Study of the Physical Education Studies ATAR course contributes to the development of the whole person. It promotes the physical, social and emotional growth of students. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on understanding and improving performance in physical activities. The integration of theory and practice is central to studies in this course.
The Physical Education Studies ATAR course focuses on the complex interrelationships between motor learning and psychological, biomechanical and physiological factors that influence individual and
team performance. Students engage as performers, leaders, coaches, analysts and planners of physical activity. Physical activity serves both as a source of content and data and as a medium for learning. Learning in the Physical Education Studies ATAR course cannot be separated from active participation in physical activities, and involves students in closely integrated written, oral and physical learning experiences, based upon the study of selected physical activities.
The course appeals to students with varying backgrounds, physical activity knowledge and dispositions. Students analyse the performance of themselves and others, apply theoretical principles and plan programs to enhance performance. Physical activity and sport are used to develop skills and performance along with an understanding of physiological, anatomical, psychological, biomechanical and skill learning applications.
The course prepares students for a variety of post school pathways, including immediate employment or tertiary studies. It provides students with an increasingly diverse range of employment opportunities in the sport, leisure and recreation industries, education, sport development, youth work, and health and medical fields linked to physical activity and sport. The course also equips students to take on volunteer and leadership roles in community activities.
- Theory – 70%
- Practical – 30%
ATAR courses that complement PE Studies:
- Human Biology
Developing physical skills and tactics
Students explore the practical and theoretical components required to improve the performance of themselves and others in skills and tactics related to physical activities. They examine basic and advanced movement patterns, apply tactical awareness, and understand the analysis of movement, in order to improve the quality of skill performance.
In Year 11, students will undertake two (2) practical units in sports chosen by the School from the prescribed list of sports for practical (performance). Sports that have been conducted previously include; volleyball, badminton, touch, netball and hockey.
In Year 12, students will undertake one (1) practical unit in a sport chosen by the School from the prescribed list of sports for practical (performance). Each student will also be required to select one (1) sport from the prescribed list of sports for practical (performance) for the WACE external practical examination:
Prescribed list of sports for practical (performance) WACE examination:
Motor learning and coaching
Effective instruction and coaching is explored through appropriate skill practices, and the design of strategic and tactical challenges.
Knowledge of functional anatomy provides a foundation for the development of a biomechanical understanding of movement.
Note: No calculations required
Observation, description and biomechanical analysis of movement are underpinned by movement principles and concepts.
Students study physiological capacities and the influence of energy systems to improve performance in physical activity and structured training.
The development of mental skills is recognised as being essential to improving performance and facilitating positive group dynamics.
Physical Education Studies – Year 11
Note: Units 1 and 2 are taught concurrently at PLC
The focus of this unit is to explore anatomical and biomechanical concepts, the body’s responses to physical activity and stress management processes to improve their own performance and that of others in physical activity.
The focus of this unit is to identify the relationship between skill, strategy and the body in order to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of performance.
Physical Education Studies – Year 12
Note: Units 3 and 4 are taught concurrently at PLC
The focus of this unit is to provide opportunities for students to build upon their acquired physical skills and biomechanical, physiological and psychological understandings to improve the performance of themselves and others in physical activity.
The focus of this unit is to extend the understanding by students of complex biomechanical, psychological and physiological concepts to evaluate their own and others’ performance.