Advanced Higher Physical Education (Course Code: C856 77)

SCQF Level 7 (32 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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Health and Medicine

Performing Arts


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What do I need to get in?

This is at the discretion of the school/college but you would normally be expected to have attained one of the following:

What will I study?

The course comprises two areas of study.


You will:

This area offers considerable opportunity for personalisation of physical activity.

Factors Impacting on Performance

You will:

How will I be assessed?

Course Assessment

The course assessment consists of two components totalling 100 marks:

For Component 1 you will research, investigate, analyse and evaluate a topic which impacts either on your own performance, or the performance of another person, team or group.

For Component 2 you will be asked to carry out a single, high-level performance in one physical activity in a challenging, demanding and/or competitive context.

The project will be externally marked by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

The performance will be set by SQA and marked internally by your teacher or lecturer in line with SQA marking instructions.

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

The course assessment is graded A-D.

What can I go on to next?

Further study, training or employment in:

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