I started at Hamilton College in 1995 in J5. I loved the practical subjects in school and I will always be grateful for the help that I got from the teachers as it set me up for my career.

Steph Treta
Class of 2002

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Practical Performance/Core Units in PE

PHYSICAL EDUCATION: PRACTICAL PERFORMANCE UNITS

 Pupils in their senior stage of school have the option to further their skill acquisition in this challenging one year Higher Performance Unit, which is best suited to high ability pupils or individuals wishing to progress from Intermediate 2. For pupils having completed the Intermediate 2 Physical Education course by the end of S4, the Higher performance unit is a natural progression. This course removes the intense theoretical sections of the Higher Physical Education course and focuses solely on individuals’ practical ability in a wide range of challenging contexts. Successfully completing the course will lead to an SQA unit award at either Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2 or Higher Performance.

 COURSE CONTENT

 Mandatory 40 Hours per unit of Activity.

 The three categories of sport on offer this year will be an individual activity, team game and swimming with a degree of flexibility depending on the range of performance experience in the group. 

 METHODOLOGY

 Demonstrate an effective performance in challenging contexts.

Three performance criteria:

  • Repertoire of skills and movement with good levels of fitness.
  • Context and decision making within their performance.
  • Qualities of the performance.   

 The pupil will be presented in two of their best sports and their performance will be externally moderated.

 HOMEWORK

 No theory; practical experience will be encouraged.

It will be expected that the pupils will strive to gain the highest achievement in performance as possible.  Their performance will undoubtedly be enhanced by the participation in extra curricular sports or club membership outwith school.

 PHYSICAL EDUCATION: CORE

 Pupils in S5 can expect to have two periods of Core PE per week while S6 are likely to have one afternoon of sporting activities per week.

 The emphasis is on providing a wide range of new and challenging experiences, some of which are covered off site.  Students are offered a choice of activities each half term and are encouraged to participate in any one activity for a period of 6 – 7 weeks.  Previously students participated in curling, golf and fitness sessions outside of school as well as taking part in a wide range of curricular activities.  Core PE offers exciting and rewarding challenges for all abilities.