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SCQF LEVEL 6 - Higher

This course offers you the opportunity to study Physical Education at a challenging level and to build on previous skills and performance in a variety of activities. Time will be spent both in a practical setting to allow you to carry out a cycle of analysis to improve your performance as well as time spent in a classroom to consolidate your knowledge and understanding. This course is suited to candidates with a high level of motivation to improve their practical performance and develop a deeper understanding of the theory aspect of Physical Education. 




1 Year full time/

5 periods per week


Cycle of analysis to be carried out on 4 factors – physical, mental, social & emotional 


Question paper of 2 hours 30 minutes (50 Marks) 


Two One-Off Practical Performances 




Mrs Simpson 

Mr Carder

Mr Robertson 

Mrs Craig 

Mrs May  

Mr Bridgwater

Miss Duff

Miss Ireland



This course gives candidates the opportunity to develop and enhance their movement and performance skills. They develop knowledge and understanding and apply this to the analysis and evaluation of performance in physical activities. Candidates develop their thinking skills through planning, problem solving and analysing performance.  


Taking part in physical education acts as a stimulus for personal achievement, enabling candidates to develop confidence, resilience, responsibility and the ability to work cooperatively with others. The course promotes awareness of mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing.  


Candidates perform in a range of contexts and develop the ability to reflect on their own performances and those of others. 

The course consists of two areas of study:  

Factors Impacting on Performance: Candidates develop knowledge and understanding of mental, emotional, social and physical factors that impact on personal performance in physical activities. Through collecting information, candidates consider how these factors can influence their performance. Candidates create and implement Personal Development Plans (PDPs), modify these, and justify decisions relating to future personal development needs.   


Performance: Candidates develop their ability to demonstrate a broad and comprehensive range of complex movement and performance skills through a range of physical activities.  


The course assessment consists of two outcomes: 

1. Question paper: 

The question paper assesses the candidates’ ability to apply knowledge and understanding from across the course. It gives candidates an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following:  

  • Analysing factors that impact on performance.

  • Explaining a range of approaches for developing performance. 

  • Analysing the recording, monitoring and evaluation of performance development The question paper has a total mark allocation of 50 marks. This is 50% of the overall marks for the course assessment.   


2. Performance: 

Candidates are assessed in two one-off performances. Each performance is worth a total of 30 marks and must be arranged and assessed in accordance of the PE Department. 

The performance has 60 marks out of a total of 110 marks. This is scaled by SQA to represent 50% of the overall marks for the course assessment. Each single performance event is marked out of 30. 


Everything you need to know before selecting this course

entry requirements

It would be expected that a candidate has achieved a National 5 award in Physical Education (A or B) 

A National 5 award in English is also beneficial due to the nature of the written work. 

what will you get?

The course is graded: 

A: Band 1; Band 2 

B: Band 3; Band 4 

C: Band 5; Band 6 

D: Band 7 


A practical performance must be assessed by a member of the Meldrum Academy PE team as required by the SQA (page 12 of the course specification - click here) . Following the guidance of this document (Activities for assessment – SQA guidance - page 3 - click here) it states activities that which are beyond or outside the expertise or resources of the physical education staff at the centre to be able to assess accurately are not acceptable for assessment.

We are not obliged to attend any activities out with our working time and will only do so at our discretion.


Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course


Most careers will benefit from your experience in Physical Education. Specifically, a career in sports science, teaching, physiotherapy, sports coaching, personal trainer, dietician are some examples of a career where Physical Education may be particularly relevant 


Some of the employability skills which are developed through Physical Education are: 


Throughout the course you will have to communicate with your peers both when participating in game activities and during your training sessions. You will also be given the opportunity to plan and deliver your own training session. 


Many aspects of PE involves working in teams towards a common goal. Through playing team sports and carrying out your training sessions you will have to learn how to work well with others in the class for this process to be successful. 

Problem Solving: 

Throughout the cycle of analysis you will have to determine your strengths and weakness and discover how best to improve your performance. 

Planning & Organisation: 

You will be given the opportunity to plan and deliver your own training session.  

Taking Initiative: 

You will have to adapt your training sessions and ensure you take responsibility to develop your own performance. 

my world of work

This link will take you to an excellent resource on MyWOW which looks at potential career routes when you select a combination of subjects. 


Information from pupils who have studied this course as to how they feel it was.

Murray - S5

I picked this course because I am an athletic person and like to play a variety of different sports. I have enjoyed the practical side and learning about different sports. I don’t enjoy the written as much as it takes a lot of writing to gain marks. I would recommend this course because you get to develop skills and understanding in a variety of sports. 

Racket and Ball

Stevie - S6

I chose to do Higher PE so I could progress my physical skills in different sports and improve my knowledge of other factors which impact my performance. I enjoyed the practical part of the course and there were a lot of opportunities to learn new skills. I found the long written exam difficult and a lot of revision was needed in order to achieve the grade I wanted. I would recommend this course as it keeps you very active and helps to improve your fitness as well as understanding of various factors which help to improve your performance. 

Field and Ball
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