Physical Education units 1 & 2
VCE Physical Education examines the biological, physiological, psychological, social and cultural influences on performance and participation in physical activity. It focuses on the interrelationship between motor learning and psychological, biomechanical, physiological and sociological factors that influence physical performances, and participation in physical activity. The study of physical activity and sedentary behaviour is significant for the understanding of health, wellbeing and performance of people.
The study enables the integration of theoretical knowledge with practical application through participation in physical activities. There are opportunities for students to apply theoretical concepts and reflect critically on factors that affect all levels of performance and participation.
This VCE study is suitable for students with a wide range of aspirations, including those who wish to pursue further formal study at tertiary level or in vocational education and training settings. The study prepares students for such fields as the health sciences, exercise science and education, as well as providing valuable knowledge and skills for participating in their own sporting and physical activity pursuits to develop as critical practitioners and lifelong learners.
Unit 1: Bodies in motion
In this unit students explore how the body systems work together to produce movement and analyse this motion using biomechanical principles. Through practical activities students explore the relationships between the body systems and physical activity. They are introduced to the aerobic and anaerobic pathways utilised to provide the muscles with the energy required for movement and the basic characteristics of each pathway.
Students apply biomechanical principles to improve and refine movement. They use practical activities to demonstrate biomechanical principles and how the correct application of biomechanics can lead to improved performance in sport and physical activity.
In Area of Study 3, there are two detailed studies: Technological advancements from a biomechanical perspective and Injury prevention and rehabilitation, which will expand and build on the knowledge and skills introduced in Areas of Study 1 and 2. Students select one of these detailed studies to explore in greater depth.
Unit 2: Sports coaching and physically active lifestyles
This unit explores a range of coaching practices and their contribution to effective coaching and improved performance of an athlete. The way in which a coach influences an athlete can have a significant effect on performance. The approach a coach uses, the methods applied and the skills used will have an impact on the degree of improvement experienced by an athlete. By studying various approaches and applying this knowledge to a practical session, students gain a practical insight into coaching.
Students are introduced to physical activity and the role it plays in the health and wellbeing of the population. Through a series of practical activities, students gain an appreciation of the level of physical activity required for health benefits and investigate how participation in physical activity varies across the lifespan. They explore a range of factors that influence participation in regular physical activity, and collect data to identify perceived barriers and the ways in which these barriers can be overcome.
In Area of Study 3, there are two detailed studies: Decision making in sport and Promoting active living, which will expand and build on the knowledge and skills introduced in Areas of Study 1 and 2. Students select one of these detailed studies to explore in greater depth.
The award of satisfactory completion for a unit is based on a decision that the student has demonstrated achievement of the set of outcomes specified for the unit. This decision will be based on the teacher’s assessment of the student’s performance on assessment tasks designated for the unit.