National 5 Physical Education (Course Code: C856 75)

SCQF Level 5 (24 SCQF credit points)

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Why study Physical Education?

Physical Education gives you the opportunity to develop sports performance skills in physical activities. You will develop your movement ability by taking part in team games and solo activities. You will learn about the link between fitness and good health. It is particularly suitable for those who love physical activity and enjoy learning in practical ways.

Career Pathways

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What do I need to get in?

Entry is at the discretion of the school or college but you would normally have achieved:

What will I study?

Physical Education is a practical subject that develops your physical movement and performance skills. You may experience a range of activities such as indoor and outdoor team games, racquet sports, fitness related activities, athletics and swimming. You will learn how to reflect on and develop your performance.

The course comprises two areas of study.

Physical Education: Performance Skills

You will:

Physical Education: Factors Impacting on Performance

You will:

How will I be assessed?

Course Assessment

The course assessment has two components totalling 90 marks:

The portfolio component will be set and externally marked by SQA.

The performance component is internally marked by your school or college. It will be externally verified by SQA.

The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across all course assessment components.

The course assessment is graded A-D.

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What can I go on to next?

If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:

Further study, training or employment in:

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