This is an academic course primarily aimed at improving the candidate’s practical performance in a range of sporting activities.

There are 2 main aspects of the course:

  1. Performance
  2. Factors Impacting on Performancen (FIP)

Structure of the Course:

1.        The course is made up of three activities and the pupils will spend 12 weeks on each. Each activity will be studied alongside two FIP.

2.         Pupils will develop their understanding of FIP by working through a cycle of analysis in each activity.  Pupils will  investigate, analyse, develop and review their own personal performance in order to help them improve.

The course will be split in to three blocks. Pupils will select one activity for each block:

Higher ActivitiesAssessment:

All pupils are continually assessed in each activity and graded at either Higher or Nat 5 level depending on their performance. Pupils must pass two activities at their desired level if the wish to sit the final assessment as well demonstrating knowledge of all FIP outcomes.

Pupils will be practically assessed in one activity of their choice in a one-off performance. This is worth 60% of their overall mark.
*Any pupils whose strongest activity does not feature in the course can still be assessed on this activity for their grade. 

For Higher, the final 40% of the course is assessed by an external exam.

For National 5, the final 40% is assessed through a portfolio which candidates complete during class time.

Other Information :

PE kit is required at all times and course folders brought to each lesson.

Pupils are encouraged to participate in sport outside of school.

For more details on Higher/National Physical Education courses, please follow this link:

 Downloadable pupil resources are available here.

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