Higher PE

Course Overview

Higher Physical Education


Performance Skills

Factors Impacting on Performance

Course Assessment

Single Performance & Question Paper


Learners will be able to:

• develop a broad and comprehensive range of complex movement and performance skills, and demonstrate them safely and effectively across a range of challenging contexts

• select and apply skills and make informed decisions to effectively perform in physical activities

• analyse mental, emotional, social and physical factors that impact on performance

• understand how skills, techniques and strategies combine to produce an effective performance

• analyse and evaluate performance to enhance personal effectiveness

Opportunities for Learners

Learners will be able to:

• improve their own health and wellbeing

• develop, demonstrate and evaluate performance

• use evaluation and analysis to develop and apply strategies, techniques and skills that will enable them to build on and enhance their performance


• To gain Higher Physical Education, learners must pass the two Units and the Course Assessment

(Performance and Question Paper for 100 marks)

• Units are assessed as pass or fail by the school/centre and are quality assured by the SQA. Achievement of Units is recorded on the learner's qualifications certificate

• The SQA has provided examples of Unit assessments that teachers/lecturers can use as they are, or adapt to suit the needs of their learners

• The Course Assessment consists of a Performance (60 marks) and a Question Paper (exam for 40 marks) which is in two sections (see below). The Performance will be internally assessed and the

Question Paper will be marked externally by the SQA

• Higher Physical Education is graded from A to D or as No Award.

Question Paper

Section 1: three questions on factors affecting performance (8 marks each)

Section 2: one question on a scenario (16 marks)


1 hour 30 minutes

40 marks

Specimen Paper www.sqa.org.uk/files_ccc/PhysicalEducationSQPH.pdf



The learner plans, prepares, performs and evaluates one demanding physical activity.

60 marks



Higher courses can stand alone or follow on from National 5 qualifications and may lead to

Advanced Highers and a range of qualifications within Further and Higher Education.

Mr Mackay

Miss K Imlay