Physical Education Studies (ATAR)

Course Code: AEPES/ATPES
Domain: Health and Physical Education (HPE)
Timetable: Semester 1 and 2
Length of Course: 2 Years

Unit Information

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.

The course contains both theoretical (70%) and practical (30%) assessment components.

Year 11

Unit One

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.

Unit Two

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.

Year 12

Unit Three

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.

Unit Four

The focus of this unit is to extend understanding by students of complex biomechanical, psychological and
physiological concepts to evaluate their own and others’ performance.

Pathway Information



Students undertaking this course may wish to consider tertiary studies in:

  • Exercise and Sport Science
  • Physiotherapy
  • Biology

This course suits direct workforce entry into the following:

  • Athlete
  • Armed Forces
  • Emergency Services
  • Personal Trainer
  • Coach
  • Recreation Officer

Additional Information

Estimated Charges: $100 per year