Physical Education National 4-5

Pupils undertaking a National Qualification at Level 4/5 can expect to gain the following skills from the course:

  • Develop approaches to enhance physical performance in a range of skills across a number of activities
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of factors that impact on performance
  • Develop the capacity to monitor, record and evaluate their own performance development


Experiences that the pupils will encounter:

Pupils will develop and refine their performance within a number of activities. Within these activities pupils will also have the opportunity to identify their own performance development requirements using including ICT. This will aid with the creation and implementation of personal training programmes. Throughout this process pupils will be responsible for investigating, enhancing and reviewing their progress, developing key skills in observation, analysis and evaluation.

Pupils will continue to enhance their movement competencies and physical fitness within all activities, working both co-operatively and competitively within more challenging settings. They will build on skills acquired through the BGE in S1-S3 in order to promote confident, successful, responsible and effective contributors as well as skills for learning, life and work.


Skills that the pupils need:

Pupils should have a keen interest in sport and physical activity as the course is practically based. Their ability to work in groups and give constructive feedback should be well developed as pupils will regularly be required to complete peer/self-observations. Pupils should also be able to write extended descriptive and explanatory answers and be prepared to invest time at home in order to complete their Portfolio work.


Career Options:

Physical Education Teaching          Sports Coaching              Sports Management

Sports Leadership                       Sports Development           Uniformed Services

Sports Science                           Health and Fitness            Elite Performers

Sports Psychology                       Physiotherapy


UCAS points gained through all NQ awards can be used to help secure a place on a huge variety of college and university courses. Some courses may have specific subject requirements and should therefore be checked prior to making your option choices.




The candidates will develop their ability to plan, prepare for, effectively perform and evaluate personal performance in one physical activity. At National 5 this performance will constitute 60% of the total mark.


Graded Portfolio:

The portfolio will assess the pupil’s ability to integrate and apply knowledge, understanding and skills from across the units. Evidence will be collated by the pupil on an ongoing basis during the course. At National 5 the portfolio will carry 40% of the total mark.

Added Value:

At National 4 candidates will complete a value added unit where they must prepare for carry out and review a performance in a physical activity.

Report a Glow concern
Cookie policy  Privacy policy

Glow Blogs uses cookies to enhance your experience on our service. By using this service or closing this message you consent to our use of those cookies. Please read our Cookie Policy.