the benefits to health, fitness and well-being.

Learners will perform effectively in different physical activities by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas. They will develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance in physical activity and sport. By studying GCSE Physical Education learners will:

  • Develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin

physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance.

  • Understand how the physiological and psychological state affects performance in

physical activity and sport.

  • Perform effectively in different physical activities by developing skills and

techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas.

  • Develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance in physical

activity and sport.

  • Understand the contribution which physical activity and sport make to health,

fitness and well-being.

  • Understand key socio-cultural influences which can affect people’s involvement in

physical activity and sport in the UK and the wider world.


The subject content focuses on five key areas:

  1. Health, training and exercise
  2. Exercise physiology
  3. Movement analysis
  4. Psychology of sport and physical activity
  5. Socio-cultural issues in sport and physical activity.

All of the subject content is assessed in Unit 1 as part of the written examination and in Unit 2 as part of the personal fitness programme.

Unit 1

Introduction to physical education

Written examination: 2 hours

50% of qualification

100 marks

Learners will be assessed through a range of short and extended questions. The questions will be based on audio-visual stimuli and other sources.

Unit 2

The active participant in physical education

Non-exam assessment

50% of qualification

100 marks

First Sport (BTEC)

Examination Board: Pearson                         

These course provides an engaging and relevant introduction to the world of sport. It incorporates important aspects of the industry, such as fitness testing and training for sport and exercise, the psychology of sport, practical sports performance and sports leadership. It enables you to develop and apply your knowledge, while also developing a range of relevant practical, communication and technical skills.

The qualification is 120 GLH, which is the same size and level as a single GCSE, is aimed at everyone who wants to find out more about the sport industry.

You will study three mandatory units, covering the underpinning knowledge and skills required for the sports sector:

  • fitness for sport and exercise – externally assessed – exam worth 25%
  • practical performance in sport – worth 25%
  • applying the principles of personal training – worth 25%

You will build on the knowledge gained in the mandatory units by choosing one further unit, covering areas such as: worth 25%,

  • the mind and sports performance
  • the sports performer in action
  • leading sports activities.

BTEC First Award in Sport is a Level 1/Level 2 qualification; the grades range from Level 2 P to Level 2 D*. Learners who do not achieve at Level 2 may be graded at Level 1. Learners whose level of achievement is below a Level 1 will

OCN Sport

OCN Level 2 Certificate in Sport.

OCN Sport is an applied subject which means that your final grade will be awarded from your coursework mark rather than through sitting an exam paper. This will be offered to pupils studying a vocational path.  This qualification has been awarded points which equates to a Grade B at GCSE.


To achieve the qualification, learners must successfully complete 16 credits from 2 chosen units.

Total Qualification Time (TQT) for this qualification: 160

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for this qualification: 128

Basketball tournament


Year 11 and Year 12 boys had a very successful day at St Ronans basketball tournament today. They came out of their group this morning and beat Dungannon in the semi final to set up a very tough match with St Ronans . They were narrowly beaten by 3 baskets  in the final . Well done everyone and thanks for a great tournament.



23rd May 2024
Today we held a whole school assembly to celebrate our first ever girls Ulster Champions!...
23rd May 2024
In the college we love to celebrate the success of our pupils in all aspects of their...
21st May 2024
Full time St. John the Baptist's College 2-07 Sperrin Integrated College...
8th May 2024
We're off to a great start at our year 10 Sport's day at the college. Some on target...
1st May 2024
Well done today to the Year 12 boys who had a big result against Newtownhamilton...
1st May 2024
Next week we are hosting the first of our three sports day events. Our year 10 sports...
26th Apr 2024
Our u15 boys made history today as they became champions for the first time in...
25th Apr 2024
Well done to our girls Gaelic team who are through to an Ulster Final after a brilliant...