Physical Education

Higher

COURSE OVERVIEW

The course enables candidates 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

COURSE CONTENT

The course consists of two areas of study:

Factors impacting on performance

Candidates develop knowledge and understanding of mental, emotional, social and physical factors that impact on personal performance in physical activities. Through collecting information, candidates consider how these factors can influence effectiveness in performance. They develop knowledge and understanding of a range of approaches for enhancing performance. Candidates select and apply these approaches to factors that impact on their personal performance. Candidates create and implement Personal Development Plans (PDPs), modify these, and justify decisions relating to future personal development needs.

Performance

Candidates develop their ability to demonstrate a broad and comprehensive range of complex movement and performance skills through a range of physical activities. They select, demonstrate, apply and adapt these skills, and use them to make informed decisions. They also develop their knowledge and understanding of how these skills combine to produce effective outcomes. Candidates develop consistency, precision, control and fluency of movement. They also learn how to respond to, and meet, the demands of performance in a safe and effective way.
At Dalziel we focus on Badminton, Basketball and Volleyball at Higher.

COURSE ASSESSMENT STRUCTURE: QUESTION PAPER

Question paper 50 marks

The question paper assesses the candidates’ ability to integrate and apply knowledge and understanding from across the course. It gives candidates an opportunity to demonstrate the following skills, knowledge and understanding:

  • analysing factors that impact on performance
  • explaining a range of approaches for developing performance
  • analysing the recording, monitoring and evaluation of performance development

The question paper has a total mark allocation of 50 marks. This is 50% of the overall marks for the course assessment. The question paper has three mandatory sections and samples from these five broad areas:

  • factors impacting on performance
  • methods of collecting information to analyse factors impacting on performance
  • key planning information
  • performance development process
  • recording, monitoring and evaluating performance development

Section 1 focuses on the four factors impacting on performance and covers one or more of the five broad areas of skills, knowledge and understanding. This section is worth 32 marks in total.

Section 2 focuses on the candidates’ experience of creating and implementing a Personal Development Plan (PDP) over a minimum of three sessions and covers at least two factors impacting on performance. Marks range from 6–10 marks.

Section 3 is based upon a scenario. The scenario may include text, images, graphs or other information. This section focuses on one or more of the five broad areas of skills, knowledge and understanding, and samples two of the factors impacting on performance. Candidates must respond using the two factors identified in the question. Marks range from 8–12 mark.

The question paper is set and marked by SQA, and conducted in centres under conditions specified for external examinations by SQA. Candidates have 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete the question paper.

COURSE ASSESSMENT STRUCTURE: PERFORMANCE

Performance 60 marks

The performance assesses candidates’ ability to perform in two different physical activities. The context for each single performance event must set it apart from normal learning and teaching activities so that it is challenging, competitive and/or demanding. This gives candidates an opportunity to demonstrate the following skills, knowledge and understanding:

  • repertoire of skills — a broad and comprehensive performance repertoire (including complex movement and performance skills)
  • control and fluency of complex movement and performance skills
  • effective decision making and problem solving
  • using and applying well established composition, tactics and roles
  • extent to which rules and regulations are followed and etiquette is displayed (including working with others)
  • extent to which emotions are controlled on the day of the performance

The performance has 60 marks out of a total of 110 marks. This is scaled by SQA to represent 50% of the overall marks for the course assessment. Each single performance event is marked out of 30.