Physical Education


Physical Education examines the biology, chemistry, physics and psychology of performance and the social and cultural influences on participation in physical activity. Theory and practice are integrated across this course of study which is approached through both the study of, and participation in, physical activity.

Unit 1: The Human Body in Motion

Students explore how the musculoskeletal and cardio-respiratory systems work together to produce movement.

Unit 2: Physical Activity, Sport and Society

Students will be introduced to types of physical activity and the role participation in physical activity and sedentary behaviour plays in their own health and wellbeing as well as in other people’s lives in different population groups.

Unit 3: Movement Skills and Energy for Physical Activity

Students will study the biomechanical and skill acquisition principles used to analyse human movement skills and energy production from a physiological perspective.

Unit 4: Training to Improve Performance

Students analyse movement skills from a physiological, psychological and sociocultural perspective and apply relevant training principles and methods to improve performance within physical activity at an individual, club and elite level.

Assessment activities:

Unit 1 & 2 – Students complete a number of written tests and reports reflecting on body systems in activity and a multimedia presentation on the promotion of physical activity.

Unit 3 & 4 – Students complete a series of structured question assessments and a lab report focussed on personal data collected from practical activities.

Selection advice:

This subject involves a large amount of theory linked to the science of the human body in sport. Students will be expected to participate in practical classes. Students should have completed prior studies from the Year 10 Health & Physical Education electives.

Links to further studies:

This subject would be an advantage to those students considering completing VCE Biology, Psychology & Chemistry or a university pathway into nursing, allied health, physiotherapy, medicine, human movement & sports sciences, PE teaching, or a career in the fitness industry.

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