The Senior Cycle Physical Education (S.C.P.E.) framework has a different purpose and focus than the J.C.P.E. framework. It provides a flexible planning tool for physical education for all students in Senior Cycle and will not be assessed as part of the Leaving Certificate examination. Young people in this group bring a wide variety of skills, talents and levels of motivation to their learning in P.E. They are represented at all points of the physical activity continuum.

Some young people are regularly active and/or participate at a very high level of performance. However, there are others who are not meeting the physical activity recommendations for young people. Due to this, learners can experience success in different ways in S.C.P.E.

For some, the pursuit of excellence and the achievement of sporting goals will be the focus. For others, organising, leading and facilitating others to be physically active will be the measure of success. Also, including regular physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle will represent a successful outcome.

Learners can be encouraged to undertake different roles and responsibilities, including leadership, coaching and officiating roles. They can learn to plan, organise, participate in and reflect on their experiences in physical activity. Students can learn about fair play, teamwork and how to relate to one another respectfully. As a result, they learn to be effective in the different competitive, creative and challenging situations that participation in physical activity continually offers them.

Career Opportunities in P.E.

Physical Education prepares students for a range of career opportunities including: 

  • Teacher 
  • Lecturer 
  • Sports Scientist 
  • Athletic Therapist
  • Physiotherapist 
  • Strength & Conditioning Instructor
  • Personal Trainer
  • Nutritionist 
  • Coaching

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