Option Descriptors (new S4-S6)
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In addition to 'Physical Education', we also offer courses in Sports Leadership and Skills for Work, Sport and Recreation. Click below for more information
National Physical Education
Students can take National Physical Education in S4 – S6. The course is offered at National 3, 4 and 5 level to suit all ages and stages.
National Physical Education at Marr College will give you an opportunity to develop not only the key skills needed to play and compete in a variety of sports but will equip you with the transferrable skills needed to be successful in all walks of life.
You will study Physical Education in state of the art facilities and learn in a dynamic and fun environment. During the course you will experience a range of activities including badminton, handball, hockey, gymnastics and volleyball exploring how different factors impact your performance in sport. You will also learn how to gather information on your performance in these activities and use this information to design and implement a development programme.
The life skills gained through studying National PE will be invaluable in your future career. You will develop vital life skills such as leadership, communication, team work, problem solving and resilience whilst improving your physical skills, knowledge and fitness.
Assessment is split between practical performance (50%) and a portfolio (50%). Students will be given a choice of two one-off practical performance activities and also complete a portfolio of the personal development process.
Successful completion of National 5 Physical Education will provide a pathway towards Higher Physical Education.
Higher Physical Education
Students can take Higher Physical Education in S5 – S6. This is aimed at students who gained an A or B in both English and PE at Nat 5.
The course enables students to demonstrate and develop a broad and comprehensive range of complex skills in hockey, badminton, volleyball and basketball.
The course enables students 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
Assessment is split between practical performance (50%) and an exam question paper (50%). Students will be given a choice of two one-off practical performance activities and will also complete a final exam.
The Advanced Higher Course enables elite performers to investigate personal areas of development in their chosen sport. There are two components including performance in one sport of choice and a project report (2,000-3,500 words) based on the analysis and development of performance.
Advanced Higher P.E.
In following the Advanced Higher Physical Education Course, candidates should have learning opportunities to:
- take a degree of responsibility for their own learning
- refine standards of personal performance
- set performance development targets
- plan the research and development of performance
- research, present and discuss information
- engage in critical review
- develop initiative and other personal skills of general value.
Entry to the Course
This is at the discretion of the school, but you would normally be expected to be currently playing sport and have attained one of the following
- ‘A’ Pass at Higher level PE
- Strong pass at Higher level English
- The Course assessment of Physical Education at Advanced Higher consists of two components:
- Performance (30 marks)
- A project report (70 marks, the report is based on work done in the Perspectives on Performance Development and Analysis and Development of Performance Units)
The project report should normally be of 2,000 and not exceeding 3,500 words in length
Studying PE can eventually lead you to exciting career options in:
- Healthcare (Nursing and Physiotherapy),
- Education (primary, secondary and further education teaching and personal training and),
- Sport and Leisure (sports coach and leisure attendant),
- Sports Science, Nutrition and many more!