Physical Education

SCQF LEVEL 4 - National 4

The National 4 Physical Education course enables candidates to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding required to perform effectively in a range of physical activities and enhance their physical wellbeing. Candidates will undergo a ‘cycle of analysis’ across a range of activities and this will provide the basis for much of the written aspect of the course. This course is suited to candidates who enjoy improving their practical performance but also have a keen interest in the theory aspect of Physical Education. 

Please note some of the activities which may be on offer in our two National 4 courses: 

 

Traditional: Badminton, Basketball, Hockey 

Creative: Gymnastics, Netball, Dance 

QUALIFICATION

National 4

DURATION

160 hours

COURSEWORK

Two mandatory Units and an Added Value Unit 

EXAM

No external exam

COST

£0

TEACHERS

Mr Robertson 

Miss McIntosh 

Mrs Craig 

Mrs May 

Mrs Simpson  

Mrs Innes 

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

wHAT WILL YOU EXPERIENCE?

Physical Education gives you the opportunity to develop your personal fitness and increase your enjoyment and skills in physical activities.  You will have the opportunity to improve your sports performance skills in a range of activities. Candidates work both independently and co-operatively to develop thinking and interpersonal skills. This makes physical education an ideal platform for developing confidence, resilience, responsibility and the ability to work with others. Experiential learning activities encourage candidates to develop an understanding of the benefits of participation in physical activities to their mental, emotional, social, and physical wellbeing.  It will help you to develop confidence, resilience, initiative, decision making and team working skills.  It is particularly suitable for those who love physical activity and enjoy learning in practical ways.  

 

https://www.hertzfurniture.com/buying-guide/healthy-environment/physical-education-benefits.html 

 

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/physical-activity-its-important 

Physical Education is a practical subject that develops your physical movement and performance skills.  You will have the opportunity to participate in a range of activities and learn how to reflect on and improve your performance. Pupils should expect much of the course to be taught in a practical setting however at least one period per week will be classroom based to help reinforce the theory elements of the course and complete the coursework  

 

The three area’s which you will focus on are: 

Performance Skills: 

The general aim of this Unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to develop a range of movement and performance skills in a variety of physical activities. 

Factors Impacting on Performance: 

The general aim of this Unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to explore and develop their knowledge of factors that impact on personal performance in physical activities. Learners will record, monitor and reflect on their own performance.  

 Added Value Unit: 

The general aim of this Unit is to enable learners to provide evidence of added value for the National 4 Physical Education Course. Learners will prepare for and carry out a performance, which will allow them to demonstrate challenge and application 

KEY FACTS

Everything you need to know before selecting this course

entry requirements

Experience of the PE Studies course in S3 would be beneficial. 

what will you get?

National 4 award in Physical Education 

progress

Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course

EMPLOYMENT

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: 

Leadership: 

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. 

Co-operation: 

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. 

STUDENT STORIES

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

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