Our curriculum is designed to make sure that students have the opportunities that they need to be successful. Our aim is that young people will achieve their potential to make informed and responsible decisions throughout their lives.

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Physical Education

PE and Sport in school provides endless opportunities to develop curricula rand extra-curricular knowledge and understanding of a wide range of activities. At Key Stage 3 and 4 level boys and girls undertake numerous activities both in and outside school.

At GCSE and A-Level, academic routes are available for pupils to pursue Sport courses with a view to potentially studying /working in the Sport and Leisure industry once they leave school.


Physical Education

Levels Taught:

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Mrs J Robinson – (TiC Girls PE)
Mr R Cowan – (TiC Boys PE)
Mr M Surgenor
Mrs H Doherty
Mr A Magee

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In Year 8, 9 and 10 all Boys and Girls at Cullybackey College follow a broad and balanced PE curriculum and participate in numerous activities throughout the year.

PE is part of the minimum requirement for every pupil at Key Stage 3. Schools are now seen as the most important context for promoting healthy lifestyles in pupils. Health Related Physical Education (HRPE) in Northern Ireland has been shown to positively influence children’s knowledge of and attitudes towards physical activity.

The Northern Ireland Curriculum gives a high profile to Physical Education’s role in:

  • Providing pupils with regular, frequent and appropriate physical activity opportunities
  • Information and guidance
  • Encouraging and empowering pupils to make informed and responsible choices about the role of physical activity in their lives

At Cullybackey College, each pupil in Year 8, 9 and 10 takes part in 3 periods of PE each week. Pupils are required to participate fully in all activities unless they have been excused.

PE Activities at Key Stage 3

The Programme of Study is designed in such a way to ensure young people are given the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities throughout Year 8, 9 and 10. Pupils will experience these activities in a selection of indoor and outdoor environments.

All pupils can view their own PE Programme on the department notice boards. Pupils are able to access all information regarding PE either from the notice boards and/or their PE teacher.

Girl’s Activities:

  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Cross Country
  • Dance
  • Gymnastics
  • Health Related
  • Fitness
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Swimming (Year 8)
  • Trampoline
  • Volleyball

Boy’s Activities:

  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Gymnastics
  • Health Related Fitness
  • Hockey
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming (Year 8)
  • Volleyball

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In Year 11 and Year 12 at Cullybackey College, pupils are introduced to health related activities during PE. It is hoped that this will make them aware of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and how PE can have more than just a physical effect on their body.

The stresses and pressures of GCSEs can be put to the back of the mind during PE and it is a great way to relax.


Soccer, Basketball, Badminton, Table Tennis, Health and Fitness, Dodgeball, Athletics and Softball


Hockey, Netball, Trampolining, Badminton, Zumba, Health and Fitness, Athletics and Rounders.

In Year 11 and 12 the school makes use of off-site facilities where boys and girls attend Lifestyle Fitness, the Sports Hut and Pedal Pushers Spin Studio as part of their PE programme.

Girls also make use of the surrounding Cullybackey area for Power Walking activities whilst also taking part in Health and Fitness activities within school.

The school values the input of outside agencies who provide further alternatives to the PE programme, more recently the Active Communities Sports coaches in conjunction with Ballymena Borough Council as well as Coaching for Christ.

GCSE BTEC First Award in Sport

This GCSE allows pupils to gain knowledge, skills and understanding through practical participation and performance in a range of sports and an opportunity to study fitness and healthy active lifestyles.

A total of 4 units over the two year course, each worth 25%:

Year 11

  • Unit 1 Fitness for Sport and Exercise (External exam )
  • Unit 2 Practical sports Performance (practical & coursework)

Year 12

  • Unit 3 Applying the Principles of Personal Training (practical & coursework)
  • Unit 5 The Sports Performer in Action (practical & coursework)


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OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical in Sport and Physical Activity

A total of 6 units are covered over the two year course. These include:

Year 13:

  • Body Systems and the effects of exercise (Exam)
  • Sports Coaching and Activity Leadership (Coursework)

Year 14:

  • Sports Organisation and Development (Exam)
  • Sport Injuries (Coursework)
  • Activities for Specific Groups (Coursework)
  • Diet and Nutrition (Coursework)

As a Cambridge Technical Level 3 qualification is the equivalent to one A level it can be used to help you access a university course. Most universities recognise Cambridge Technicals Level 3 qualifications and will allow you to study in many different fields such as Sport Studies, Sport Science, Physiotherapy, Teaching and Lecturing, Sports management, Sports Development and many others.

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