Physical Education VCE Units 1 - 4

Physical Education explores the many factors that influence health, wellbeing, physical activity and sporting performance. This includes biological, physiological, psychological, social and cultural influences and how they all work together to influence a person’s physical behaviour and performance. 

A theoretical and practical approach towards physical activity is taken in this study. Participation in physical activity and development of performance skills provide opportunities for students to reflect on factors that affect performance and participation in physical activity, as well as improve their own performance. 

There is no denying the increasing importance of physical activity in the lives of Australians. The National Physical Activity Guidelines are explored to provide a standard of the necessary amount of physical activity required for health benefits. The barriers that stop people from being more active and the strategies we can use to increase physical activity are explored.

A scientific approach is taken to build a deep understanding of the way people perform sport and exercise and how to improve on this performance. Topics such as energy systems, fatigue and recovery, fitness components and training methods are explored.

Students who are interested in physical activity, health and fitness, and athletic performance will enjoy and value this subject. Possible pathways this subject can lead to include: exercise science, health science, physiotherapy, fitness trainer, sports coaching. 

Major Topics Covered

Units 1 & 2 include: motor learning and skill acquisition, biomechanics, muscles and bones, coaching, physical activity and health. 

Units 3 & 4 include: National Physical Activity Guidelines, participation in and promotion of physical activity, energy systems, fatigue and recovery, fitness and training, enhancing performance. 

Pre-requisite Subjects 

Units 1 & 2: Nil 

Units 3 & 4: Although not compulsory it is an advantage to have completed units 1 & 2 before commencing units 3 & 4. 

Fees Applicable in 2012 - No additional charge beyond the general materials fee. 

For further information, click on the Study Summary link that will take you directly to the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) website.