Physical Education at Newtownhamilton High School  
The Physical Education department boosts a wide range of activities to stimulate and interest pupils - athletics, badminton, basketball, football, gymnastic, health related fitness, hockey, netball. rugby league, rugby union, tennis, unihoc and volleyball. All pupils will follow a PE programme while pupils in Year 10 will have the opportunity to select the subject as a GCSE option. Year 8 and 9 pupils have 3 periods per week while Year 10-12 pupils have 2 periods. Pupils also have the opportunity to play in school teams against other schools. The school competes in leagues in both Hockey (girls) and football (boys). There are also various friendly games in rugby and netball at stages throughout the year. 
 
Aim 
The main aim of the department is to raise the profile of general fitness throughout the school. To do this we encourage the pupils to perform to their maximum ability within the Physical Education lessons, also to try to involve themselves in at least one extra-curricular activity. Directly related to these fundamental issues, it is essential to maintain a balanced diet and understand the importance of getting adequate sleep. This will ensure that all pupils in Newtownhamilton High School live a healthy lifestyle and be able to perform to their maximum ability in school. 
 
GCSE PE 
Pupils who select GCSE PE as an option choice will cover the CCEA Revised Specification for first award in 2019 (linear). 
 
Practical element = 50% of the final grade 
Theory element = 50% of the final grade 
 
Pupils will have 4 periods a week of this subject and will divided into theory and practical classes. Depending on the time of year sometimes classes will focus solely on theory as practical assessment can take place on an extra-curricular basis. It is essential that the pupil in this subject have excellent levels of fitness and a keen interest in sports both in and out of school. Pupils will undergo the full course element of the subject which entails: 
 
Component 1: Factors Underpinning Health and Performance (1h 15min paper) 
Skeletal System 
Physical Health 
Muscular System 
Nutrition 
Circulatory System 
Sleep 
Respiratory System 
Drugs 
Digestive System 
Planning for health 
Nervous System 
Leisure 
Social Health 
Careers 
Mental Health 
Event management 
Component 2: Developing Performance ( 1h 15min paper) 
Physical Fitness 
Factors underpinning the learning of skills 
Principles of Training 
 
Methods of Training  
 
Assessment of Physical Education 
 
Planning Training Programmes 
 
Skilled Performance 
 
Component 3: Individual Performances in Physical Activities and Sports 
 
This component is worth 50 percent of the total marks. Teachers assess students’ performances and CCEA moderate the assessment. 
 
In this component, students are provided with many opportunities to work individually and with others to learn and master skills and to develop desirable personal qualities, attitudes and behaviours. They participate, compete and develop performance in their physical activities and/or sports. 
 
In this component, students apply and consolidate what they learn in Components 1 and 2. 
 
In this component, students are assessed on: 
(a) the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of performances in 3 physical activities and sports; 
(b) the quality of analysis and evaluation of performances. 
 
Career Possililities 
Broadcasting  
Groundsman/Greenkeeper  
Referee  
Community Sports Coach  
Health Promotion Officer  
School Sports Coordinator  
Competition Manager  
Journalist  
Skiing Instructor  
Dance Instructor  
Marketing  
Sports Development Manager  
Disability Sports Dev Manager  
Nutritionist  
Sports Therapist  
Events Management  
Outdoor Adventure Leader  
Strength & Conditioning Coach  
Extreme Sports Instructor  
Performance Analyst  
Talent Project Coordinator  
Fitness Professional  
PE Teacher  
Travel and Tourism Manager  
Football Coach  
Photographer  
Women's Sports Development Officer  
Football Development Manager  
Physiotherapist  
 
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