St Brendans College Killarney

The Aim of PELC (Physical Education Leaving Certificate) is to develop the learner’s capacity to become an informed, skilled, self-directed and reflective performer in physical education so that they can be physically active for a lifetime. PELC is very different to the school’s current Physical Education programs. PELC allows students to study the scientific aspects of high level sports and physical activity.

There are many links to Physics, Biology, ICT and Mathematics in this subject, so a keen interest in these areas will be necessary. Projects in this subject rely heavily on the use of ICT, where platforms such as word, Excel, Adobe etc. are used on a constant basis.


The main objective of PELC include:

  • Reflect on physical activity on both individual and team basis.
  • Understand the factors that affect high level performance.
  • Appreciate the benefits of physical activity for lifelong health and wellbeing.
  • Undertake different roles in Physical Activity (Referee, Coach, Manager etc.)

It is important to note that this subject requires a good knowledge of biology, physics and maths from Junior Cycle, along with a strong sense of digital skills which will demand a lot of work and attention from students outside of the classroom.

Practical aspects of this course take up 50% of the final grade, however, it relies heavily on Theoretical aspects (definitions, theories, mathematical formulae) learn’t in class. This subject is perfect for any student with a high work rate and motivation with an interest in sports and physical activity outside of the classroom.

Assessment: Higher and Ordinary Level

A physical activity project 20%; Performance assessment 30%; Written examination 50%