National 4 PE - course descriptor (SQA referenced)
Purpose and aims of the Course
The main purpose of the Course is to develop and demonstrate movement and performance skills in physical activities. By engaging in physical activities, learners can demonstrate initiative, decision-making and problem-solving. The Course also encourages learners to develop a positive attitude towards a healthy lifestyle, and the contribution that physical activity makes to this. The Course will enable learners to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding required to perform effectively in a range of physical activities, and will enhance their physical wellbeing. Learners will work both independently and co-operatively to develop thinking and interpersonal skills. This makes physical education an ideal platform for developing confidence, resilience and responsibility and for working with others.
This Course has two mandatory Units and an Added Value Unit:
Physical Education: 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 physical activities, in straightforward contexts. Learners will develop some consistency in their control, fluency of movement and body and spatial awareness. They will also learn how to respond to and meet the physical demands of performance in a safe and effective way. The Unit offers opportunities for personalisation and choice in the selection of physical activities.
Physical Education: 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. There will be opportunities for personalisation and choice through the selection of physical activities used in learning and teaching.
Added Value Unit: Physical Education: Performance
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.
Conditions of award
To achieve the National 4 Physical Education Course, learners must pass all of the required Units, including the Added Value Unit. The required Units are shown in the Course outline section. National 4 Courses are not graded.
Recording and Reporting
Evidence is collated throughout the course for every unit. Reports are sent home once a year along with the invitation to attend parents evening.
This course may provide pupils with opportunities to progress to:
◦National 5 Physical Education
◦Scottish Vocational Qualifications in Sport and Recreation
◦Further education, training and employment