Madras College

P.E. - Higher

Purpose and Aims

The main purpose of this Course is to develop and demonstrate a broad and comprehensive range of complex skills in challenging contexts. Learners will develop the ability to use strategies to make appropriate decisions for effective performance. They will also analyse a performance, understand what is required to develop it and then apply this knowledge to their own performance.

By actively participating in physical activities, learners will demonstrate initiative, decision-making and problem-solving. They will experience a range of roles and responsibilities, and this will enable them to develop their interpersonal skills. The Course also provides an opportunity to support the way that individual attitudes, values and behaviours are formed as physical education contributes to both social and emotional development.


For the overall course award, the learner will be assessed by a performance and a question paper. Together, they will add challenge and application to the Course as the learner will integrate, extend and apply the skills, knowledge and understanding they have learned during the Course.

Performance: 60 marks

The purpose of this component is to assess the candidate's ability to effectively perform in two different physical activities.

Each performance is a single event in a challenging, competitive and/or demanding context. This gives candidates an opportunity to demonstrate the following skills, knowledge and understanding:

  • a repertoire of skills — including complex skills
  • control and fluency
  • effective decision-making
  • using and applying straightforward composition, tactics or role safely and effectively
  • conforming to rules, regulations and etiquette
  • controlling emotions
  • working co-operatively with others

Question Paper

Three sections which include questions on:

Section 1: The four factors impacting on performance (32 marks)

Section 2: Learners’ experience of creating and implementing a Personal Development Plan (PDP) (Range of 6–10 marks)

Section 3: A scenario that may include text, images, graphs or other information. (Range of 8–12 marks) 2 hours 30 minutes 50 marks 


Performance assesses learners’ ability to perform in two different physical activities (each marked out of 30). 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.