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St Andrew's RC High School

Respect, Happiness,
Confidence and Ambition

S5-6 Physical Education

Ambition, Confidence, Happiness and Respect.


Higher PE

  • Can study course in S5 or S6, ideally after Nat 5 PE pass.
  • Practical based course with theory taught through practical – work towards improving your level of performance as well as knowledge and understanding.
  • Games (indoor hockey, basketball, badminton and volleyball) or Aesthetic (gymnastics, trampolining and dance) option.
  • 100% pass rate (A to C) over last 10 years – complete homework, meet deadlines, work hard in and out of class and you will gain success.
  • Study support available.

Performance – 50% final grade                                               

  • Two one-off performances - must be in a demanding and or competitive context.
  • Your choice of TWO activities from your course, each graded out of 30 marks.
  • Total practical score out of 60 marks scaled back to be 50% of final grade. 

Question Paper – 50% final grade

  • 2 hours 30 minute to complete exam.
  • 50 marks available.
  • Develop knowledge & understanding of how 4 factors (physical, mental, emotional and social) impact your performance. Develop knowledge & understanding of a range of approaches to improve performance.

Develop knowledge & understanding of personal development plans and future development needs.

Advanced Higher PE

  • S6 only
  • Must pass Higher PE with Grade B or better - games or aesthetics.
  • Your choice of ANY activity to study - for performance and project.
  • 4th year of course with 100% pass rate - meet deadlines throughout the year, work hard and you will gain success.
  • Hard work but enjoyable.
  • No final exam.


Project – 70% final grade

  • Your choice of activity, topic and targets.
  • Take responsibility for own learning and develop independent study skills – we’re here to help.
  • Great preparation for further study, employment or training.
  • Will develop research, analysis, evaluation and decision-making skills along with your level of physical performance.
  • Hard work but enjoyable.