N4/N5 PE

Any pupil who is to be excused from participation must always bring a signed note from home along with their PE kit. Unless it is physically uncomfortable, pupils will be expected to change and be part of the class by taking on duties such as officiating, scoring, timing and coaching.


The main purpose of this Course is to develop and demonstrate movement and performance skills in physical activities. By engaging in practical activities, learners can demonstrate initiative, decision-making and problem-solving.

The Course encourages learners to develop a positive attitude towards a healthy lifestyle, and the contribution that physical activity makes to this. The Course also provides an opportunity to support the way that individual attitudes, values and behaviours are formed.

The skills, knowledge and understanding that learners acquire by successfully completing this Course are transferable to learning, to life and to the world of work.

The main aims of the Course are to enable the learner to:

  • develop the ability to safely perform a comprehensive range of movement and performance skills
  • understand factors that impact on personal performance in physical activities
  • build capacity to perform effectively
  • develop approaches to enhance personal performance
  • monitor, record and evaluate performance development


Assessment at National 4

The Course has two mandatory Units and an Added Value Unit:

  • Performance Skills
  • Factors Impacting on Performance
  • Added Value Unit: Physical Education: Performance

To achieve the National 4 Physical Education Course, learners must pass all of the required Units, including the Added Value Unit.

National 4 Courses are not graded.


Assessment at National 5

The Course has two mandatory Units and an externally marked Portfolio:

  • Performance Skills
  • Factors Impacting on PerformanceTo gain the award of the Course, the learner must pass all of the Units as well as the Course assessment. The required Units are shown in the Course outline section. Course assessment will provide the basis for grading attainment in the Course award.

The learner will extend and apply the skills they have learned during the Course. This will be assessed by a performance and portfolio.

The Course assessment must provide evidence of the learner’s ability to plan, prepare for, effectively perform and evaluate personal performance in a physical activity. It will also assess the learner’s ability to integrate and apply knowledge, understanding and skills from across the Units.


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