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Pupils should normally have achieved a credit pass (or equivalent)) in English to do the Higher Course in PE. General level English (or equivalent) for Intermediate 2.
The course is made up of two elements
Practical performance 40%
Analysis of performance 60%
To be presented at Higher or Intermediate 2 Physical Education, the pupil must pass all elements of the course and the units within. If one element is passed at a lower level then the lower level course award exam will be the presentation level. It must be stressed that the overall pass mark in physical education is usually around (74%) so a good practical mark will help but will not guarantee an overall pass.
This element is obviously essential to the course and is the medium by which most of the theory work is presented. The practical work undertaken by the pupils is fundamental to the production of several pieces of written work which is presented through the element of Analysis of Performance.
The practical activities offered are: - Football, Hockey, Badminton and Volleyball. Pupils will attempt to analyse their performances at the start of each activity so that they can identify their own personal strengths and weaknesses. From this evidence they will attempt to improve their performance over a number of weeks whilst at the same time developing their knowledge and understanding.
There is only one learning outcome to be achieved in this unit.
ANALYSIS OF PERFORMANCE
This unit is divided into Four sub groups:-
- Performance Appreciation
- Structures, Strategies and Composition
- Skills and Technique
- Preparation of the body
Pupils must pass three of the four sub groups to gain a unit pass in this area, there are three learning outcomes in each sub group which must be passed to gain a unit pass. This the most difficult of all areas on the course and requires pupils to read and take notes based on the practical activities of the day. The NAB’s in PE are passed by completing four learning outcomes successfully. This is based on a series of questions to be answered on the process of performance improvement.