National 5 Physical Education

Course Specification

Explains the structure of the course, including its purpose and aims and information on the skills, knowledge and understanding that will be developed.



Past Papers and Marking Instructions

Coursework (31/08/23)

This section provides information on marking instructions and/or the coursework assessment task(s). It includes information that centres need to administer coursework and must be read in conjunction with the course specification.

Portfolio template and instructions

Information on the production and submission of SQA-assessed coursework for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher.

Understanding Standards (16/08/2023)

Examples of candidate evidence with commentaries

Further examples of candidate evidence and commentaries can be found on SQA’s secure website and you can access these through your SQA co-ordinator.

Course assessment overview

Webinar (recording November 2022): Portfolio session 2022-2023

Webinar (recording 09 December 2021): Portfolio from session 2021-2022 (revised June 2023)

Webinar (recording): Portfolio from session 2020-2021(revised June 2023)

Webinar (recording): course assessment from session 2017-18

Changes to understanding standards materials

Changes to published Understanding Standards materials for all subjects

Please note: Understanding Standards materials are regularly reviewed to ensure they remains up to date.

Additional Resources session 2020-22

Please note: Additional resources published during sessions 2020-2022 are currently under review. Further information can be found on the Understanding Standards Website.

Course reports (18/09/2023)

Provides information on the performance of candidates - which is useful to teachers, lecturers and assessors in their preparation of candidates for future assessment.

Course Reports

Verification Reports

Guidance on activities

Ushare open learning resources