National 4

The National 4 course provides entry into certificated Physical Education for pupils who have no previous experience of certificated Physical Education.  Pupils work towards achieving a National Qualification at the end of S5.
The National 4 course provides learners with opportunities to continue to acquire and develop the attributes and capabilities of the four capacities as well as skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work.
Learners are provided with the opportunity to:
  • Develop practical performance
  • Improve aspects of fitness
  • Maximise activity
  • Maximise enjoyment of physical activities

Learners work both independently and cooperatively to develop thinking and interpersonal skills. This makes physical education an ideal platform for developing confidence, resilience, responsibility and working with others.

The main aims of the courses are to enable learners to:

  • Develop the ability to perform a range of movement and performance skills
  • Understand factors that impact on performance
  • Build capacity to perform effectively
  • Develop approaches to enhance practical performance
  • Monitor, record and evaluate development of personal performance

Course Structure

Performance Skills

The aim of this unit is to develop Learners ability to perform practically by enabling them to acquire a range of performance skills. Learners will learn how to select, use, demonstrate and adapt skills to ensure they perform to the best of their ability.

Factors Impacting on Performance

The aim of this unit is to develop Learners knowledge and understanding of factors that impact on performance. Learners will consider the effects of mental, emotional, social and physical factors on performance. They will also develop an understanding of how to plan for, monitor, record and evaluate a programme of work.
Unit Assessment (assessed on a pass/fail basis)
Performance Skills: Learners are required to perform practically at the appropriate level in two activities.
Factors Impacting on Performance: Learners undertake a task which requires them to identify specific factors that impact on their performance. They then plan, undertake, record and evaluate a development programme to improve their performance.
Course Assessment (assessed on a pass/fail basis)
Performance: Learners are be assessed by a one off practical performance.