Course Outline

Course Outline

National 4/ 5 Physical Education will give you the opportunity to be physically and mentally challenged. You will be driven towards, and aspiring for sporting performance success.

Through this course you will demonstrate, develop and improve your practical performance skills in physical activities. You will refine your personal qualities including your individual values, attitudes, behaviours, as well as your problem solving, decision making and leadership skills. Your ability to compete, cooperate and collaborate with your peers will be tested.

The course is divided into 3 units:

1) Performance

2) Factors Impacting on Performance

3) Added Value Unit

Here at Forres Academy, we plan to offer 3 practical activities to deliver the units within the course.

June – Summer break   – Induction period

August   – October       – Athletics

October – April   – Badminton/Basketball

At National 4/ 5 level the Added Value Unit will require you to prepare for, carry out and reflect upon your performance within a challenging and competitive context.

At National 5 level you will have the added challenge of completing a Portfolio. This will reflect your own personal performance development; demonstrating your knowledge of the factors impacting performance and identifying your future development needs. The Portfolio will take the form of a project requiring you to gather and collate evidence of your performance on an ongoing basis through training diaries, performance analysis, movement analysis and ICT tasks. This will then be presented in the form of a log book or ‘Record of Improvement’ to be assessed externally, by the SQA.

National 4/ 5 Physical Education will provide you with a progressive pathway along which you can develop and improve as a performer, whilst broadening your subject related knowledge and understanding. At the same time, you will develop key skills for learning, life and work.

Assessment (N4) (Pass/ Fail)  Unit Assessment

Performance Unit: You will be awarded a pass/fail in at least two practical activities.

The Factors Impacting on Performance Unit: You will be required to provide evidence of thorough analysis of your performance in one activity.

Added Value Unit: This is an assessment of your practical performance in a challenging and competitive environment. You will be required to apply your subject knowledge and demonstrate your full range of skills and ability.

Assessment (N5) (Grades A-D)  Unit Assessment

As National 4 (with the extended Added Value Unit including the Portfolio)

Course Assessment

Added Value Unit:

60% of your final grade will come from the assessment of your practical performance in a challenging and competitive environment.

40% of your final grade will be the completed Portfolio, where you will report on the processes involved in your performance development.


Development of Skills for learning, life and work

Physical activity is at the heart of physical and emotional well-being.

As a student of the National 4/5 Physical Education course you will develop a broad range of skills specific to the subject itself and these skills will also be transferable across the whole school curriculum as well life beyond in further education and work. These skills include:

  • Literacy – listening and talking
  • Co-operating and working with others
  • Organisation, management and leadership
  • Applying knowledge and problem solving

National 5 Physical Education will prepare you for undertaking the Higher Physical Education course in S5/6.

You will also be better equipped to pursue Further and Higher Education in Sport related courses; providing pathways into career opportunities within the employment sector of Sport and Physical Education. Participation in physical activity demonstrates a healthy, positive lifestyle and mindset to potential employers.

Personal Study/Homework

You will be encouraged to maintain a healthy study programme. Homework tasks will be issued in manageable amounts and deadlines will be set.

Homework tasks will relate to the ‘Factors Impacting Performance’ Unit and the Portfolio at National 5 level. You will be required, throughout the course, to maintain a record of your practical performance and development, in the form of a diary or log book.


Higher PE

National 4/5 Sport and Recreation

Level 5 Community Sports Leaders Award

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