National 5

The Intermediate 2 Physical Education course provides progression for those pupils who studied National 4 in S4 or S5 and serves as a stepping stone towards Higher.
Learners will work both independently and collaboratively, to demonstrate, refine and advance their practical skills. In doing so, they will also develop critical thinking and interpersonal skills. This makes Physical Education an ideal platform for developing confidence, resilience, responsibility and leadership. Experiential learning activities will encourage learners to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding of the benefits to mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing of participation in physical activities. Where possible, cooperative learning will be used and pupils will regularly work in groups to complete tasks collectively. Unlike individual learning, students learning cooperatively will capitalise on others’ knowledge and skills.
The skills, knowledge and understanding that learners acquire by successfully completing this course are transferable to learning, to life and work. It is expected that learners will develop the following skills:
  • Practical performance skills and application of these
  • Research and investigative skills
  • Analysing and evaluating skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Decision-making skills
  • Communication skills
  • Collaborative working and Leadership skills

Course Structure

The National 5 Physical Education course consists of two mandatory integrated units:

  • Performance Skills
  • Factors Impacting on Performance. 
To support them in developing their practical performance and understanding of how to improve performance, learners investigate and enhance their knowledge of the factors that impact on performance in physical activities. Learners consider the effects of mental, emotional, social and physical factors on performance, and develop an understanding of how to plan for, monitor, record and evaluate the process of performance improvement. This process enables learners to acquire a comprehensive range of movement and performance skills which they learn to select, use, demonstrate and adapt. Learners will develop consistency in their control and fluency during movement to enable them to meet the physical demands of performance in a safe and effective way.
How will I be assessed in this course and how will my assessment be reported?
The analysis and development of performance process, along with the use of self and peer assessment will ensure that pupils are actively involved in the assessment process. Both units offer scope for the use of video analysis and computer technology when analysing and evaluating performance. This will enable pupils to confidently record, analyse, monitor and reflect on their performance. Pupils will be aware of their strengths and next steps as a result of regular self evaluation, teacher feedback and discussion.
Unit Assessment
The Performance Skills unit is continually assessed during practical lessons. Learners will be required to perform practically at National 5 level in two activities. 
The Factors Impacting on Performance unit requires pupils to undertake a task which enables them to identify specific factors that impact on their performance. They will then plan, undertake, record and evaluate a development programme to improve their performance. 
Both units are assessed on a pass/fail basis and must be passed before pupils complete the course assessment.
Course Assessment
Performance:  One off practical performance (60%), in an environment which is more challenging than a normal practical lesson. The task is for pupils to carry out a single performance, the context of which must be challenging, competitive and/or demanding. Pupils will plan, prepare for and evaluate this performance. 
Portfolio:  Learners will also complete a portfolio task (40%) which is submitted to SQA. The task asses each pupils ability to plan, undertake, record and evaluate a development programme to improve their performance.