Albany Senior High School/Coursebook/1PED

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NCEA Level:
Primary Qualification:
Primary Learning Area:

What is this course about?

Level 1 Physical Education offers you an introduction to the principles and concepts of Senior Physical Education and where a possible career in the Health Sport & Fitness industry may take you.

You will have the opportunity to learn about the structure and function of the human body in relation to improving performance in physical activities, explore the use of interpersonal skills within a team environment and reflect on a variety of factors that may influence our participation in physical activities. This course will foster critical thinking and will enable you to understand the role and significance of physical activity for individuals and society.

This is a university approved academic subject with a full Achievement Standard course. Subject endorsements are available in this subject. During this course you will be involved in both practical and theoretical based learning to assist you in developing the knowledge required achieved these NCEA standards.

What will I learn?

Level 1 PE Camp
During the course of the year your learning will focus on:
  • Working together: interpersonal skills, participating, contributing, teamwork & leadership. You will be working as part of a team while participating in Ki-O-Rahi. This will give you the chance to enhance your interpersonal skills and discover the effects they have on the performance of your team.
  • The science of moving: Basic biomechanics, anatomy & exercise physiology. Learning will take place in a variety of settings. You will learn how the skeletal and muscular systems contribute to movement, how biomechanical principles influence movement and how your body is impacted by short and prolonged bouts of exercise.
  • Exploring Sport Societal Issues: Exploring and investigating issues surrounding sport and physical activity such as professionalism, sexism and advertising, and gender stereotyping in sport and looking at the impact these issues have on New Zealanders
  • Perfecting performance: skill analysis, skill acquisition, participating and contributing. During this unit you will analyse your movement as well as others in an effort to improve specific skills and enhance overall performance in a physical activity. You will work on making progressions in skills and tactics to become a more proficient athlete.

What sorts of activities will I do?

You will take an active part in a number of activities throughout the year. The following are some of the possibilities:

  • Team Games: Turbo touch, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Basketball, Ki O Rahi.
  • Individual Activities: tennis, badminton, fitness activities, gymnastics, lawn bowls.
  • Outdoor Education Activities: ABL games.
  • Practical Lab Sessions - these are where you will complete practical learning activities to enhance your knowledge of the human body and how its works in relation to physical activity

What standards can I enter?

Summary of standards:
NCEA Level: Standard Number: Name of standard: Domain and Version Number: Credits: Literacy Credits: Numeracy Credits:
Internal/external assessment Assessment date & Reassessment Opportunities
Demonstrate understanding of societal influences on physical activity and the implications for self and others

Physical Education


Internal 24 August

No Reassessment

Demonstrate understanding of the function of the body as it relates to the performance of physical activity
Physical Education


Internal 5 July

No Reassessment


Demonstrate quality movement in the performance of a physical activity.

Physical Education




30 March
No Reassessment

Participate actively in a variety of physical activities and explain factors that influence own participation
Physical Education



Internal 5 April

No Reassessment

Demonstrate strategies to improve the performance of a physical activity and describe the outcomes
Physical Education


Internal 27 September
No Reassessment

Total available credits: 20


Vocational Pathways

Vocational Pathways provide a framework for students to show how their learning and achievement is valued in the workplace by aligning learning to the skills needed for industry.  

Follow this link to see the profile for this course.

University Entrance Literacy & Numeracy Information

The coded letters under Assessment have the following meanings:

N - L1 and UE numeracy

L - L1 literacy

R - UE reading literacy

W - UE writing literacy

Do I have to do all the standards in the course?

  • YES. You will be entered for all standards in the course and are expected to give your best effort in all of them. The only exceptions will where an individual learning plan is approved by the specialist subject leader after consultation with your parents, tutor and student services.
  • This will only be approved where students have attempted the external topics and find them too difficult, in which case alternative internal standards may be included in their curriculum where able.
  • Students and parents must ensure that the individualised learning plan will still meet the entry requirements for tertiary study.

Frequently asked questions:

How many credits do I need to get a Merit or Excellence endorsed certificate?

Merit endorsed certificate = 14 Merit or Excellence credits (combined) Excellence endorsed certificate = 14 Excellence credits

Is Physical Education a practical subject?

Not entirely. Physical Education is a scholarship subject so much of the work is theory based. However, most of the content can and is taught in a practical manner.

Where will Physical Education lead?

The skills developed in physical education will be useful for all students and especially those who are interested in careers such as coaching, sports psychology, personal training, sports marketing and management, teaching, sports medicine, sports science, performance analysis, police, physiotherapy, outdoor instructing and much more...

Did I need to do Physical Education in Year 10?

No. However if you did PE in Year 10 you will be building on they key concepts that you learned. If you did a sports science course in Year 10 you will find it helpful in the anatomy and biomechanics componets. However it should be noted that physical education includes the disciplines of sports psychology, sport sociology, coaching and exercise physiology. Sports science is only one component of the level 1 course.

Is there a PE uniform?

No, however students are expected to change into gear that is appropriate for PE every lesson. This is compulsory.

Is there an exam at the end of the year?

No. Physical education is 100% internally assessed, this means that you will need to work hard throughout the whole year.

Do we have re assessment opportunities?

No. You must pass the assessment first time through hard work.