Physical Education Studies (General)

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

Unit Information

The Physical Education Studies (General) 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 (General) 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 General 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.

Year 11

Unit One

The focus of this unit is the development of students’ knowledge, understanding and application of
anatomical, physiological and practical factors associated with performing in physical activities.

Unit Two

The focus of this unit is the impact of physical activity on the body’s anatomical and physiological systems.
Students are introduced to these concepts which support them to improve their performance as team
members and/or individuals.

Year 12

Unit Three

The focus of this unit is simple movement, biomechanical, physiological, psychological, functional anatomy
and motor leaning concepts. The understanding of the relationship between skill, movement production and
fitness will be further enhanced as students develop and improve.

Unit Four

The focus of this unit is for students to assess their own and others’ movement competency and identify
areas for improvement. They will build on their knowledge of training principles, nutrition and goal setting
concepts to enhance their own and others’ performance in physical activity.

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: $80 per year